Mathematics Faculty: Jon Jacobsen

Jon Jacobsen sits on a rock next to dog Roxie Jacobsen, during a sunny day.Jon Jacobsen, PhD, is the Kenneth and Diana Jonsson Professor of Mathematics and chair of the math department at Harvey Mudd College. His research interests include mathematical ecology, dynamical systems, and Polanyi’s theory of personal knowledge. His teaching interests include any course with a derivative (e.g., multivariable calculus, differential equations, complex analysis, dynamical systems, mathematical biology, PDEs). The 2022-23 academic year will mark his 30th year teaching mathematics.

Jacobsen received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mathematics from California Polytechnic State University (SLO) and his Ph.D. from the University of Utah where he studied bifurcation theory for Monge-Ampere and k-Hessian equations.

At HMC he served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2010 – 2015 and Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students from 2015 – 2018. In 2018 he was awarded the Henry T. Mudd Prize in recognition of his service to the College.

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