Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Studentų st. 50–217, LT-51368 Kaunas, Lithuania

Phone: +370 37 300300 

E-mail: mgmf@ktu.lt

 

 
 
 
 

Faculty of Fundamental Sciences was founded on September 1, 1993. According to KTU Senate Resolution, three departments from different faculties (Physics, founded in 1922, Mathematical Research in Systems, founded in 1940, and Applied Mathematics, founded in 1962) were joined. The main purpose of establishment of the faculty was to activate scientific activities of physicists and mathematicians, and to improve the preparation of KTU students in the fields of mathematics and physics. The goal was also to provide greater independence for physics and mathematics departments in order they can competing their study programs and train the specialists.

Professor, Habil. Dr. V.P. Pekarskas was the first Dean of the Faculty and he was re-elected for a second term in 1997 and served as the dean until December of 2001.

Assoc. Dr. V. Janilionis was elected as the second Dean of the Faculty in 2006 and he was re-elected for a second term and served as the dean until December 31, 2013.

Assoc. Dr. R. Brazdžiūnas was appointed to the position of the Vice-Dean of the Faculty in 1993.

Professor Dr. G. Laukaitis served as vice-dean from May of 2005 to August 31, 2011.

Already two Vice-Deans (Assoc. Dr. Z. Rutkūnienė and Assoc. Dr. J. Dabulytė-Bagdonavičienė) served at the Faculty since September 2011.

Since October 2012 Vice-Deans were Assoc. Dr. Z. Rutkūnienė and Assoc. Dr. K. Šutienė.

The first faculty council was elected in 1993 with a chairman Assoc. Dr. A. Tamašauskas. Prof. habil. Dr. J. Dudonis was reelected in 1997, prof. habil. Dr. A. Galdikas - since 2011.

Prof. Habil. dr. A. Grigonis, prof. habil. dr. J. Dudonis,  prof. dr. G. Laukaitis were the heads of Physics Department during the period of 1993-2013 .

The heads of Mathematical Research in Systems Department during the mentioned period of time were: Assoc. Dr. A. Marčiukaitienė, Assoc. Dr. E. Valakevičius, prof. Habil. Dr. V.P. Pekarskas. The heads of Applied Mathematics department during the mentioned period of time were: prof. dr. A. J. Aksomaitis, prof. dr. J. Rimas, assoc. dr. N. Listopadskis.

Faculty student‘s union FUMSA was founded in 1996 and it was very active. Its first chairman Mindaugas Gutauskas today actively helps the faculty also. Later the union‘s chairmen were: Gytis Abakevičius, Eglė Uselytė, Mindaugas Juodaitis, Artūras Katvickis, Andrius Sadauskas, Julija Orlenko, Aušra Stankutė, Simona Čepkauskaitė, Aistė Bartkutė, Rasa Zybartaitė, Laura Viselgaitė, Vaida Godvišaitė, Vida Venckūnaitė, Rūta Petkevičiūtė, and Andrius Bareiša.

FUMSA has been awarded the nomination of the most active KTU Students’ union; its members were elected to the KTU students’ union and the Senate. Student’s union every year has organized freshmen camp, and freshmen christening, 5-day event " Funtikų days is very favorite event among Kaunas youth students - car slalom, the Faculty basketball tournament for Dean’s Cup, helped the faculty in organizing various events and conferences.

50 students were admitted to the first course of the Faculty in 1993. At this time two programs (Applied Mathematics and Physical electronics) were there. The second course of applied mathematics was formed from fifteen students from various faculties. The students of the second, third, and fourth courses of the Radioelectronics Faculty, Physical Electronics specialty were transferred to the Department of Fundamental Sciences. Master studies of Applied Mathematics and Physical Electronics were established.

Thus, the Faculty started its activities with 5 study programs: Physical Electronics and Applied Mathematics (undergraduate and graduate) and physics (PhD). At this time the faculty had about 100 students and about 100 employees. Subsequently, Physical electronics program, taking into account the realities of life, was reorganized into the program of Applied Physics. Five new programs: Materials Science (BSc), mathematics and physics teacher (special professional studies), and medical physics (master) were established at the Faculty. Faculty lecturers put a lot of efforts in order the studies at the Faculty become attractive to young people that their graduates could find work and adapt to various human activities.

