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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 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 AIM (Applied and Industrial Mathematics) program.

Summer Study Abroad

The Applied Mathematics Department is offering a summer study abroad opportunity from June 26 - July 23, 2016, visiting Paris, France and Berlin, Germany. Click here for a brochure. Highlights:

  • Earn 6 credits from courses that fit into all VMI STEM majors: MA 311, Differential Equations and MA 331X: History of Math II.
  • Both VMI Civilizations and Cultures "X" requirements are satisfied.
  • Excursions to famous sites in Paris & Berlin included
  • Visit archives of famous mathematicians and scientists.

Apply at www.vmi.edu/studyabroad. Contact COL Siemers, at siemerstj@vmi.edu for more information. Application deadline is 18 December 2015.

  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 


Building a Supercomputer 'Humbling' Experience

Come January, two VMI cadets will take a plane ride to San Antonio, Texas – and give a presentation at a national conference about how they built the Department of Applied Mathematics’ first supercomputer almost entirely out of recycled parts.

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Math Prof Guides Cadet to International Publication

The winner of the 2014 Jackson-Hope Prize for Excellence in Published Scholarly Work is only in his fourth year teaching at VMI – but he’s already guided one cadet to publishing his research in an international journal.

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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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Applying Math - To Shakespeare

In the world of academia, Shakespeare and math do not seem to have much in common. But in the real world this summer, the two seeming academic opposites walked hand in hand.

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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.

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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?

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