The engineering degrees offered in the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at University of Chile and Universidad de Concepción have a broad background in basic science with a two-year common plan and a solid presence of mathematics courses. On average, researchers in the CMM give more than 50 classes per year in these common plans with an annual through put of approximately 3.500 students. This fact translates into a large impact on the education of new engineers, who benefit from the experience in basic and applied research that the CMM’s members have.
On the other hand, the objective of the undergraduate degree program in mathematical civil engineering imparted by the Department of Mathematical Engineering at UCH and UdeC is to provide a solid grounding in applied mathematics that will enable our graduates to confront complex engineering problems by formulating and solving models using advanced mathematical tools. In recent years, enrollments in the degree have increased significantly. This growth can be explained by the interest that the CMM awakens in students since it gives them a window into applications and mathematical research of the highest standard.
A crucial endeavor of CMM during 2014-2017 was the revitalization of the Master Program of UCH in Applied Mathematics, reopened in 2014 as part of a wider strategy for making rigorous mathematical training accessible to students of diverse engineering or scientific backgrounds and consolidating within our programs the 4+2+3 year schedule (referring to Bachelor, Master and PhD degrees, respectively) in accordance with international standards. This program was accredited for a maximum possible period of 10 years during 2017. CMM’s support to this program has been crucial, including 26 partial or full excellence fellowships, often in strategic application areas such as data science, HPC/scientific computing, computational biology, and applied industrial problems. Moreover, CMM systematically proposes internships in some of its applied research projects, including the recently created areas of Machine Learning and Computational Biomedicine. As a consequence, in three years, the program registers 25 graduated students, with excellent career perspectives, most of them pursuing PhD studies, either at UCH or at prestigious universities in North America and Europe, and others having joined CMM’s applied research groups or its industrial partners. CMM will continue to support these activities, and will work to consolidate the aforementioned applied areas, in order to increase formal training and research opportunities and attract talented undergraduate students with diverse backgrounds in engineering and applied sciences.