Certificate Program Overview
In engineering and science today there is a trend toward the use of modern, sophisticated mathematical techniques of both computational and theoretical types. One reason for this is the revolutionary development of computational resources. Modern engineers and scientists have at their disposal user-friendly, powerful computers with sophisticated graphics to display results. Such modeling and simulation techniques are also increasingly used in the biological and social sciences, especially economics. With these tools, interdisciplinary problems that are complex and nonlinear have become the norm in contemporary science and engineering. The engineer/scientist must learn to use such tools wisely, accurately, and to their full power. A natural time to be introduced to such skills is as an undergraduate. During these formative years the modern engineer or scientist should learn the use of mathematical and computational techniques in an interactive, interdisciplinary environment. At Princeton, the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics offers a small group of undergraduate students the unique opportunity to learn to perform accurate and controlled numerical studies and, perhaps most important, exposes them to the philosophy and tools of interdisciplinary applied mathematics in a very personal and individualized manner. Students who complete the prescribed requirements are awarded a certificate in Applied and Computational Mathematics. Recently a new option has become available to undergraduate math majors who intend to pursue the PACM certificate, the applied math track.
Students interested in applying or seeking more information should contact the PACM undergraduate representative, Professor Ramon van Handel, to set up an initial meeting at email@example.com. Once students have met with Professor van Handel and are ready to formally apply to the program, they must submit a one-page proposal including the following information:
- Year of graduation and major
- Student ID# found on TigerCard
- Frist Campus Center Mailing Address
- Course of Study – List the five classes being used to fulfill the course requirement. Identify which are Foundations courses, which are Applications courses, and which courses are also being used to fulfill a major requirement
- Brief description of topic for independent work (paper/course project/computational laboratory)
Proposals must be submitted by February 1st of the student’s junior year to the certificate program coordinator, Gina Holland, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students accepted into the program will be notified via email and will also receive a formal acceptance memo.