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Introduction of School of Mathematics

The original Department of Applied Mathematics of Dalian University of Technology (DUT) was established in 1950. In the fall of 1952 when the government conducted a nationwide readjustment of colleges and universities with the aim of satisfying the needs of the far-reaching economic development of the country, the teachers and students of the Department of Applied Mathematics were respectively incorporated into the People’s University of Northeast China (known as Jilin University now) and Northeast Normal University. In 1958, the Mathematics Subject was set up under the new Department of Mathematics and Mechanics. It was not until 1979 that the Department of Applied Mathematics was reestablished and began to offer undergraduate programs. The department started to enroll graduate students in 1982, and in 1986, the discipline Computational Mathematics was authorized to grant doctorate degree by the Academic Degree Committee of the State Council. In 1988, a Post-Doctoral Research Station in Mathematics was founded. In 1998, the discipline Operational Research and Cybernetics was entitled the conferment of doctorate degree. In 2002, the doctoral program in Computational Mathematics was identified as National Key Discipline. In 2003, the department was granted the authority to launch a variety of Ph. D programs in Mathematical Sciences as a primary discipline, covering five fields including Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Computational Mathematics, Operational Research and Cybernetics, and Probability and Statistics. Later, approved by the Ministry of Education (MOE), Financial Mathematics and Actuarial Sciences was added to the list of subordinate disciplines granting doctorate degrees. In 2007, the doctoral program in Computational Mathematics passed the national evaluation as National Key Discipline. In 2008, the doctoral program in Mathematical Sciences was appraised to be the Key Discipline of Liaoning Province, and in the same year, the undergraduate program of the department was selected by the state as the Natural Science Basic Research and Personnel Training Center. In March of 2009, to promote its development, Dalian University of Technology established the School of Mathematical Sciences.

With the unremitting efforts by several generations during the past 30 odd years, the department (the present School of Mathematical Sciences) has further promoted its academic research level and comprehensive strength in Mathematical Sciences significantly and become one of the most important national bases for scientific research and talents training in this field in the country. 

By bringing excellent talents in and cultivating teachers for advanced study on our own, the School of Mathematical Sciences has gathered a contingent of teachers and researchers with reasonable age structure, extensive research interests, profound academic knowledge, and well-knit scholarly work. Currently, the faculty of the School of Mathematical Sciences includes 22 professors (20 of whom are doctoral supervisors), 24 associate professors (2 of whom are doctoral supervisors), and 21 lecturers. The School is composed of 10 research groups, including Computational Geometry and Computer Graphics Group, Scientific and Engineering Computing Group, Numerical and Nonlinear Analysis, Conic Optimization Theory and Application Group, Equilibrium and Optimization Group, Operator Theory and Operator Algebra Group, Low-Dimensional Topology and Differential Geometry Group, Combinatorics and Algebra Group, Partial Differential Equations Group, and Probability and Statistics Group. The School enjoys distinctive characteristics and outstanding comprehensive strength in the fields of Computational Mathematics, Operational Research and Cybernetics, Pure Mathematics, and Applied Mathematics.