Graduate Studies in Applied Mathematics at the University of Waterloo
Applied mathematics is the application of
math to solve problems in science and applied science. Like engineering, medicine, economics and finance. The department’s research focuses on five areas, Control and dynamical systems, where the focus is on engineering problems.
Fluid mechanics, where we look primarily at geophysical fluid dynamics.
Mathematical medicine and biology. Mathematical physics where the focus is on
quantum mechanics and nanotechnology. And scientific computing, which is the development
of algorithms for the analysis of these models. We take students, of course, from math programs,
but also physics or engineering or other science programs that have sufficiently
strong mathematical background. I really liked math, and I knew once I was
in my fourth year that I wasn’t done wanting to learn math and I wanted to learn
more. I knew that I wasn’t necessarily into analysis
or statistics per say I wanted to do something really hands-on.
I chose to apply here because the University of Waterloo – especially the Applied Math
faculty and the applied math department has a very good reputation world-wide.
And its ranking is very high in the world. The students come directly into a research program, which means that they’re starting research
from day one. So being a grad student, you get to work on
a project that you are really invested in. It’s very interesting to learn new things
and see how you can apply it to a different field. My research in applied math is the numerical partial differential equations
And our goal is to use the equations to solve real-world problems.
The university is a bit more outside of the downtown area.
It’s really more on the quiet side, very spacious, very open.
It’s not as cramped as some campuses feel. As I stay here longer, I start to like this
place. Now, I really love this place. When students leave the program, they go to
a number of different directions. Some of them stay in academia
And then we have students who go into industry, students work in engineering, in consulting, in data science, those sort of areas. We also have students who go into the startup arena. And there is a lot of support for entrepreneurial activities here on campus.
That was always the thing that I said from the get-go, is I want to work for NASA.
So hopefully if they’re hiring in five years, that’s where I’ll be.