Math in Engineering

Electrical Engineeringand Materials Science

Are advances in technology fundamental to our understanding of materials?

Yes, advances in technology are truly fundamental to our understanding of materials, and vice versa. For example, transistors and superconductors were developed by understanding the mathematics of the materials that make up these objects. Math and materials science together have also advanced technology used in infrastructure (such as highways and overpasses), aerospace (such as satellites and shuttles), and micro-electronics (such as those found in automobiles). Today, the need to describe material behavior resulting from physical interactions is forcing scientists to develop new mathematics. In fact, materials science has evolved to the point in which researchers from physics, engineering, and applied mathematics are working together on common problems.


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