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The Department of Applied Mathematics has a multifaceted mission to provide an exceptional mathematical education focused on the unique needs of NPS students, to conduct relevant research, and to provide service to the broader community. A strong and vibrant Department of Applied Mathematics is essential to the university's goal of becoming a premiere research university. Because research in mathematics often impacts science and engineering in surprising ways, the department encourages mathematical explorations in a broad range of areas in applied mathematics with specific thrust areas that support the mission of the school.


Mathematics is the language of science and is fundamental to every quantitative science and technology curriculum on campus. The Department of Applied Mathematics strives to provide a solid mathematical foundation for all students as they make the transition into graduate curricula. We provide high-quality instruction in all courses, giving emphasis to relevant and modern mathematical techniques in our advanced courses. And we encourage students to develop and utilize skills in analysis, reasoning, creativity, and exposition as they acquire knowledge of mathematics and its applications.

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Department News


NPS wide awards: December 2016

NPS wide awards: December 2016

A hearty congratulations to LT Nicholas J. Sharpe, USCG for receiving the Monterey Council Navy League Award for Highest Academic Achievement at the ceremony held on the Quarterdeck in December 2016...Read More

IEEE Control Systems 2016

IEEE Control Systems 2016

Prof. Art Krener was honored with the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Control Systems Award, Dec. 13. The prestigious award recognizes outstanding contributions to control systems engineering, science or technology. Throughout a long and distinguished career, Dr. Krener has made seminal and myriad contributions to the development of methods for the control and estimation of nonlinear dynamical systems and stochastic processes. Modern linear control and estimation theory can trace its beginnings back to several key developments around 1960. One of them was the...Read More

NPS wide awards: September 2016

NPS wide awards: September 2016

A hearty congratulations to 2LT Tom Knuth, Prof. Ralucca Gera and LT Zack Lukens at the ceremony held on the Quarterdeck on September 13th, 2016.   Left: 2LT Tom Knuth receivedThe General Stillwell Chapter award for Outstanding Army Student.   Middle: Dr. Ralucca Gera received the Richard Hamming Award for Excellence in Teaching and Advising. Right: LT Zack Lukens received the CNO Undersea Warfare Award....Read More

The Department of Applied Mathematics announces the graduation of yet another Mathematics of Secure Communication Academic Certificate cohort in 2016.

The Department of Applied Mathematics announces the graduation of yet another Mathematics of Secure Communication Academic Certificate cohort in 2016.

The group is composed of representatives from various branches of the US armed forces, as well as civilian Scholarship for Service (SFS) students: (first row from left) Prof. Pante Stanica (Program Manager); 2LT Tom Knuth,USA; 1LT Brian Weaver, USA; 1LT Austin Harris, USA; 2LT Bijesh Shrestha, USA; Assoc. Prof. David Canright; CDR Thor Martinsen, USN (PMP); 1LT Marcelo Presa, USA; 2LT Oliver Dinallo, USA; CPT Daniel Meadows, USA; Mr. Michio Poppleton, Prof. Craig Rasmussen (Math Dept Chair); Ms. Pauline Ballesteros; LT Daniel Lukaszewski, USN;LT Nicholas Sharpe, USCG; LT David Justamante,...Read More

Promotions in 2016

Promotions in 2016

A hearty congratulations to our colleagues who were promoted this year. Lucas Wilcox was promoted to Associate Professor and awarded tenure at a ceremony held on the Quarterdeck....Read More

2016 William Randolph Church Award

2016 William Randolph Church Award

An award is presented annually in honor of Prof. Warren Randolph Church, former chairman of the Mathematics Department.  This award was first presented in June 1972 and is administered through the Faculty Scholarship Committee and the Department of Applied Mathematics.  It is presented to a student at the June Pre-Graduation Awards Ceremony in recognition of outstanding performance in mathematical courses. This year's recipient is CPT Ryan Miller, who is now an instructor at the United States Military Academy West Point...Read More

NUMO Ocean Model Mentioned in Nature Article

NUMO Ocean Model Mentioned in Nature Article

Through funding from the Department of Energy, Prof. Frank Giraldo in Applied Mathematics, Prof. Wieslaw Maslowski in Oceanography and Dr. Michal Kopera at the University of California - Santa Cruz are developing a nonhydrostatic ocean model for simulating narrow fjords around Greenland. The NUMO model has already garnered much attention from the climate sciences and ocean modeling communities as is evident by its being mentioned in the following Nature article.  For more information see the NUMO website....Read More

SIAM update

SIAM update

Professor Wei Kang was elected in 2016 as the Program Director of the SIAM Activity Group on Control and Systems Theory. He will also be a Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee for 2017 SIAM Conference on Control and Its Applications....Read More

The Department of Applied Mathematics announces the graduation of its third Network Science Academic Certificate cohort in 2016.

The Department of Applied Mathematics announces the graduation of its third Network Science Academic Certificate cohort in 2016.

The Department of Applied Mathematics announces the graduation of its third Network Science Academic Certificate cohort in 2016. This diverse graduating class of 18 students represents the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps and includes the Math Department’s first graduating 2LTs from the Army’s newly-formed Cyber branch, two NPS Cyber Academic Group students, one of which is an enlisted Sailor.  Network Science Program Coordinator Associate Prof. of Mathematics Ralucca Gera and Prof. and Chair of Applied Mathematics department Craig Rasmussen stand with the students (U.S. Navy photo by Javier...Read More

BAD Math (Bay Area Discrete Math) Conference in Monterey

Prof. Ralucca Gera co-organized  the 2015 Bay Area Discrete Math Day in Monterey California on May 2nd,2015.  Please see the website for further info....Read More