The program is designed to provide a glimpse of the ways that advanced mathematics is used in the real world to solve complex problems. The students work on problems which begin with a real-life problem generated by our industrial sponsors. They work closely with a company representative to define the problem and develop solutions of immediate value to the company. They are guided by a faculty advisor to maintain a clear focus on the mathematical issues at the core of the project.
- What is the role of a mathematician in business and industry?
- What is it like to work with technical experts on a problem that requires significant mathematics but also must satisfy real-world constraints?
- What kind of mathematical and statistical tools are used to solve problems in business and industry?
The REU program at WPI provides a unique experience that answers these questions, an experience that complements standard academic training.
For more information, see the CIMS REU webpage, and applications can be submitted through mathprograms.org: