ACM Career Options
Mathematical modeling and computation have become an integral part
of almost all area of academic research as well as industrial
research and development. In many cases, the required modeling task
are not readily standardizable. They require solid understanding
and creative thinking in one or more of the following aspects:
It is important to point out that, while many of these tasks
involve software engineering, they require skills that are not
typically found in a software engineer.
- Development and validation of the underlying mathematical
- development of new numerical solution procedures,
- appropriate choice of known numerical solution procedures,
- implementation of simulation software,
- validation of simulation software,
- determining appropriate simulation parameters from external
- visualization and postprocessing of simulation data,
- correct and critical interpretation of results.
Mathematical modeling and computation is a field which is
currently growing by, according to industry estimates, on the order
of 10% per year for the foreseeable future. For these reasons, the
market for qualified mathematicians, scientists, and engineers is
essentially empty; job prospects for well-trained graduates are
The role of Bachelor graduates
Most real-world computational science and engineering projects,
whether in industry or academia, are carried out by
multi-disciplinary teams which comprise specialists for certain
very specific tasks as well as communicators and integrators.
The ACM program at the Bachelor level provides graduates with a
Thus, the typical career path in this field involves obtaining at
least a Masters degree, though a direct entrance into the workforce
is not impossible.
- Our graduates have a solid background in mathematics and
science which enables them to become specialists, either by
attending focused Masters programs or via in-house or on-the-job
- At the same time they grew up speaking more than one "language"
and are well prepared for a communicator role.
Academic career paths
Graduate study and research in
Moreover, provided the elective courses and/or the focus area are
strategically chosen, also graduate programs in
- Applied Mathematics,
- Computational Engineering,
- Quantitative Finance.
- Computer Science,
- or related to focus area, e.g. Physics, Electrical Engineering,
Computational Biology and Medicine, Geosciences, etc.
Professional career paths
Typically with specialized Masters degree:
With or without a Masters degree:
- Engineering firms (automotive, aerospace, civil engineering,
- Computer Aided Design, Animation (nowadays the underlying
models often based on real physics)
- Quantitative Finance, Insurance
- Pharmaceutical and Medical Technology (computational drug
design, medical imaging, ...)