Our mission is to increase the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Our goal is to not only address the issue of attracting students to West Point, but also the need to support enrolled students throughout their challenging years of study. We propose to achieve this by doing the following:
- Increase the recruitment and retention rate of underrepresented minorities at West Point.
- Improve the academic performance of underrepresented minorities who study STEM related disciplines.
- Increase the recruitment and retention rate of underrepresented minorities concentrating in STEM.
- Increase interest among underrepresented minorities in pursuing post-bachelor degrees in STEM.
- Increase the presence of respected, informed, and talented faculty to encourage underrepresented minority faculty to continue studies beyond Masters.
- A national leader in undergraduate mathematics education and faculty development;
- The Army's premier source for expertise in mathematics, operations research, and applied statistics;
- Sustaining a culture where cadets, faculty, and staff members are inspired to achieve their full potential;
- Recognized and valued as a source of intellectual capital for the Academy, the Army, and our disciplines.
When Thomas Jefferson signed legislation establishing the United States Military Academy, he fully embraced the importance of 'useful sciences' in education and in the protection of our Nation. He took this action after ensuring that those attending the Academy would be representative of a democratic society. Our vision aligns with that of Jefferson and West Point, to be a preeminent leader development institution that contributes to the intellectual capital of the Academy, the Army and the Nation as a whole by increasing and improving the enrollment, performance, and graduation rate of STEM students from underrepresented minority groups to meet the needs of the Academy, the Army, and the Nation.
BG Michael Linnington- taught in the department in the early 90s. Currently the 71st Commandant of the Corps of Cadets.
LTC Shane Kimbrough - taught in the department in the late 90s. Currently NASA astronaut-STS-126 Endeavour (November 14-30, 2008)
General Omar Bradley - taught in the department in the 20's
MG Ron Johnson - former math P. Currently Senior Vice President, Referee Operations for NBA.
General Robert E. Lee - taught in the department as a cadet
Andrew Ellicott - Math P (1813). U.S. surveyor who helped map many of the territories west of the Appalachians and surveyed the boundaries of the District of Columbia
BG Sylvanus Thayer - Father of West Point- Early Superintendent. A former Mathematics Professor
George Barron- 0th Math P. Commissioned to teach at West Point in 1801
GEN Ulysses S Grant- applied several times to teach here. Became 18th President. Easier to become president of US than to become a math P.