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Applied Mathematics

Applied mathematics is a discipline devoted to the use of mathematical methods and reasoning to solve real-world problems of a scientific or decision-making nature in a wide variety of subjects, principally (but not exclusively) in engineering, medicine, the physical and biological sciences, and the social sciences. Applied mathematical modeling often involves the use of systems of ordinary or partial differential equations to describe and predict the behavior of complex real-world systems that unfold dynamically in time. 

Open faculty position: Assistant Professor in Mathematical Biology

Department News 

  • October, 2020: Prof. Venturi's research features in the 2020-21 issue of the inquiry@UC Santa Cruz.
  • July, 2020: We are excited to announce the new Undergraduate Applied Mathematics major. Details here: BS in Applied Mathematics
  • April, 2020: Prof. Daniele Venturi was awarded a research grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to study high-dimensional nonlinear PDEs with numerical tensor methods.  
  • February, 2020: Prof. Marcella Gomez was awarded a research grant from the Defense Advaced Research Project Agency (DARPA) to develop data-driven wound healing models and control algorithms (article).
  • October, 2019: The Applied Mathematics department launches a new program to train the next generation of Scholars in Applied Mathematics (SAM) (website). The program is led by Prof. Pascale Garaud and it is funded by NSF.
  • September, 2019: Prof. Pascale Garaud has been elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) in recognition of her exceptional contributions to physics (article).
  • August, 2019: Prof. Dongwook Lee was awarded a research grant from the National Science Fundation (NSF) to study new shock-capturing numerical methods using Gaussian Process Modeling for extreme-scale ready astrophysical and laboratory turbulence problems.
  • August, 2019: AM graduate student Bethany Johnson was awarded the prestigious NOAA fellowship (article).
  • May, 2019: The Department of Applied Mathematics at UCSC hosted the Fifth Bay Area Optimization Meeting. The meeting, supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR),  brought together the leading experts in optimization, variational analysis, and applications form both academia and industry (Website). 
  • December, 2018: Prof. Marc Mangel, distinguished research professor of Applied Mathematics  in the Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz, has been chosen to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award of the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists (AIFRB) (article).
  • June, 2018:  Prof. Daniele Venturi was awarded a research grant from the U.S. Army Research Office to study functional differential equations (article).
  • April, 2018: Prof. Marc Mangel, distinguished research professor of applied mathematics and statistics in the Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious honorary societies (article).


Diverse Voices 2021 speaker lineup

How one life experience shapes the next: Mothusi Pahl’s path to success

With the long list of engineering leadership roles on Mothusi Pahl’s resume, you might assume that his academic background included a technical degree, perhaps a B.S. in engineering. In fact, he received his undergraduate degree in economics with a minor in mathematics at UC Santa Cruz and went on... Read More

Lehua Sparrow

Alumni Spotlight: Baskin Engineering computer science alumna Lehua Sparrow helps bridge the diversity gap in STEM

The thing Baskin Engineering computer science alumna Lehua Sparrow enjoys most about the math and science fields is the ability to come to a concrete answer.  “In a world without many answers, science and math bring me comfort because we can always come to some definite conclusion,” said... Read More

Jessica Xie

Alumni Spotlight: Jessica Xie incorporates her technical background and knack for problem solving to make a positive difference in her community

Before Jessica Xie began the Technology and Information Management (TIM) undergraduate program at UC Santa Cruz’s Baskin School of Engineering, she had almost 10 years of self-taught coding experience under her belt. A driven and curious child, Jessica began teaching herself how to code and web... Read More


Upcoming Events

Apr 19

AM Seminar: Applied Math for Harvesting Data and Model Revolution

Michael (Misha) Chertkov
Professor in Applied Mathematics, Department of Mathematics
Apr 26

AM Seminar: Learning in multi-agent systems

Maryam Kamgarpour
Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering