Mathematics Faculty: Jon Jacobsen

Note: Prof. Jacobsen is on sabbatical for the academic year 2018–2019.

Jon Jacobsen, PhD, is interested in how mathematical concepts apply to real-world phenomena. Jacobsen researches nonlinear elliptic partial differential equations and their applications, including wave movement; water flow in streams and its effect on ecosystems; and creating flat surfaces efficiently.

Jacobsen is also active in K-12 math education outreach programs. He co-founded the Pathways Program, which facilitates visits from professional mathematicians to elementary, junior high and high school classrooms.

Jacobsen created The Math Demo Lab, a collection of videotaped physical demonstrations and interdisciplinary experiments that illustrate key mathematical concepts. The Math Demo Lab has been featured on NPR’s Science Friday.

Jacobsen also currently serves as Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.