THE application of mathematics in the sciences, technology and engineering has become effective and powerful as the central concept of mathematical modelling.
This new discipline called Industrial Mathematics is also referred to as Applied Mathematics or Mathematical Modelling.
According to UTM Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (UTM-CIAM) director Professor Dr Zainal Abdul Aziz, it is called Maths in Industry in the United Kingdom, while in Japan, it is known as Maths for Industry. Here, it is agreed upon as Industrial Mathematics.
“All these are equivalent to one another, they only differ in name. Industrial mathematics is applicable for the industrial-related application for all kinds of problems relating to car suspension system or groundwater modelling, for example.”
Employment opportunities include data analyst, QC engineer, researchers, maths modeller, and data modeller. Employment areas include the public sector, financial industry,
automotive, manufacturing and industrial companies.
Malaysian Mathematics in Industry Study Group (MMISG) is a network of applied mathematicians,
operational researchers, statisticians and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) researchers across the country centred at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).
This group has more than fifteen active collaborations with industry such as automotive, oil & gas, palm oil plantation, environmental management, as well as engineering and the sciences.
MMISG has been in operation for more than three years.
Zainal said the main focus of MMISG is to ensure that there is a good supply of individuals with mathematical skill sets as they are key to the development of industrial mathematics and also as innovation enabler for industry.
“There is a lack of understanding of this fact in both industry and academia, and it is extremely important for society that this gap is closed.
“An additional contribution to the gap between academia and industry is the lack of the importance of industrial mathematics in industry, which mainly occurred in the 1990s,” said Zainal.
A Career in Mathematics:
For Khadijah Aqilah Sallehuddin, 25, her decision to study Mathematics was the best choice she had ever made.
Currently working as a Data Analyst at Kozo Keikaku Engineering, an engineering consultant company, in Tokyo, Japan, Khadijah obtained her degree in BSc in Mathematics from UTM.
“When we talk about maths, it is not only about subtraction and division, but more to solving real world problems.
“What is unique about industrial maths that gets me so attached is the subject itself which is so peculiar but makes me understand things that can’t be defined by words.
“It is not only in the field of engineering and science, but it is also inside every picture, wave, or even music notes.
“Without even realising it, maths is part of our daily life, from the reasoning it can provide for the best time to wake up, to the amount of rice intake to make us full.
“And that makes me realise this is my path and I want to learn how I can apply maths in the real world,” explained Khadijah.
After getting her Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia results, her father had asked her to apply for a degree in medicine.
She got accepted for a BSc in Mathematics (UTM) and a medical foundation at International Islamic University Malaysia.
by Zulita Mustafa.