Mathematics Faculty: Jasper Weinburd

Jasper Weinburd, PhD, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, studies the mathematics behind how nature forms its many reoccurring patterns. He uses dynamical systems and differential equations to model and analyze patterns such as stripes, spots, and waves. By analyzing the formation of patterns in biological and physical systems we begin to understand why they are so ubiquitous. We also gain insight into how they might be controlled for manufacturing or to disrupt naturally destructive species. For example, a swarm of locusts march in a broad line and eat their way across a crop field. Understanding the social and individual forces that influence locusts will help slow their destructive spread. Weinburd’s research is supported by the National Science Foundation through a postdoctoral fellowship that brings him to Harvey Mudd to work with Professor Andrew J. Bernoff.

Weinburd comes to Mudd from the University of Minnesota where he earned his PhD. While finishing his degree, he taught at nearby St. Olaf college in Northfield, MN. At the U of Minnesota he taught for six years in the roles of course supervisor, lecturer, and teaching assistant, winning a student teaching award. As an undergraduate, he attended a small liberal arts college and is excited to return to that environment here at Harvey Mudd.

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