Ph.D. in Industrial and Computational Mathematics

Program Description

At present African Americans are highly underrepresented in the Mathematical Sciences, and particularly in Mathematics. African American Professors are in the minority on almost all mathematics faculties, even those at historically black institutions and universities. There were 1,644 Ph.D. degrees awarded during 2011-2012, many of them to non-U.S. citizens. 25 of these degrees were awarded to Black or African American citizens. The demographics of new Ph.D. recipients in the U.S. are published each spring in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society.

The competition for talented new faculty members in mathematics is very keen, and this leaves Blacks and African Americans underrepresented on most mathematics faculties. We believe that one reason for the shortage of African Americans on mathematics faculties is that only three historically black universities offer the Ph.D. in mathematics: Howard University, Delaware State University, and most recently, Morgan State University.

The Ph.D. program in Industrial and Computational Mathematics (ICM) is in the School of Computer, Mathematics and Natural Sciences (SCMNS) at Morgan State University was started with two goals in mind. First we wanted to address the shortage of minorities with the Ph.D. in mathematics. Secondly, we had a mathematics faculty, actively involved in research, and feeling that they had achieved the academic level of a Ph.D. granting university. Moreover, the Morgan State University Strategic Plan addresses the need to establish programs at the graduate level in areas where African Americans are traditionally underrepresentedThe 
Ph.D. program in ICM offers opportunities for candidates to have an in depth study in a variety of fields from several branches of mathematics. A student admitted to the program will be able to choose his/her field of study in consultation with an academic advisor who is a member of the University Graduate Faculty. The Department of Mathematics has faculty members with expertise in real analysis, complex analysis, functional analysis, algebra, combinatorics, differential equations, operations research, numerical analysis, topology, mathematical modeling, mathematical biology, biostatistics, and mathematical statistics. The underlying principle of the Ph.D. program in ICMis the fact that solving a problem involving applications requires an in depth understanding of the mathematical concepts that are to be applied to real world industrial and computational problems. 

The overarching goals of this program are to sustain and expand the Ph.D. program in ICM and to increase the number of African American doctoral students in the program. At the same time we want to ensure that our students successful complete their program within a reasonable amount of time, approximately four (4) to five (5) years after entry into the program. To that end, the SCMNS generally, and the Ph.D. program in ICM specifically, will initiate new methods and strategies to increase enrollment, retention, and progression rates into and throughout the program. Now that the Ph.D. program in ICM has attained more university-wide recognition, greater interdisciplinary interactions are already underway with other schools in the university such as the Schools of Architecture and Planning, Engineering, Education, Social Work, and the College of Liberal Arts. There are also interactions with other units within the university such as the Patuxent Environmental & Aquatic Research Laboratory (PEARL) and the Center for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education (CEMSE). Additionally, there are external interdisciplinary interactions with Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey. Because very few African Americans are employed in industrial and computational mathematics occupations, Morgan is at the cusp of advancing into new areas of education for the existing and upcoming doctoral student cohorts.

Program Coordinator

Dr. Xiao-Xiong Gan

Current Students

  1. Brindle, Darin (2012, Prof. Gan)
  2. Candice, Jean-Louis (2011, Prof. Nkwanta)
  3. Hadley, David (2012, Prof. Grainger)
  4. Howard, Shirley (2012,  Prof. Pankov)
  5. Perry, Charles (2011, (Prof. Gan)
  6. Reznichenko, Yevgeniy (2012, Prof. Gan)
  7. Rouser, Ashley (2010, Prof. Gan)
  8. Ruffin, Prem Raj (2013, Prof. Gan)

Graduate Faculty

MATHEMATICS ARTHUR GRAINGER ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
GUOPING ZHANG ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
XIAO-XIONG GAN ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
ASAMOAH NKWANTA ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
JONATHAN FARLEY ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
LEON WOODSON ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
XUMING XIE ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
ALEXANDER PANKOV ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
BHAMINI NAYAR ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
MARSHALL COHEN VISITING PROFESSOR
AHLAM TANNOURI LECTURER
COMPUTER SCIENCE ERIC SAKK ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
VOJISLAV STOJKOVIC ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
SAMIR TANNOURI ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR