Applied mathematics is the study of mathematical problems that originate in disciplines other than mathematics. As noted by Nobel Laureate Eugene Wigner, the use of mathematics in the natural sciences is “unreasonably effective”. Mathematics provides scientists with both powerful computational tools and the very language in which their theories and models are formulated with examples ranging from quantum mechanics to the pricing of derivatives in finance. In turn, the process of formalizing insight from other fields often leads mathematicians to new and fruitful avenues of research.
Research in applied mathematics at VCU currently includes difference and differential equations, variational models, Hamiltonian formalism, arithmetic and geometric methods. Applications include optimal control theory, networks and string theory.
A subset of general applied math is the application of mathematical techniques to problems in biology and medicine.
Marco Aldi
Assistant Professor
 Harris Hall 4150
804.828.5974 maldi2@vcu.edu 

Candy Kent
Associate Professor
 Harris Hall 4173
804.828.5585 cmkent@vcu.edu 

Reed Ogrosky
Assistant Professor
 Harris Hall 4177
804.828.0459 hrogrosky@vcu.edu 

Norma OrtizRobinson
Associate Professor
 Harris Hall 4149
804.828.5953 nlortiz@vcu.edu 

Hassan Sedaghat
Professor
 Harris Hall 4168
804.828.5806 hsedagha@vcu.edu 

Ihsan Topaloglu
Assistant Professor
 Harris Hall 4151A
804.827.5277 iatopaloglu@vcu.edu 