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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 

  • April, 2021: AM graduate student Tenavi Nakamura-Zimmerer was awarded the 2021-22 BSOE Dissertation-Year Fellowship.
  • April, 2021: Prof. Qi Gong was awarded a three-year research grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to conduct research on using machine learning methods for optimal feedback control design.
  • 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).


Bethany Johnson

Two graduate students awarded prestigious NOAA fellowships

Graduate students Bethany Johnson and Nicholas Grunloh have been selected for the 2019 NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service-Sea Grant Fellowship. Johnson and Grunloh are among eight recipients of the population and ecosystem dynamics fellowship awarded nationally through a competitive selection... Read More

Japeth Frolick presenting on Partners Day 2019

Three Hundred Engineering Students Present Projects on Partners Day

“We went last year from forty projects to sixty projects this year,” Jack Baskin Endowed Professor Patrick Mantey, who created and directs the senior design capstone program said. “From two hundred students participating to three hundred, I’m extremely proud of the whole crowd.” Watch a video of... Read More

The iGEM team poses with their awards

Standout Slugs! Congratulations to this year’s Dean’s and Chancellor’s award winners

At a celebratory luncheon on June 5th, Dean Alexander Wolf honored the Dean’s and Chancellor’s Award winners. These awards recognize exceptional achievement in research projects or other creative activities. Chancellor’s Awards (Spring 2019) From the Dean’s Award recipient list, the Chancellor’s... Read More