Why does one car have more air resistance than another? How can the frequency of the electric power smart grid be kept constant under external disturbances?
Applied Mathematics is concerned with the development and application of mathematical tools for the analysis and design of dynamical systems that appear in modern technology. Mathematical modelling of the problems appearing there plays a basic role, followed by (numerical) analysis, (computer) simulation, and design of controllers to make the systems behave according to the desired specifications. Interaction with other disciplines and with specialists in the fields of application is essential.
During your 2-year Master's programme you will be embedded in one of the Applied Mathematics research groups of your choice. During your research project, you will be supervised by staff members. The research project can be taken in the form of an internship in the research division of a company as well.
I want to take part in research that contributes to the quest to better understand the world
My reason for studying maths is that I want to better understand the world. I really enjoy this about maths: all that you can see around you can be explained in a very clear manner by mathematics.
I certainly found my place in the Bachelor’s degree programme in Applied Mathematics, and found the hands-on, applied course units particularly interesting. My Bachelor’s project revolved around neuromorphic computing, in which we investigated a new approach to making a new supercomputer. That’s what I like about applied mathematics: it is not only about maths but also touches upon artificial intelligence and physics, for instance.
The Master’s degree programme also suits me well. I am enjoying the course units and they connect well together, which makes it possible to take various learning pathways. You are also free to follow course units from other degree programmes. For example, I am now following a course unit from the degree programme in Industrial Engineering and Management.
My interest mainly lies in electric circuits and the modelling of them. I hope to be able to pursue this topic in my Master’s thesis. After graduating, I want to continue in research, be it at the University or at a company like Astron, to take part in research that also contributes to the quest to better understand the world.