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MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES

Problem solving, analytical reasoning, and technical communication skills that allow cadets to tackle the complex operational, managerial, and technical problems that routinely challenge Air Force officers.

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The Department of Mathematical Sciences is the largest department at the U. S. Air Force Academy. Our programs offer a broad yet focused education in problem solving, analytical reasoning, and technical communication skills that will allow cadets to tackle the complex operational, managerial, and technical problems that routinely challenge Air Force officers.

Cadets in our programs historically perform well in areas such as operations research, physics, engineering, business administration, economics, computer science, law, medicine, meteorology, and, of course, mathematics and applied mathematics.

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August 10, 2020

USAFA Pandemic Math Team

Maj Erin Almand tests COVID samples By Nicole Cox, USAFA Graduate Liaison When USAFA made the difficult decision to send the majority of the cadet wing home in March, its faculty and staff immediately got to work to find ways to protect cadets and the USAFA mission. Experts from multiple disciplines came together to tackle the problem and answer an important question from the Superintendent: how might we safely return the entire cadet wing to USAFA for in-person instruction during the ongoing pandemic? Maj Erin Almand, a 2009 Graduate and Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology, had an answer....

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June 5, 2020

Academy announces new data science major

By Jennifer Spradlin, June 5, 2020 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – Data + analysis = command decision. This simple equation can be applied to most modern military action and shows how one element must be in concert with the other to create the right sight picture for commanders. “It’s not enough to have more data than our adversaries. It’s how we understand the information and use it at the speed of relevance that matters,” said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein. To better prepare future officers in the Air and Space forces, the Academy has created a data science...

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December 19, 2019

Cadet scholars to study in U.K., China next year

(Graphic by Tech. Sgt. Ben Stratton) By Ray Bowden, Dec. 19, 2019 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Five cadets will study abroad after graduating from the Air Force Academy next year, courtesy of two high-level scholarships. Cadets 1st Class Zach Bailey, Mary Hood and Katie Scheibner received the Marshall Scholarship, designed to strengthen the relationship between the U.K. and the U.S. Funded by the British government, the scholarship allows U.S. scholars to pursue a master’s degree at any university in the U.K. Bailey will study at King’s College and Hood at Imperial College in London. Scheibner will study at the...

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