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.
On April 19, 2017, Brown University's Provost presented a Distinguished Research Achievement Award to Constantine Dafermos, Alumni/Alumnae University Professor of Applied Mathematics. Professor Dafermos’ contributions and influence have played a major role in creating the distinction for which the Division of Applied Mathematics is known today. His seminal work in nonlinear systems and hyperbolic conservation laws have made Professor Dafermos the recipient of the most prestigious awards that the scientific community has to offer including election to the National Academy of Sciences and the Norbert Weiner Prize. (Read more.)
International Contest for Modeling
For the second year in a row, Brown undergraduate students win the Outstanding Winner award at the International Contest for Modeling! The team of Daniel Kunin, Dan Xiang and Sovijja Pou chose to model the problem of optimizing passenger movement through airport security. They were one of only 5 teams to receive this award out of 3664 teams that chose to tackle this problem. Daniel and Dan were part of a team that won the Brown Mathematical Contest for Modeling in November, which was organized by the Brown SIAM Chapter and sponsored by the Division of Applied Math.
Caroline Klivans, senior lecturer in the Division of Applied Mathematics, has accomplished something very rare: She challenged her doctorate advisor's postulation of the Partitionability Conjecture, and succeeded! Professor Richard Stanley was Klivan's doctorate advisor at MIT, and recently she published a paper disproving this conjecture. (Read full story.)