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Mako Haruta, PhD

I received my bachelor's degree (1984) from Smith College and my master's degree (1988) and doctorate (1992) from Boston University. Interlaced during that time, including a two-year leave of absence from grad school, I taught at Buckingham Browne and Nichols Upper School in Cambridge, Mass. for four years. I loved my experience as a math teacher at this wonderful day prep high school in Cambridge, Mass.  But I was particularly interested in teaching college, and have been a full-time member of the Department of Mathematics faculty since 1992. I’ve been fortunate enough to have excellent and dedicated mentors who inspired and supported me and hope that I can do the same for students!

I am a strong proponent of the value and benefits that come from personal interactions, engagement, and a strong community. These are characteristics that the Mathematics Department has sustained throughout its history, evident in the multiple collaborative projects and the supportive atmosphere among our faculty, staff, and students. I believe that the classroom community is equally important. My goal is to create a supportive environment for students where they are inspired to explore mathematics collaboratively.

Courses Taught

  • M 116: Contemporary Mathematics
  • M 110: Modeling with Elementary Functions
  • M 112: A Short Course in Calculus
  • M 140: Precalculus
  • M 144: Calculus I
  • M 145: Calculus II
  • M 220: Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory
  • M 240: Calculus of Several Variables
  • M 242: Differential Equations