The Division of Applied Mathematics


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.  

Kavita Ramanan receives the Newton Award

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has granted Kavita Ramanan the Newton Award for Transformative Ideas during the COVID-19 Pandemic, for her proposal on "Uncovering Hidden Dynamics by Exploiting the Algebra of Path Signatures."   The goal of the Newton Award is to fund research that would develop new paradigms, novel conceptual frameworks or theory-based approaches that present disruptive ways of thinking about fundamental scientific problems that have evaded resolution, much in the spirit of Isaac Newton's work during the Great Plague of London almost 350 years ago.  Dr. JihFen Lei, acting director of defense research and engineering for research and technology said "We were blown away by the overwhelming response and ingenuity and creativity in the proposals we reviewed."  In all there were 548 proposals submitted for the Newton Award and only 13 were chosen.  

Largest NSF grant in university history

The National Science Foundation has awarded the largest grant in university history to renew ICERM, Brown's math institute.  ICERM's unique mission is to bring about new technologies in the realm of computation and experimentaton into pure and applied mathematics.  The institute brings together renowned mathematicians and researchers, as well as students, from around the world.  (Read more


Yin-Ting Liao awarded the Government Scholarship to Study Abroad

Ting Liao was awarded the prestigious Government Scholarship to Study Abroad (GSSA) from the Ministry of Education, Taiwan, for his research project “High-dimensional phenomena and large deviations” under the supervision of Professor Kavita Ramanan. GSSA is a two-year scholarship from Taiwan established in 2003 to encourage students pursuing graduate degrees in universities abroad.  Applicants are selected based on their research proposal and the ranking of their PhD program.

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