In the Cornell Department of Mathematics, the “applied” group includes mathematicians working in dynamical systems theory, PDEs, calculus of variations, computational algebra, applied probability theory, statistics, numerical analysis, and scientific computing. The group’s activities are often coordinated with the Center for Applied Mathematics and the graduate field of applied mathematics.
Many great mathematicians of the past would be hard pressed to identify themselves as either pure or applied, and many of us at Cornell share this philosophy. Applied mathematics is regarded as an interdisciplinary activity that results from the interaction of mathematics with other sciences and engineering. Whether new mathematics is inspired by questions arising in other fields or new applications are discovered for pre-existing mathematics, the results should stand on their own within a single discipline. In addition to applied talks in departmental seminars, the group members participate in seminars and colloquia outside the department, including the interdisciplinary CAM Colloquium and the SCAN seminar.