Engineering: Applied Mathematics, Ph.D.

Ph.D. in Engineering: Applied Mathematics

About the Degree

This is a coordinated program between the College of Engineering and the Department of Mathematics. It is designed to train students in the formulation, analysis, and solution of mathematical models in a variety of application areas. It also emphasizes interdisciplinary research and teamwork. The program addresses the State and Regional needs for students with advanced training in interdisciplinary research, and prepares students for employment in government agencies, industry, and universities.

In this program students study Calculus, Differential Equations, Applied Analysis, Scientific Computation, and Mathematical Modeling. Students also study in one of the engineering disciplines.

Salary and Career Outlook

The career outlook for Mathematicians is excellent. Students with advanced mathematical training are hired in a diverse number of fields including teaching, actuarial science, computer science, operations research, biomathematics, cryptography, and finance. Employment of mathematicians is projected to grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Businesses will need mathematicians to analyze the increasing volume of digital and electronic data.

Salaries vary depending on the specific field. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2012 median salary for mathematicians was $101,360 per year.

Why Akron?

Our program is highly interdisciplinary, with students receiving advanced training in both applied mathematics and engineering.

Mathematics is the most rigorous and demanding of all intellectual pursuits. Studying Mathematics develops such skills as arguing logically and rigorously, thinking abstractly, formulating and solving problems, analyzing data, and creating and analyzing mathematical models. Employers value these skills; consequently, math majors find themselves in demand by employers for careers in a wide spectrum of fields.

Contact Information

           Program Coordinator:             Dr. J. Patrick Wilber

                                                            College of Arts and Sciences, Room 265


                                                            (330) 972-6994

            Graduate School:                   Heather Blake

                                                            Polsky Building, Room 467


                                                            (330) 972-7664