Education and Research
The Minnesota Center for Industrial Mathematics (MCIM), established in 1994, is the School of Mathematics’ center for research and education in industrial mathematics. MCIM faculty and students use mathematics to discover solutions to problems in industry and business.
MCIM enriches its students’ educational experiences through industrial partnerships, internships, and advising. Students gain not only a top-tier mathematical education, but important skills such as communication, teamwork, and presentation through practical experience in industry. Students' training is broad and interdisciplinary, and prepares them well for careers in industry, business, and higher education.
Undergraduate students can also be assigned to an industrial collaboration team, in which they will work together with industrial researchers, faculty mentors and graduate students.
The center’s director is Gilad Lerman. Previous directors include Avner Friedman, Fadil Santosa, Fernando Reitich, Maria Carme Calderer, and Daniel Spirn.
Industry and Internship
Student interns work under the guidance of industry mentors at top corporate research facilities. Both M.S. and Ph.D. thesis topics are often identified through these internships. Similarly, REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduate) projects are often suggested during industrial internships or by MCIM industrial visitors. For Ph.D. students, further on-site industrial collaboration may follow the initial internship. Go to our Internships page to see past internship assignments and their resulting theses.
Students’ collaborative research in industry and business, accomplished through their participation in the internship program, serves two purposes for industry. The Center provides industry with (1) resources, in the form of a graduate student supervised by a faculty researcher, to carry out innovative research, and (2) a talented pool of students with the proper background for possible future recruitment. Go to our Industrial Partners page to learn more about the leading industrial corporations that have partnered with MCIM.