And, it seems, it has been done, since the graduates were able to find work in various institutions and organizations, such as: insurance companies, banks, trading firms, medical institutions, research centers and companies applying modern technology, mathematical and physical methods, etc. Having acquired a bachelor's degree, graduates stayed to study at the faculty for further graduate program studies, the other part of graduates continued graduate studies in other faculties at KTU Informatics and Management faculties, at Vilnius University Mathematics and Informatics faculties, Vilnius Gediminas Technical university Faculty of Fundamental Sciences or abroad. Graduates of Master studies studied at KTU doctoral programs of physics, computer science, material engineering, mechanical engineering, Vilnius University Mathematics and Informatics Institute and foreign universities.

Many postgraduate and doctoral students had internship at the universities of United Kingdom, Denmark, Italy, France, Germany, Sweden, and other countries. Faculty graduates have trained logical thinking, deep mathematical and physics techniques and their application opportunities realization, versatility and suitability of mastered techniques for a number of research activities.

Departments of faculty cooperated with many foreign universities and institutes in the sphere of science and education. The newly established Faculty had no one habilitated doctor, working in key positions. 8 faculty workers during the last 10 years became habilitated doctors; five of them were appointed Lithuanian Science Award. Their winners are: Professors J. Dudonis,  A. Grigonis, V.P. Pekarskas, S. Tamulevičius, and M. K. Ragulskis. Faculty annually organized National Scientific Conferences "Mathematics and Teaching of Mathematics”, “Applied Mathematics", international conferences "Radiation interaction with material and its use in technologies”, “Medical physics in the Baltic States", which were attended by numerous foreign scientists from more than 20 countries.

The main directions of faculty research are: Basic and applied research in mathematics, physics and materials science; Interdisciplinary studies. Scientists of the faculty of fundamental sciences have found 16 research groups: Physical technologies for hydrogen energy; Mathematical modeling of heterogeneous processes on multicomponent solid surfaces; Theoretical modeling of quantum systems and phenomena; Active gas plasma interaction with solids surface; Phenomena in heterostructures; Thin film physics and technology; Radiation physics; Radiation interaction with material and individuals; Materials research by acoustic waves; Applied optics, photonics, and advanced optics; Optoelectronic phenomena; Mathematical analysis of technical, information and medical systems; Analysis of cryptographic systems; Applications of stochastic analysis and operator algebra; Mathematical modeling of technical systems; Mathematical modeling of economic systems; Mathematics didactics.

7 study programs were conducted at the faculty in fall of 2013: 3 first undergraduate programs (Applied mathematics, coordinator V. Janilionis; Applied physics, coordinator R. Naujokaitis; Materials and nanotechnology, coordinator G. Laukaitis) and 4 postgraduate programs (Applied mathematics, coordinator E. Valakevičius; Applied physics, Coordinator A. Galdikas; Materials science, coordinator G. Laukaitis; Medical physics, coordinator D. Adlienė). All study programs have been accredited for a maximum period of 6 years. Four of them (Bachelor's and Master’s of Applied Mathematics, Bachelor's and Master's of Applied Physics) were accredited by the Expert committee of the International Centre for Quality Assessment.

5 specializations (functional materials, engineering materials, materials chemistry, construction materials, and textile materials) could be chosen at the Materials Science Master's program. 28 PhD students studied in various fields under the management of the lecturers of the faculty in 2013. 488 students studied at the Faculty on October 1, 2013. 457 students studied already at Mathematics and Natural Sciences Faculty on October 1, 2015.

 

The lecturers of the Faculty worked in all KTU departments, lectured general physics and mathematics courses (about 4,000 students each semester). The necessary textbooks for all these courses were prepared and issued by the lecturers of the faculty: four volume physics textbook (authors A. Tamašauskas, J. Vosylius, I. Požela, Č. Radvilavičius), two-volume mathematics textbook (V. Pekarskas "Differential and integral calculation"), A. Aksomaitis "Probability theory and Statistics". These textbooks are popular among other high school students also.

