Mathematical Studies at Rensselaer

Home to some of the nation's leading mathematics experts, the department focuses heavily on teaching and research aimed at solving real-world problems.

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    Center for Modeling, Optimization and Computational Analysis (MOCA)

    The MOCA Center at Rensselaer promotes collaborative research involving the integration of modeling, optimization and computation to solve complex problems emerging in science and engineering.

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    Ph.D in Mathematics

    Driven by talented, dedicated, and forward-thinking faculty, learn to harness mathematics to support engineering and scientific pursuits for the good of our 21st century.

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    B.S. in Mathematics

    One of a few mathematics programs in the country with a strong faculty orientation toward applications of mathematics. Designed to aid students in constructing programs which reflect their interests and career objectives.

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    Research Training Group

    An interdisciplinary program that integrates modeling, analysis, and computations with contemporary experimental research of large multi-scale nonlinear systems and the mathematical and numerical methods needed to analyze them.

  • Develop a capacity for leadership and understand leadership as a life-long process.

  • Includes mathematical modeling and analysis, scientific computation, and critical assessment of solutions.
  • Our research areas are diverse, and play an integral role in our vision of the technological university.
  • Challenge your mathematical problem solving skills!


The Department of Mathematical Sciences is pleased to announce that Yangyang Xu, assistant professor of mathematical sciences, has received a new grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the area of  Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences  (CDS&E-MSS).  He will use the three-year, $250,000 award to study "Information-Based Complexity Analysis and Optimal Methods for Saddle-Point Structured Optimization."

The Department of Mathematical Sciences is proud to announce that Rongjie Lai, assistant professor of mathematical sciences, has received a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF).  He will use the five-year, $400,000 award to study "Geometry and Learning for Manifold-Structured Data in 3D and Beyond."

Undergraduate students in mathematics received top honors in 2021 MCM/ICM competition.

Several undergraduate and graduate math students received awards for academic achievement at the 2021 Virtual Commencement Ceremony.


The grand opening of the Center for Engineering and Precision Medicine (CEPM), a partnership between Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Icahn Mount Sinai), was held March 29, 2023 at the Hudson Research Center (HRC) at 619 West 54th Street.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) will hold its 24th annual Black Families Technology Awareness Day on Saturday, February 4. The event, free and open to the public, is designed to introduce historically underrepresented students in grades K-12, their families, and educators to educational and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Dr. Yangyang Xu, assistant professor of mathematical sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has received a $250,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to research challenges associated with distributed big data in machine learning.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Scott Forth, assistant professor of biological sciences, and Peter Kramer, professor of mathematical sciences, have received a $359,572 grant  from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a better understanding of a cellular process that, when errors occur, is linked to cancer.

Any student who applies to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as an undergraduate in the fall of 2021 or the spring of 2022 will be able to choose whether or not to submit SAT or ACT scores.

Contact Information

Mathematical Sciences

Amos Eaton 301
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street, Troy, NY 12180

(518) 276-6345