Bachelor of Science

Engineering Mathematics

Mathematics … the root of all human progress

The B.S. in Engineering Mathematics attracts students who want to apply math in the analysis and evaluation of engineering problems and scientific applications to solve the world’s most challenging problems. Mathematics forms the backbone of today’s scientific advances, and the B.S. in Engineering Mathematics provides a strong and flexible base from which to explore any number of specialties. Florida Polytechnic University’s engineering mathematics program offers an alternate track to standard engineering degrees and develops a stronger understanding of the underlying science and mathematics of engineering, as well as the application of the scientific methods to engineering problems.

Program Highlights

The B.S. in Engineering Mathematics is offered within the Department of Natural Sciences in the Division of Science, Arts, and Mathematics (SAM). The program allows students with a clear interest in and aptitude for math and engineering to concentrate their studies in the common areas of these disciplines. The program prepares students to be knowledgeable in conceptual understanding of mathematics and its application in engineering and other technical environments. All Engineering Mathematics majors participate in an interdisciplinary capstone project and an internship under the guidance of a faculty member. The Bachelor of Science in Engineering Mathematics offers two concentrations: Mathematical Medicine and Biology and Complex Systems Mathematics.

Concentrations

Complex Systems Mathematics

From transportation systems to weather patterns, biological phenomenon to global finance, social networks to societal issues such as global hunger, mathematics is the common language spoken across all “complex systems.” Studying Complex Systems Mathematics involves working across disciplines — such as partnering with biochemists and cell biologists to understand biological organisms at the cellular level. This work appeals to those who can hold both the big picture and track the details. Complex systems mathematics recognizes that the mysteries of nature and humankind reveal themselves in small, deliberate steps and requires study that is both incremental and precise — but also broad minded about changes within your discipline and beyond.

Mathematics of Medicine and Biology

The application of mathematics to medicine continues to attract research funding and talent — producing remarkable early insights and long-term promise. The research and application often involve the creation of mathematical models across nearly every aspect of human health — including disease processes, available and experimental treatment strategies, drug interactions and other components of complex biological systems. Mathematical Medicine and Biology touches every aspect of the life sciences: biomechanics, biophysics, cell biology, developmental biology, ecology and the environment, epidemiology, immunology, infectious diseases, neuroscience, pharmacology, physiology, and population biology.

Capstone: Where it Comes Together

Each Florida Poly senior joins a Capstone Design team of (three to five students) of a single discipline (mechanical engineering) or mixed disciplines (engineering, computer science, data science, etc.) to complete a year-long, industry sponsored project. Capstone culminates with a year-end gathering of sponsors and project teams, and the presentation of final ‘beta’ level prototypes. Past Capstone Design projects have led to job offers from sponsoring companies.

Get Involved

Florida Polytechnic University invites you to develop both people and technology skills through a variety of undergraduate research opportunities and student organizations: professional clubs (Sigma Pi Sigma); academic clubs (Purple Fire Robotics. Math Club, Modeling and Simulation Club); and social groups (Latin American Student Association, NerfTech).

Research Facilities

Florida Poly’s Department of Mathematics faculty collaborate with colleagues in computer science, computer and electrical engineering, and data science on research associated with the University’s Advanced Mobility Institute (AMI), an institute dedicated to testing and certification methodologies for autonomous vehicles.

This interdisciplinary relationship provides unique opportunities for students to apply mathematical principles to engineering problems in real world and research-based settings.

Suntrax

Slated to be completed by spring 2021, Florida’s Suntrax facility is a large-scale, cutting-edge facility dedicated to the research, development and testing of emerging transportation technologies in safe and controlled environments. The 400-acre site will include a 2.25-mile long oval track, which will provide an opportunity for high-speed testing, along with a 200-acre infield that will allow for the testing of a multitude of different technologies. Many of the opportunities are related to tolling, ITS, and automated and connected vehicles. Additionally, the entire site will be a connected environment for the testing of Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) and Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications.

Applied Research Center

Florida Polytechnic University is building an 85,000 square foot Applied Research Center (ARC) that will serve as a research hub for the Central Florida region and become a magnet for high-tech development around the school. The Applied Research Center will house research and teaching laboratories, student design spaces, conference rooms, and faculty offices. The building will also provide study areas for graduate students, and a small amount of administrative space.

Job Outlook

Graduates of the B.S. in Engineering Mathematics understand how applied mathematics leads to mathematical models, theories, and applications that contribute to diverse areas of science. You will be well prepared for technical R&D jobs, developing new knowledge in the sphere of engineering problems, or pursuing graduate study in math or engineering.

An Engineering Mathematics bachelor’s degree offers very diverse employment opportunities in research, space and astronomy, healthcare, engineering and applied mathematics. Graduates of Engineering Mathematics major can find opportunities as engineers/Mathematicians /Software Engineer in national laboratories, high-tech (GE, GM, Raytheon, Harris, Intel, IBM, Google, Mosaic etc.), Department of Defense, Air force and Military, NASA, Higher Education (MS or PhD programs), regional, state and federal government agencies.

Jobs using mathematics, statistics, and operations research are projected to grow by 33% nationwide between 2016 to 2026.

Faculty

Meet Ala’ J. Alnaser

Assistant Professor

He brings a mathematical perspective to ongoing research at Florida Polytechnic University’s Advanced Mobility Institute, helping to advance research on the safety and reliability of autonomous vehicles. Dr. Alnaser and a team of researchers delivered their findings — “Autonomous Vehicles, An In-Depth Analysis of Major Crashes and Recommended Mitigation Plans” — at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 98th Annual Conference.

Meet Abigail Bowers

Assistant Professor

She works at the intersection of mathematics and fluid dynamics and is one of the leading experts on the application of Navier–Stokes equations to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Navier–Stokes equations describe the physics of many phenomena, such as modelling climate change, weather, ocean currents, water flow in a pipe and air flow around a wing. Research from Dr. Bowers and others improve the use of Navier–Stokes equations in the design of aircraft and cars, the study of blood flow, the design of power stations, the analysis of pollution, and many other phenomena of scientific and engineering interest.

Meet Myles Kim

Assistant Professor

He applies mathematical theories of elasticity, fluid dynamics, and reaction-diffusion systems to advance the understanding of cancer treatments and their roles in the cellular function. Dr. Kim has been developing a computational model to explore the mechanical roles of microtubules — one of the more promising areas of cancer treatment. Studies show that even minor alteration of microtubule dynamics can engage the spindle checkpoint, arresting cell cycle progression at mitosis and lead to cell death.

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