Clemson, mathematicians count on future

10/06/04

CLEMSON -- Turns out discrete math isn't discrete after all. In fact, it permeates everything from super-secret security networks to underground gambling networks. By forming the backbone for weather forecasting, it even determines when to grab an umbrella.

The 19th annual mini-conference on discrete mathematics and related fields will be held at Clemson University Oct. 7-8. Nearly 100 mathematicians will attend the annual conference, where they will listen to presentations on everything from graph and number theory to game theory and probability. Presentations will end, according to tradition, with the youngest presenters, who -- defying tradition -- are undergraduates.

"We are very pleased to have many prominent mathematical scientists on campus to attend the mini-conference," says Renu Laskar, a nationally recognized professor of mathematics at Clemson. "This conference presents a unique opportunity for Clemson faculty members and students to interact personally with the leading researchers in the nation."

The mathematics department at Clemson University was among the first in the country to offer a comprehensive mathematical sciences program that combines core mathematic principles with applied and computational mathematics, statistics and operations research.

Math is one science that places graduates in just about every industry imaginable. Mathematicians are employed as computer network administrators, epidemiologists, market analysts, cryptographers, aerospace mathematicians and more.

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