Ph.D. in Industrial and Computational Mathematics

Program Description

Applied mathematics is concern with mathematical methods that are used in science, engineering, business, government, and industry. Industrial and computational mathematics are subfields of the mathematical sciences and branches of applied mathematics. Research in the area of applied mathematics is indispensably connected with research in pure mathematics. In addition to topics from pure mathematics, industrial mathematics includes theoretical topics from various fields such as physics, biology, economics and computer science. An important focus of industrial mathematics is on problems which come from industry and/or government. Computational mathematics emerged as a distinct part of applied mathematics by the early 1950s. An important focus of computational mathematics is that it involves mathematical research in STEM areas where computing plays an essential role, emphasizing algorithms, numerical methods, and symbolic methods.

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Morgan State University's Ph.D. program in Industrial and Computational Mathematics is one of three Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) that offers the Ph.D. in the mathematical sciences. The ICM program is one of two Ph.D. programs in the School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences (SCMNS) and was started with the goal to help address the shortage of underrepresented minorities that obtain doctoral degrees in mathematics.


The Ph.D. program in ICM has achieved more university-wide recognition, interdisciplinary interactions are 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.


The Ph.D. program in ICM offers opportunities for candidates to receive in depth study in a variety of fields from several branches of mathematics. The Department of Mathematics has faculty members with expertise in real analysis, complex analysis, functional analysis, nonlinear analysis, algebra, enumerative combinatorics, lattice theory, partial and ordinary differential equations, dynamical systems, operations research, numerical analysis, topology, mathematical modeling, mathematical physics, mathematical biology, and mathematical statistics.


Specifically, our goals are:
1. To provide graduate students with essential academic knowledge, research and practical skills needed for successful careers in Industrial and Computational Mathematics related jobs at various private institutions, government agencies, academia, and industry. This will be accomplished by: training students on the interaction between various areas of pure, applied, industrial and computational mathematics.
2. Educating students on the importance of applying industrial and computational mathematics models, techniques and tools to solve real-world problems from industry and government.
3. Providing interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research training
4. Establishing partnerships with other research-intensive universities, government agencies, international organizations and the private sector that will provide training and internships to facilitate applied research activity and future career opportunities for students;
5. Establishing community outreach programs that provide awareness regarding the impact of industrial and computational mathematics as applied to finding solutions to real-world problems in industry and government.

Program Coordinator

Dr. Xuming Xie

Current Students

Almashaan, Sahar
Alston, Jasmine
Bandpey, Zeinab
Bikoi, Paul
Brindle, Darin
Cooper, Jayshawn
Evans, Eugene
Lassiter, Wallace
Mebrat, Markus
Monkam, Galamo
Norouzi, Fatemah
Seck, Papa
Shirley, Howard
Wenkanaab, Patrick



Graduate Faculty

MATHEMATICS Dr. ASAMOAH NKWANTA CHAIR & PROFESSOR
Dr. XUMING XIE DIRECTOR & ASSC. PROFESSOR
Dr. MINGCHAO CAI ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
 Dr. JONATHAN FARLEY ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Dr. XIAO-XIONG GAN PROFESSOR
Dr. BHAMINI NAYAR  ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Dr. ALEXANDER PANKOV PROFESSOR
Dr. NAJAT ZIYADI ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Dr. GUOPING ZHANG ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Dr. MARSHALL COHEN VISITING PROFESSOR
Dr. AHLAM TANNOURI LECTURER
COMPUTER SCIENCE Dr. ERIC SAKK ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Dr. VOJISLAV STOJKOVIC ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Dr. SAMIR TANNOURI ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR