Loretta Thompson
Executive Secretary

P:  (540) 464-7335
F:  (540) 464-7214

402 Mallory Hall
Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA  24450

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Applied Mathematics

  • A strong background in mathematics with emphasis on operations research, statistics, and numerical methods.
  • Industry-standard software including Matlab, MathCAD, and Mathematica
  • Fully integrated smartrooms for instruction
  • Great flexibility in the program to receive a strong technical background and have the ability to pursue minors (in Arabic, for example) or double majors (recent double majors were in history, physics, civil engineering, and modern languages)
  • Most of our graduates go into the military or industry, with some pursuing teaching (having a math degree doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily become a teacher!)
  • Senior capstone projects (focusing on the study of real-world projects based on COMAP problems)
  • Real-world research projects through the REMACS (Research Experiences in Mathematics and Computer Science) program.

Open House

The Applied Mathematics Department will be open during regularly scheduled open house programs.  We will also host afternoon presentations, question\answer periods and departmental tours from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. and 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. starting in Mallory Hall, Room 413.  Download the MACS Open House Presentation 


Seeing the Beauty of the Equations

Cadets recently experienced a connection between art and math in an interdisciplinary project involving the construction of a fractal, which is a geometric shape that repeats itself over and over on both smaller and larger scales.

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Cadet Automates Tasks For Non-Profit

A Waynesboro, Va., nonprofit organization that provides supported employment for adults with disabilities has had its record-keeping and accounting processes sped up dramatically thanks to the efforts of Cadet Alex Lin ’15.
By:  Mary Price
News - Aug. 2013

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Cadet Computer Model Predicts NBA Outcomes

Cadet James Snyder ’13 didn’t have any trouble picking a topic for his Summer Undergraduate Research Institute project. After all, he’s an applied math major with a lifelong interest in sports – so why not delve into the use of statistics to predict the outcome of basketball games?
By:  Mary Price
News - July 2013

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New Electives Deepen Research Offerings

An initiative to broaden the focus of mathematics education at VMI that began nine years ago has continued this fall with the addition of two courses in operations research to the regular curriculum.

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Inquiry-Based Learning

The standing-room-only audience in Gillis Theater was taken by surprise when Maj. Randy Cone, VMI assistant professor of math, took the stage to deliver the third plenary talk in VMI’s STEM education conference:  Inquiry-Based Learning.
By:  Sherri Tombarge
News - Oct. 2012

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Dynamic Graphing Helps Visualize Concepts

When Lt. Col. Greg Hartman wants cadets in his Calculus III class to really understand what it means to define a parabola as the curve of all points in which the distance to the focus equals the distance to a baseline called the directrix, he can just show them how it works.

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