As a major hub for science and technology in Europe, IE School of Science and Technology is committed to training the next generation of multidisciplinary, tech-savvy leaders. The innovative Bachelor in Applied Mathematics is one of our flagship programs: a demanding curriculum which gives students an in-depth understanding of the application of mathematics across a variety of disciplines, preparing them to solve real-world problems in the industry of their choice.

In recognition of this commitment to excellence, we have created an Advisory Board to help steer both our overall strategy and, more specifically, our expansion into the mathematical sciences. The Board is composed of prominent mathematicians from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, who will draw on a broad knowledge base to ensure that the Bachelor in Applied Mathematics is at the forefront of mathematical education for today’s world.

Guidance, insight and a strategic vision

The Advisory Board has a number of roles. Firstly, members advise on the structure and design of the Bachelor in Applied Mathematics study plans, ensuring that these include the most up-to-date content, are internally coherent and fully prepare students to meet their desired goals. 

As the Board includes prominent scholars who lead top research groups, professors with considerable experience in managing academic staff, and professionals in high positions in industry, these individuals have access to a wide network of experts. They are therefore ideally placed to recommend other highly qualified professors who would be an asset to IE School of Science and Technology’s expert faculty, supporting its growth strategy for the coming years.

Continuing the topic of networking, Board members are also tasked with facilitating the establishment of an international network which will enable students to participate in exchange programs, possibly leading to joint degrees with other institutions. Additionally, Board members will facilitate agreements with companies to offer students internships as part of their study program, which could result in placements after graduation. 

Leading lights in industry and academia

The Bachelor in Applied Mathematics Advisory Board is a diverse group of high-profile individuals in the mathematical world. They come from prestigious universities and companies around the globe, with representatives from the US, Canada, Spain, France, Denmark and the UK. 

Alberto Enciso is a CSIC Research Professor at Instituto de Ciencias Matemáticas (ICMAT) in Madrid. His research interests include several topics in partial differential equations, fluid mechanics, geometric analysis, dynamical systems and mathematical physics. He has co-authored around 80 research papers and is the recipient of several academic prizes.

Sara Lombardo is Professor of Mathematics and Executive Dean, School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences (MACS), Heriot-Watt University and Maxwell Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Edinburgh. Her research topics include nonlinear dynamics, rogue waves and solitons, integrable systems, and automorphic Lie algebras. In 2020, she was one of the winners of the Suffrage Science award for women in science, engineering and computing.

Cristina San Jose has a distinguished career in industry, having worked for prominent financial and consulting companies before moving into data management at Banco Santander, where she’s currently Senior Executive Vice-President and Global Head of Models & Data.

Dolores Romero Morales holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from the University of Seville, and completed her PhD in operations research at Erasmus University Rotterdam. She has held academic posts at the University of Cádiz, Maastricht University and the University of Oxford, and is now Professor in Operations Research at Copenhagen Business School.

Ivana Ljubic is Full Professor in Operations Research at ESSEC Business School in Paris. Her research interests include combinatorial optimization, optimization under uncertainty and bilevel optimization. She has published more than 60 articles in leading journals, has delivered several scientific talks and lectures, and received numerous research grants.

Luc Vinet is Aisenstadt Professor of Physics at the Université de Montréal and Chief Executive Officer of artificial intelligence research institute IVADO. His areas of expertise include mathematical models in physics, algebraic structures and quantum mechanics. He has received numerous academic honors and distinctions.

Mihaela van der Schaar is the John Humphrey Plummer Professor of Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Medicine at the University of Cambridge, UK, where she leads the van der Schaar Lab, a world-leading research group aiming to improve healthcare and medical knowledge with the help of AI and machine learning. In her early career, she developed both the theoretical foundations and the first practical algorithm for streaming video.

“The field is versatile and students will be able to apply their technical knowledge to solve complex problems in a wide range of fields and environments”

Irene Alda, Academic Director, Bachelor in Applied Mathematics

Applied mathematics to solve real-world challenges

With the backing of experts such as these, the future of the Bachelor in Applied Mathematics is in good hands. Graduates of this cutting-edge program will not only have a competitive edge in today’s job market, but they’ll be able to apply their skills and knowledge in a wide range of industries, including data science, logistics, health sciences, environmental sciences, finance and engineering. It’s a program designed for analytical thinkers and problem-solvers who want to use their passion for mathematics to find practical solutions to the problems faced by business and society.