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The Departmental Commencement Ceremony will be held Saturday, May 16, 2015, at 12:00 noon in McBryde Hall, Room 100. Watch for future emails from Lori Berry and Dr. Rogers for important information. For University Commencement information, see Spring 2015 Commencement Ceremonies.

Students wanting to add a math major or switch to a math major can do so between February 15 and March 31, during First Summer Session, or between October 1 and the day before Thanksgiving break.

Credit by Exam Info for Fall 2015

Force-Add information for Fall 2015

Advising Information - New Courses (April 2015 update)

The 2015 Fifth Annual SIAM Mid-Atlantic Regional Mathematical Student Conference and Industrial Days is March 20-21 at George Mason University. It is hosted by the SIAM student chapters of George Mason University, Virginia Tech, and Shippensburg University.


Featured Research

Eric de Sturler - Numerical analysis and scientific computing play a key role in the design of advanced structural systems. In this (relatively) simple example we compute the shape of the strongest (stiffest) cantilever bar given a fixed amount of material. The bar is clamped in on one side and loaded on the other. This optimization combines finite element discretization of the equations of elasticity with numerical linear algebra for the rapid solution of a sequence of very large systems of equations and robust optimization to optimize the distribution of material. In addition, we reduce the cost of these expensive computations by using adaptive mesh refinement and derefinement. This research is a collaboration with Glaucio Paulino and Shun Wang at the University of Illinois. Part of this work was sponsored by the National Science Foundation under grant nr. DMR-0325939.

Click here for more information on the use of numerical methods in problems from mechanics, materials science, biology, tomography, and computer graphics.