Table 1. Distribution of the number of graduates

at Mathematics and Natural Sciences (Fundamental Sciences) Faculty
according to study programs (1993-2015)

Studies program

Number of students

Bachelor’s

Applied physics

246

Material science

83

Applied mathematics

941

Total:

1270

Master’s

Applied physics

104

Material science

35

Medical physics

61

Applied mathematics

299

Total:

499

Teacher’s (special professional studies)

Physics teacher

12

Mathematics teacher

80

Total:

92

 

Total number of graduates:

1861

 

Lecturers of the faculty interacted with a lot of physics and mathematics teachers, school children and gave them educational lectures, organized professor’s K. Baršauskas physics and professor’s J. Matulionis mathematics contests, where about 600 pupil from all over Lithuania took pat each year. Many of them came to study at the Faculty. 1861 graduates (Table 1) were prepared at the faculty during more than two decades; the faculty has become recognized in Lithuania and abroad, and favorite between young people.

 

Research and education at the Faculty is carried out in the following major areas:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Medical Physics
  • Materials and Nanotechnologies.

It also supports interdisciplinary and inter-field education and inter-institutional research.

 

The Faculty provides 3 undergraduate programmes and 4 graduate programmes for Lithuanian students. It has a strong international profile on undergraduate, graduate and research level. Incoming international students can join to one of 4 full degree study programmes organized in English. The Faculty participates in many European exchange programmes for students, such as Erasmus, Nordplus programme, IAESTE, and has bilateral agreements signed with high ranked EU Universities. On research level the Faculty also participates with a large number of projects in national and international level.

 

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Studentų st. 50–217
LT-51368 Kaunas
Lithuania
Phone: +370 37 300300 
E-mail: mgmf@ktu.lt

Dean

Assoc. Prof. Bronė Narkevičienė
Phone: +370 37 300301
E-mail: brone.narkeviciene@ktu.lt  

Vice-Dean for Studies

Assoc. Prof. Živilė Rutkūnienė
Phone: +370 693 34 786
E-mail: zivile.rutkuniene@ktu.lt

Vice-Dean for Research

Prof. Robertas Alzbutas
Phone: +3706 614 73 265
E-mail: robertas.alzbutas@ktu.lt

Head of Administration

Virginija Klusienė
Phone: +370 37 300300
E-mail: virginija.klusiene@ktu.lt

Administration and International coordinator

Indrė Starevičiūtė
Phone: +370 639 02 790
E-mail: indre.stareviciute@ktu.lt

 

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences is derived from the Faculty of Fundamental Sciences, founded in 1 September 1993.

On 1 January 2014 it was changed to its recent name. The faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences offers interdisciplinary studies of mathematics, physics, materials science, as well as implementing and promoting scientific researches.

 
 
 
 

Leisure time

Student’s union FUMSA at Mathematics and Natural Sciences Faculty unites the most active students from applied mathematics, applied physics and materials and nanotechnology specialties, who wish to work for the benefit of their faculty students.

At present, many active and friendly students from FUMSA are trying to ensure social, academic, and cultural well-being of the faculty students. The members of FUMSA are the same students, who have a common goal.

The union has long lasting traditions: every year they organize exclusive freshmen camp that is a march to life, staying on Bražuolė river coast. Annual thematic "freshman" christening tradition is unforgettable also. 3x3 basketball tournament for the Dean's Cup is organized in the early spring.

Every year in spring FSA FUMSA organizes the largest festival of the Faculty “FD” (better known as "Funtiks’ Day"), which lasts four and sometimes even five days.

1st day, unique and incomparable “IQ Day” started in 2009. There students not only can see some interesting scientific tests, but also they can test themselves in solving various logical tasks, untangle unseen puzzles and participate in various competitions.
2nd day. “Faculty holiday”. This is the day, prepared just for the students and lecturers of the Faculty. Participants actively participate and have fun outside of faculty environment.
3rd day. "Applied mathematics conference” aims to encourage students' interest in mathematics. It is included in day program since 2011.
4th day. Students’ "FUMSA car slalom” annually attracts an increasing number of students, even not only the townspeople, but also attention of professional sportsmen..

FSA FUMSA also helps students to improve; they organize seminars for elders and active students of the Faculty, provide a lot of useful information, along with the administration distribute grants, scholarships and loans, and is always ready to help.
Do not waste ideas - come to FUMSA!
KTU FSA FUMSA

Address: Studentų St. 69-108, Kaunas
Phone: (8 37) 30 09 68
E-mail: fumsa@fumsa.lt
Website: www.fumsa.lt