Industrial mathematics is a well-established field within the mathematical sciences community. Every four years there is an International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics. In 2003 it was held in Sydney Australia, in 2007 it was held in Zurich Switzerland,

Industrial mathematics is a branch of applied mathematics, but where the latter can include theoretical topics from physics, biology, economics and computer science for example, industrial mathematics focusses on problems which come from industry and aims for solutions which are relevant to industry, including finding the most efficient (i.e., cost-effective) way to solve the problem. With the increasing complexity and sophistication of modern industry, personnel who are able to understand technical issues, who are able to formulate precise and accurate mathematical models, who can implement solutions using the latest computer techniques, and who can convey these ideas to their co-workers who may be managers, engineers, etc, are becoming a necessary part of many organizations and companies. Examples of areas in industry that industrial mathematicians can find employment are signal processing, computer graphics, risk management, system reliability, software testing and verification, database systems, production line optimization, and marketing research (see the Applied Mathematics Resources web page for career information).

Modern manufacturing and service industries have changed drastically in modern times due to the explosion in the knowledge economy. Fast and inexpensive computing, office products, the development and utilization of large databases, have necessitated sophisticated methods to meet new demands. Industrial mathematics is the enabling factor in realizing and implementing these methods. In recent years the mathematical community has responded to this growing need for mathematically trained personnel in industry. Organizations such as the Fields Institute, MITACS, and PIMS in Canada, and SIAM and the NSF in the United States (these organizations are found in the references at the bottom) have been promoting the interaction of mathematics with industry and continue to develop ways to meet industry's demand for mathematically trained personnel. The creation of mathematical and statistical modelling and the development of numerical methods and/or algorithms for computers to obtain solutions for problems in industry has come to be called

Industrial mathematics is an inherently

The Department of Mathematics, Surrey, is implementing an undergraduate program in Operation Research (Industrial Mathematics). Information about the Mathematics program at the Surrey campus can be accessed through the Department of Mathematics, Surrey, webpage.

Read this article on Operations Research from the Boston Globe, 2007.

PIMS, centred at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., is a major force in Canada for the promotion of applied mathematics. Their stated mission is to promote all aspects of the mathematical sciences by stimulating, coordinating and facilitating the activities of the mathematical scientists in Canada and by linking them more closely together and with the rest of the world. They host meetings, workshops and summer schools on all topics in mathematics but have been particularly successful in focussing on topics of current relevance in industry. In addition, PIMS hosts annual Industrial Mathematics Modelling Camps for Graduates and Industrial Problem Solving Workshops for students and faculty (see

SIAM is North America's leading organization for the promotion of applied mathematics. It is their stated policy to advance the application of mathematics and computational science to science, industry, and society; to promote research that could lead to effective new mathematical and computational methods and techniques for science, engineering, industry, and society; and to provide media for the exchange of information and ideas among mathematicians, engineers, and scientists. SIAM organizes and sponsors dozens of mathematical meetings each year, provides scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students in the mathematical sciences, and publishes journals, newsletters and books on the subject. Some selections of their publications:

The CMS was originally founded in 1945 as the Canadian Mathematical Congress, and incorporated as the Canadian Mathematical Society in 1979. The focus of the CMS is to reach out and form new partners with the users of mathematics in business, governments and universities, educators in the school and college systems as well as other mathematical organizations; and in doing so share experiences, work on collaborative projects and generally enhance the perception and strengthen the profile of mathematics within Canada.

The Institute for Mathematics and its Applications was established in 1982 by the National Science Foundation (USA) and is located at the University of Minnesota. Its mission is to close the gap between theory and its applications. This is accomplished by: identifying the problems and areas of mathematical research needed in other sciences, encouraging the participation of mathematicians in these areas of application by providing settings conducive to the solution of such problems, and by demonstrating that first-rate mathematics can make a real impact in the sciences. The Institute hosts annual and summer programs in applied mathematics and industrial programs, the proceedings of which are published in the

http://www.cims.nyu.edu

The Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences (at New York University) is one of the world's most renowned centers for research and advanced training in mathematics and computer science. The Institute has long been a leader in mathematical analysis, applied mathematics, and scientific computation, with special emphasis on partial differential equations and their applications.

__MSc Program in Industrial Mathematics at the University of British Columbia__

`http://www.iam.ubc.ca/industry/msc.html`

__The Harvey Mudd College Mathematics Clinic__

`http://www.math.hmc.edu/clinic/clinic.intro.html`

__BSc program in Industrial Mathematics at the University of South Carolina__

`http://www.usca.sc.edu/academic/Majors/IndustrialMath.html`

__MSc program in Mathematical Information Sciences for Industry at the University of Illinois at Chicago__

`http://www.math.uic.edu/~hanson/MISI.html`

__Industrial Mathematics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA__

`http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/Depts/Math`See also their Center for Industrial Mathematics and Statistics

http://www.wpi.edu/~cims/reu/index.htm

__Professional Master of Science in Industrial Mathematics at Michigan State University__

`http://www.math.msu.edu/Graduate/msim/\#MTH843`

__Industrial Mathematical Modelling for Graduates and Industrial Problem Solving Workshops__organized by the Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences

`http://www.pims.math.ca/industrial/`

__Mathematical Problems in Industry Workshops__, organized by D. Schwendeman of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.

`http://www.math.rpi.edu/Faculty/Schwendeman/Workshop/MPI.html`

- The 5th International Congress
on Industrial and Applied Mathematics, July, 2003.

*How to Start an Industrial Mathematics Program in the University*. Published by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

*SIAM Report on Mathematics in Industry*. Published by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).

*Strengthening the Linkages Between the Sciences and the Mathematical Sciences*. Published by the National Science Foundations (USA).

*Industrial Mathematics: Modeling in Industry, Science, and Government*, Charles R. MacCluer. Prentice Hall, 2000.*Graduate Studies in Industrial Mathematics*, article published in the*Notices of the American Mathematical Society*, May, 1996.

Read this article on Operations Research from the Boston Globe, 2007.