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Department of Mathematics at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Mathematics can be pursued as a scholarly discipline of an especially elegant kind (a creative art form) or it can be treated as a valuable tool in an applied discipline.

The program for mathematics majors is designed to provide a solid foundation in the theoretical and applied aspects of mathematics necessary for a variety of professional careers. Students can choose their curricula so as to emphasize that role of mathematics which will be useful to them in later years.

Doctoral programs in Mathematics Education and Engineering and Applied Science are also offered.

Latest News

PhD student recognized with an international award from SIAM

May 9, 2017 - Ph.D student Zachary J. Grant's paper (his third to date) Explicit Strong Stability Preserving Multistage Two-Derivative Time-Stepping Schemes was selected as one of the winners of the 2017 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Student Paper Prize. There are 3 prizes each year and each is given a $1000 cash award and $500 in travel support to the SIAM annual meeting. Zach will present the winning paper in a special session at the SIAM annual meeting in July 2017 when the prize will be awarded at the Prizes and Awards luncheon. The paper was co-authored by Sigal Gottlieb and collaborators Andrew J. Christlieb and David C. Seal.


Welcome New Faculty

October 21, 2016 - The mathematics department welcomes three new faculty members:

Assistant Professor Scott Field received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University. His research interests are in large-scale scientific computation, numerical analysis, surrogate and reduced-order modeling, discontinuous Galerkin methods, general relativity and astrophysics. Full time lecturers Valeria D'Orazio and Adriano Marzullo received their doctoral degrees from University of Missouri, and have research interest in commutative algebra.

See UMassD press release here for a detailed list of the university's newest faculty members.

Department's new course brings distinguished visitor

September 28, 2016 -- The Professional Preparation Program had a particularly distinguished and appropriate visitor, Sanford Russell, the director of Autonomous Vehicle Development at Nvidia. He spoke with evangelical passion on the coming of self-driving vehicles, but he showed equal passion for describing the broader exciting opportunities awaiting students in the "fifth industrial revolution" now underway.

Presentations like this (if there is another that is anything like this) will put fire in students to prepare for their entry into that revolution. Most important, they will realize that technical skills are not enough. They must also be prepared in communication, collaboration and critical thinking.


Department acknowledges famous computational mathematician

August 22, 2016 – The department of mathematics at the UMass Dartmouth would like to acknowledge the 98th birthday of Katherine Johnson on August 26.2016. Katherine Johnson was a pioneering African American woman in the field of computational mathematics. Her work at NASA over many decades had major impact in computational space science. 

To read more about Katherine Johnson, please see the wikipedia page or watch this film.


Department jointly hosted renowned physicist Dr. Kip Thorne

April 1, 2016 - The department jointly hosted renowned physicist Dr. Kip Thorne on March 29, 2016. Dr. Thorne is the originator and guiding hand of the 2014 blockbuster movie Interstellar, which is based on black holes, spatial wormholes, and other concepts at the forefront of theoretical physics.

To read more about the event and watch the videos, please visit this CSCVR page.


Department fares well in the latest campus research annual report

January 21, 2016 – The latest annual report of UMassD research and sponsored projects features the department's outstanding research accomplishments. Select highlight reflected in this report include:

  • Prof. Gottlieb's Strong stability-preserving high-order time discretization methods published on SIAM Review is named the the most frequently cited UMassD paper in the period from 1999 to 2015.
  • The number of faculty members with significant research expenditures in FY 2015 is 6, second within the college and only next to Biology department's 8.


Successful alumna featured on CAS newsletter

July 17, 2015 – Math alumna and Global Head of Biostatistics at Teva Pharmaceuticals Stephanie Dunbar is featured on the June edition of the College newsletter. See here for detail.


New AFOSR grant awarded

July 17, 2015 – Principal Investigator Sigal Gottlieb is the recipient of a federal award from the Airforce Office of Scientific Research. See here for the press release.


Welcome New Visiting Professor

April 1, 2015 - The mathematics department welcomes a new visitor:

Professor Kelong Zheng is visiting Cheng Wang for six months. His home institution is Southwest University of Science and Technology at China.

Gottlieb featured on BostInno

March 11, 2015 - Professor Sigal Gottlieb, together with Center for Scientific Computing and Visualization Research, are featured in a BostInno article.

The Circus coming to town

February 1, 2015 - Sponsored by the college of arts and science, the department will be hosting a national conference in computational mathematics called "Finite element circus" in October 2015.

The local organizers are Yanlai Chen and Bo Dong. See the conference webpage for details. 

AFOSR Young Investigator Research Program award

January 21, 2015 - Assistant Professor Akil Narayan has been awarded a Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) grant (AFOSR equivalent of the CAREER award from National Science Foundation) for a project titled "Optimal and unstructured high-order non-intrusive approximations for uncertain parameterized simulations". YIP grants are awarded to "foster creative basic research in science and engineering; enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators; and increase opportunities for the young investigator to recognize the Air Force mission and related challenges in science and engineering".

See the full press release for details.

Welcome to UMassD Math class of 2018

September 1, 2014 - The mathematics department welcomes twenty-two new undergradaute math majors. Click here for more details.

Welcome New Faculty

September 1, 2014 - The mathematics department welcomes one new faculty member:

Assistant Professor Donghui Yan received his Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of California- Berkeley, and was at Walmart Labs before coming to UMassD. His research interests are in Machine Learning, Applied Statistics, Data Science, and High Dimensional Statistical Inference.


Kim attending ICM 2014 supported by AWM-NSF travel grant.

August 19, 2014 – Saeja Kim was awarded an AWM-NSF travel grant of $2,900 to attend the International Congress of mathematicians (ICM 2014) where she gave two talks and chaired a session. Click here for details.

Congratulations MTH faculty.

August 1, 2014 – Each of the five faculty members hired after 2008 has had one or more external grants. More than 60% of the tenured/tenure-track faculty have had significant external funding in recent years.

New NSF grant awarded.

August 1, 2014 – Principal Investigator Bo Dong is the recipient of federal award number 1419029 from the National Science Foundation for "Development of superconvergent hybridizable discontinuous Galerkin methods and mixed methods for Korteweg-de Vries type equations".

Graduate student funded to participate in major HPC events.

July 27, 2014 – Sidafa Conde, a Ph.D. student, has received full travel awards to join the Brown-Kobe Joint Simulation school (Providence and Kobe/Japan, to be held August 23 - September 5 2014) and the Scientific Computing 14 Conference Broader Engagement (New Orleans, to be held November 16 - 21 2014).

New NSF grant awarded.

July 27, 2014 – Principal Investigator Cheng Wang is the recipient of federal award number 1418689 from the National Science Foundation for "Highly efficient and accurate numerical schemes for nonlinear gradient flows with energy stability".

Congratulations Newly Promoted Faculty

July 1, 2014 - The Board of Trustees approved the promotions of Alfa Heryudono to associate professor with tenure from September 1, 2014. Professor Heryudono's research is in Scientific Computing, specifically in numerical collocation methods for partial differential equations based on various basis functions. His interest also includes numerical conformal mapping, tear film dynamics, reduced basis method in collocation framework, and shape matching in computer vision.

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