The mission of the Division of Applied Mathematics rests on research, education, and scholarship. We focus our research and teaching on a wide range of areas from applied and algorithmic problems to the study of fundamental mathematical questions. In particular, we explore the connections between mathematics and its applications in biology, chemistry, engineering, geosciences, neuroscience, physics and other disciplines at the research and educational levels. Our educational efforts are realized primarily through our graduate PhD program and our four undergraduate concentrations.
Ulf Grenander, L. Herbert Ballou University Professor Emeritus, passed away peacefully on May 12, 2016. Professor Grenander's distinguished contributions made him an inspiration to faculty and students alike, especially for his seminal work in the world of patterns (a.k.a., pattern theory) that he founded. With its roots in both algebra and statistics, pattern theory became, according to Professor Grenander, "the intellectual adventure of my life." (Read more.)
Brown University mathematicians have developed a computer model describing an essential function of the spleen
A paper recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) by Pivkin, Peng, Karniadakis, Buffet, Dao and Suresh, reveals that the human spleen actually conducts something like a physical fitness test for red blood cells. (Read more.)