Faculty and Staff
Faculty and Staff
Aryal, Dr. Saroj Assistant Professor 
LA 839 6572924 saroj.aryal@msubillings.edu 



http://www.msubillings.edu/mathfaculty/aryal/  




Ph.D. in Mathematics, University of Wyoming (2013); M.S. in Mathematics, University of Wyoming (2011); B.S. in Mathematics, Trinity College (2009)  


Dr. Saroj Aryal joined MSUB in 2013. He enjoys teaching a range of courses in mathematics. His main objective in teaching is to present mathematical concepts in the simplest way possible. His primary research interest is sparse moment problem, which deals with missing moment data. It has very deep and broad application since data obtained from physical experiments and phenomena are often corrupt or incomplete. He is enthusiastic about getting undergraduate students involved in his research projects. Dr. Aryal grew up in Nepal before coming to U.S. for college in 2005. Outside mathematics, he enjoys hiking, swimming, and travelling around the world visiting different cultures.  
Chen, Dr. Oliver Y.K. Professor of Mathematics 
LA 842 6572969 ochen@msubillings.edu 



http://www.msubillings.edu/mathfaculty/ochen/  




Ph.D. in Mathematics, University of Washington (1983); M.S. in Mathematics, National Tsing Hua University (1973); B.S. in Mathematics, National Taiwan Normal University (1969)  


Dr. Chen has been teaching at MSUB since 1983. He grew up in Taiwan before coming to U.S. for Ph.D. at Washington University. Dr. Chen enjoys teaching courses in mathematics and computer sciences. His main objective in teaching is to guide students with correct concepts, simplest formulas, the most effective methods and algorithms. His research interest is in pure and applied mathematics as well as computer sciences.  
Chih, Dr. Tien Assistant Professor 
LA 838 6572939 tien.chih@msubillings.edu 



https://www.msubillings.edu/mathfaculty/tchih/  




Ph.D. in Mathematics, University of Montana (2014); M.A. in Mathematics, University of Montana (2009); B.A. in Mathematics, University of Hawaii at Hilo (2007)  


Dr. Tien Chih has been teaching at MSUB since 2017. He grew up in Hilo, Hawaii before coming to Montana for graduate school. His interests include undergraduate research (contact him if you're interested!), Mathematical Outreach, Technology in Math Teaching \& Research, Cooking. Dr. Chih enjoys teaching across the spectrum of Mathematical courses from the Abstract to the Applied. His favorite part of teaching is getting students to see past the noise and grasping the concepts underneath. His research area is Algebraic and Categorical Graph Theory. He studies functions between networks, and the structures that they form. This also extends to applications if they're entertaining enough.  
Hoover, Dr. John Associate Professor 
LA 833 6572921 jhoover@msubillings.edu 



http://www.msubillings.edu/mathfaculty/jhoover/  




B.A., Coe College, 1972; M.S., Northern Arizona University, 1973; Ph.D., University of Utah, 1978  


Jacobson, Dr. Mark Dept. Chair; Professor, Mathematics 
LA 836 6572203 mjacobson@msubillings.edu 



http://www.msubillings.edu/mathfaculty/MJacobson/  




Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of Colorado (1996); M.S. in Electrical Engineering, University of Colorado (1985); B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Montana State University (1980)  


Dr. Mark Jacobson has been teaching at MSUB since 2004. He likes teaching Applied Mathematics. He finds it wonderful to see students make connections between Math and everyday applications. Dr. Jacobson's research area is electromagnetic remote sensing of the Earth's cryosphere. In particular, he uses reflected GPS signals (this technique is known as GPS Interferometric Reflectometry) to estimate snow depth, snow density, snow water equivalent (SWE) and lake ice thickness. Solutions of Maxwell's Equations (coupled linear partial differential equations) are the theoretical basis for this work. In his spare time, Dr. Jacobson enjoys hiking, backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking, fly fishing, and spending time with pet rabbits.  
Wilathgamuwa, Dr. Don Gayan Assistant Professor 
LA 841 6572920 don.wilathgamuwa@msubillings.edu 



http://www.msubillings.edu/mathfaculty/wilathgamuwa  




B.S., University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2002; M.S., Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2006; Ph.D., Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2012.  

