Mathematics Faculty: Jon Jacobsen

Jon Jacobsen, PhD, chair of the math department, 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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