As the United States equips its work force and industry to compete in the global economy, there is a substantial need or problem solvers with excellent analytical skills. The Center for Applied Mathematics (CAM) at the University of St. Thomas concentrates on the understanding, modeling and solution of mathematical problems whose source is outside traditional academia.
The Center's goal is to increase awareness of the uses of mathematics beyond the academic community. The Center's strategy for achieving this goal is to foster cooperation and interaction between the University and business, industry, government and other research institutions. Through such cooperation the University can provide its undergraduate students with the mathematical training and communication skills needed for careers as problem solvers in the mathematical sciences. As part of the Mathematics Department, the Center draws on the varied expertise of 14 full-time mathematicians and will work with outside organizations to design and direct student projects. Conversely, the nonacademic "users" of mathematics can provide input and support to the Center in the form of projects, student internships, undergraduate elective course design and research funding. This two-way interaction will give students opportunities to apply mathematics to "real-world" problems as they prepare to meet the challenges faced by our country's scientific, engineering, business and industrial communities.
To advance this effort, the Center's director actively seeks an interchange of ideas and problems with local business, industry, government and research centers.
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