Center for Applied Mathematics and Science (CAMS)

The centerpiece of the Center for Applied Mathematics & Science (CAMS) is a four credit undergraduate course, Directed Consulting, which provides students with the opportunity to work on a real - not just realistic - problem. While providing this educational experience for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) students, CAMS helps businesses, industries and educational agencies solve problems in strategic ways.

CAMS clients work with the program director, Dr. Kathleen Shannon (Salisbury University Department of Mathematics and Computer Science), to define a problem their business/organization would like to have addressed. The director then identifies faculty with the appropriate knowledge and expertise to direct a group of four to ten talented, dedicated undergraduate students, who spend a semester studying and addressing the problem while enrolled in the Directed Consulting course. At the end of the semester, the students prepare a written report and presentation, which includes the results of their study and their recommendations to their client.

CAMS clients have included Orbital Sciences, Business Economic and Community Outreach Network (BEACON), Salisbury University, Filtronic Comtek*, and Computer Sciences Corporation*.

For more information, or to inquire about becoming a client, please contact Dr. Kathleen Shannon at or 410-543-6476