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The Center for Industrial Mathematics and Statistics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Suzanne L. Weekes

Vol. 7 (2014), No. 3, 413–421
Abstract
I like math a lot, but what can I do with it other than teach?”

In order to enhance the educational, research, and professional experiences for students and faculty at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and to help make contacts with business and industry, the Center for Industrial Mathematics and Statistics (CIMS) was established at WPI in 1997. Faculty and students work on research problems that come directly from companies and are of industrial and mathematical significance. CIMS research activities have included projects for mathematical sciences majors during the regular academic year, and the WPI REU Program in Industrial Mathematics and Statistics, which is supported by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and our industrial partners. Here we give an overview of our experience with the industrial research program, highlighting the processes, benefits, and challenges.

Keywords
project, industrial math, statistics, student research, business, industry, government
Mathematical Subject Classification 2010
Primary: 00A69
Milestones
Received: 21 February 2013
Revised: 23 April 2013
Accepted: 27 October 2013
Published: 28 April 2014

Communicated by Darren A. Narayan
Authors
Suzanne L. Weekes
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, MA 01609-8830
United States