# Undergraduate: The Programs

## MAT 349-01 (Preparation for Industrial Careers in Mathematical Sciences)

This course prepares mathematical sciences students for industrial careers by engaging them in research problems that come directly from industry.

- Pr. permission of instructor

This course is for undergraduate majors in mathematics and related disciplines.

### Student learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students shall be able to:

- Formulate the industrial problem in mathematical terms.
- Model certain aspects of the problem.
- Summarize the results.

### Teaching methods and assignments for achieving learning outcomes:

Students will work in teams (3-5 members) on a project from an industrial company, non-profit organization, business or national laboratory. The whole class will meet once a week for a teacher’s lecture (weeks 1-2) and student presentations/discussions (weeks 3-15). Every team will also meet at least once a week with the instructor/faculty mentor and at least once a week without a faculty mentor. During the team meetings, students will coordinate the efforts and monitor progress towards the final product (written and oral reports providing a solution to the client’s problem).

At the beginning of the semester, teams will choose an industrial problem, do a literature search and study the background of the problem. Then, the exact work will vary slightly depending on the particular problem, but typically will include the following:

- formulate the problem in mathematical language
- develop a long term (10 weeks) and short term (2 weeks) plans to solve the problem
- code an appropriate computer simulation(s)
- analyze existing data
- provide solution to the problem
- prepare oral and written reports to be presented in class and to clients
- suggest further improvements and/or potential future work

### Current industrial partners

### Additional Resources

- UNCG Speaking Center Tips: Helpful tip sheets that may answer some of your communication questions.
- MAA Mathematical Communication: A developing collection of resources for engaging students in writing and speaking about mathematics, whether for the purpose of learning mathematics or of learning to communicate as mathematicians.

### Acknowledgement

This course was developed through the PIC Math program – a program by Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF grant DMS- 1345499).