Applied Mathematics

What is applied mathematics?

It’s mathematics in the service of the engineer!

It involves designing and implementing mathematical models and algorithms to simulate engineering systems, control their behaviour, predict their evolution and optimize their performance.

The main areas of application are:

  • the optimal management of communication, distribution and transport networks,
  • production planning in the workshops of the manufacturing industry,
  • real-time control of industrial production processes,
  • the automatic control of complex electromechanical systems,
  • the medium-term forecasting of economic or environmental variables,
  • numerical simulation of systems (biomedical engineering, fluid mechanics, climatology, etc.)

The organization of studies

Applied mathematics is present at the UCL through a Minor and a Major inserted in the Bachelor of Civil Engineering programme as well as through the Master of Civil Engineering in Applied Mathematics.

This training is interdisciplinary, with mathematical modelling being implemented in all disciplines of engineering sciences. These multiple fields of application are highlighted by the many options available as well as by the end-of-study work.

By delegation of the Ecole Polytechnique de Louvain, the management of the applied mathematics programme is ensured by the MAP Programme Commission.

Trades and opportunities

What do civil engineers do in applied mathematics?

Engineers in applied mathematics benefit from a versatile and diversified training sought by technologically advanced or highly automated companies. Their expertise covers a wide range of fields. The problems studied are found in most engineering sciences and technologies as well as in other sectors of life in society such as economics, the environment or health.

Applied mathematics engineers find opportunities in large production and service companies, IT companies, the banking sector and public services (transport, environment, health, etc.). Their activity generally begins in research and development departments, economic planning offices and industrial management services.

A few companies, grouped by sector, that have recently hired our graduates

Consultancy: Bain & Company, Boston Consulting Group, CSC, Deloitte Consulting, N-SIDE, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Sopra Banking Software (formerly Callataÿ & Wouters)

Energy: Electrabel, ENGIE (ex-GDF-Suez), Tractebel Engineering

Finance & Insurance: AG Insurance, Aon Global Risk Consulting, BNP Paribas Fortis, Dexia, Edmond de Rothschild, ING, Mercer, Reacfin, Secura-re

Aeronautics and space industry: CENAERO

Production industry: DuPont de Nemours, Procter & Gamble, Solvay S.A.

Pharmaceutical industry: Baxter, Merck

IT: Altran, Amadeus, Arhs, Axen, Free Field Technologies, Google, Mainsys, OM Partners, OpenERP, PSI Metals, SIM Corp.

Telecommunications: Alcatel-Lucent, ASTRID, Belgacom Mobile, SWIFT

Transportation: Stratec