The character of modern industry
and business in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has developed in terms of
sophistication and variety over the last few decades. As a result the demand
for manpower with a broad-based knowledge and ability to tackle the problems
arising from industry as well as financial institutions has arisen. In USA and
Europe such a demand has provoked the universities to introduce graduate
programs in the so- called Industrial Mathematics. One may describe an **industrial mathematician** as one who can

*find a mathematical model for a problem in technology, economy or science.*

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*treat it with mathematical methods using analysis or modern computer technology.*

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*present the
solution in a way the users in industry or finance are familiar with.*

Thus an Industrial Mathematician should normally work with
engineers, economists and scientists and especially be able to speak their
language. He should be able to develop new models, adopt the existing ones to
situation at hand and present the results in an understandable way. He can not
only develop mathematical models but also simulate and implement these on
computer. *“Industrial Mathematics”
therefore is not a restriction of Mathematics to certain areas, but it is an extension
and supplement of Mathematics. *

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The Department of Mathematical Sciences at King Fahd
University of Petroleum and Minerals, is preparing to introduce a *graduate program* to fulfill the
above-mentioned objectives with special reference to *Saudi industry and financial sector*. The program aims at providing
the background necessary to deal with the technological, economical and
environmental problems with the help of mathematical modeling. The typical
models are to be selected from the Saudi industry and financial institutions.
The title of the thesis will also be related to the needs and requirements of
the Saudi industry/financial organizations/banking system etc.

The success story of such a
program in the West is heavily dependent upon the involvement of the industrial
and the financial sectors. KFUPM also
urges the Saudi Industrial sector and financial institutions to actively
participate in the program. At this stage, your *input *regarding the needs of your organization will be most helpful
to shape the program, which meets your requirements and achieves the desired
goals.

**BRIEF OUTLINE
OF THE PROGRAM**

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**Degree
to be awarded**:

Master of Science in Industrial Mathematics

**Eligibility
for Admission:**

· A Bachelor's degree in an area of mathematical sciences, computer science, engineering or related field.

· Completion of advanced calculus sequence and a course on mathematical methods

· Knowledge of programming language.

**Core
Courses:**

There are three core courses to prepare the student to have adequate background to be able to tackle practical problems arising in industry.

1. Modeling and Simulation of Real World Problems

2. Applied Functional Analysis

3. Applied Numerical Analysis

**Elective
Courses:**

The remaining five courses can be taken from topics such as Computational Fluid Mechanics, Elasticity and Plasticity, Wavelet Methods and Time Series, Algorithm Optimization, Design and Analysis of Experiments, Inverse and Ill-posed problems, Current Topics in Industrial Mathematics, Applied Computational Algebra, Topics in Financial Mathematics. Out of these elective courses two courses may be taken from outside the Department.

**MS
Thesis:**

The student is expected to base his thesis on a topic directly relevant to Saudi industry or financial sector.

**Contact Address**

Chairman,

Department of Mathematical Sciences

King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals,

Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia

e-mail: mathdept@kfupm.edu.sa

For more information on this program please contact

Dr. F. Zaman,

King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals,

Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia

e-mail: fzaman@kfupm.edu.sa