Mathematics Faculty: Jon Jacobsen

Jon Jacobsen, PhD, is the Kenneth and Diana Jonsson Professor of Mathematics and chair of the math department at Harvey Mudd College. He 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.

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