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The Department of Mathematics and Physics offers a variety of courses in both theoretical and applied segments of their respective fields. Topics taught include algebraic geometry, fuzzy logic, dynamic modelling techniques, physics for animation, and more. The department faculty bring rigorous academic credentials and experience, having researched, taught, and published at many prestigious institutions.


Department Faculty

Dr. Michael Jahn

Department Chair
Professor

Michael Jahn received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where his research focused on mathematical logic, computability theory, and definability of computational problems. He has published in some of the top journals in mathematical logic, including the Journal of Symbolic Logic and Annals of Pure and Applied Logic.

Dr. Jahn has held various teaching positions, including at the University of Wisconsin and the University of New Mexico, as well as the computer science department at Indiana University. While at the University of New Mexico, he was employed at the High Performance Computing Education and Resource Center, where his research and teaching focused on applications of the university’s highly parallel supercomputer in scientific modeling.

Since joining DigiPen in 1998, Dr. Jahn’s academic interests have included the mathematical foundations of computer graphics, physical simulation, and combinatorial game theory.

Dr. Michael Daniel Samson

Assistant Professor

Dr. Michael Daniel Samson received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Nanyang Technological University in 2014. His research focused on scientific computing, specifically the use of the spectral methods technique. Before joining DigiPen Institute of Technology Singapore in 2015, he held several teaching positions in the Philippines, specializing in mathematics.

Michael Daniel’s research interests mostly revolve around the development of computational tools for mathematical use. He currently teaches calculus and numerical analysis. He enjoys recreational mathematical games in the form of logic puzzles and contract bridge.

Rosa Paulina Anajao

Lecturer

Rosa Paulina Anajao received her Master of Science in Physics from University of Waterloo and is a recipient of the Perimeter Scholars International scholarship from Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. She also received her Master of Science in Mathematical Physics from University of Alberta, where her research focused on the applications of computational algebraic geometry to string theory. Before joining DigiPen, she trained Singapore students for various international mathematics competitions. Rosa has published books about problem-solving strategies for mathematical contests, puzzles, and games. At DigiPen, she incorporates physics simulations and mathematical games in her math and physics lectures.

Dr. Do Duc Tai

Assistant Professor

Dr. Do Duc Tai received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Nanyang Technological University in 2019. His areas of expertise include design theory, combinatorics, and algebraic number theory.

Prior to joining DigiPen in 2020, Dr. Do had held several teaching roles at Nanyang Technological University, where he taught various mathematics courses including Calculus, Linear Algebra, Engineering Mathematics, Discrete Mathematics, and Statistics. His goal as an educator is to design an effective teaching method to enable students from all backgrounds to learn at their full potential and in the most natural way.

Dr. Wu Yilin

Assistant Professor

Dr. Wu Yilin received her Ph.D. in Mathematics from Temple University in Philadelphia. Her research interests and skills include mathematical modeling, data analysis, machine learning, and deep learning.

Prior to joining DigiPen (Singapore), Yilin taught at Temple University’s campuses in Philadelphia, U.S., and Tokyo. In addition to her higher education experience, she has also taught online courses.

With her passion for teaching, Yilin welcomes collaborations and challenges herself to work with all students and colleagues on various interesting math-related projects.

Selected Publications

  • Y. Wu, I. Klapper, and P.S. Stewart, “Hypoxia arising from concerted oxygen consumption by neutrophils and microorganisms in biofilms.” Pathogens and Disease 76.4 (2018): fty043.
  • Y. Wu, “Mathematical Models of Biofilm in Various Environments.” Diss. Temple University, 2019.
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