General Information & History

Institute of Applied Mathematics (IAM) is an interdisciplinary centre fostering various researches and teaching activities in mathematical sciences. A major aim of IAM is to coordinate mathematics-based research at METU and to initiate and undertake collaborative research with industry.

The Institute of Applied Mathematics began functioning in the academic year 2002-03 by offering Master of Science (MSc) degrees in Financial Mathematics, Scientific Computing and Cryptography. The Cryptography department was the only department offering Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at that time. In the spring semester of the academic year 2004-05, IAM offered PhD in Financial Mathematics and Scientific Computing to cater the growing demands of professionally skilled manpower in Applied Mathematics. In the academic year 2008-09,  Actuarial Sciences  started to offer MSc degree as fourth program in the IAM.

Chronological History

Historical Events and Milestones
Date Event or Milestone
2020 Prof.Dr. Ayşe Sevtap Selçuk-Kestel is appointed as the Director of the Institute.
2017 Prof.Dr. Ömür Uğur is appointed as the Director of the Institute.

Cryptology Laboratory of IAM, METU, has been authorized by the Turkish Standards Institution as one of the certified laboratories used within the scope of Information Technologies Products.

2012 Prof.Dr. Bülent Karasözen is appointed as the Director of the Institute.
October 3-6, 2012

International Conference on the occasion of 10th anniversary of the foundation of Institute of Applied Mathematics, Middle East Technical University: Recent Advances in Applied and Computational Mathematics

2006 Cryptology Laboratory of IAM is founded. view
June 26, 2006 We've lost Prof.Dr. Hayri Körezlioğlu, head of the Financial Mathematics Department.
2005 Prof.Dr. Ersan Akyıldız is appointed as the Director of the Institute.
2005 We moved to our new current building.
2002 Prof.Dr. Aydın Aytuna is appointed as the founding Director of the Institute
2002 Foundation of the Institute


The objectives of the Institute of Applied Mathematics are:

  • to coordinate mathematically based research at METU in fostering interdisciplinary collaboration between the department of Mathematics and the other departments within METU;
  • to train university graduates from different disciplines in theoretical and practical aspects of mathematical sciences in order to address the interdisciplinary needs of both public and private sectors;
  • to conduct short courses to industrial partners;
  • to organize and conduct international workshops and summer schools in chosen research areas.

The Institute plans to offer programs leading to Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Science (MSc) degrees in various areas of mathematical sciences. It is anticipated that the institute will develop innovative new mathematics-based interdisciplinary programs in the years to come.

Programs (Departments)

IAM consists of four departments (programmes):

See  Academic Catalogue at METU