Department Chair, Mathematics
Associate Professor, Mathematics
Dr. Barnabas Bede earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. His research interests include Fuzzy Sets, Fuzzy Logic and Image Processing. He serves as editorial board member of the journals Fuzzy Sets and Systems and Information Sciences.
He joined DigiPen in 2011. Before that, he held positions in Romania, Hungary, University of Texas at El Paso and University of Texas-Pan American.
At DigiPen he develops class material for Fuzzy Sets and various topics in Mathematical Analysis.
“I am really excited to be teaching at DigiPen, seeing the motivation and the dedication of the students. DigiPen students are curious and capable to understand even the most complicated concepts and proofs from mathematics.”
Dr. Ton Boerkoel received his Ph.D. at the University of Texas in Austin in 1994. Although his primary area of interest is number theory, he enjoys working in many other fields such as combinatorics, geometry, abstract algebra, complex analysis, and cryptography.
Dr. Boerkoel has been teaching at DigiPen since 2006, and prior to coming to Washington he taught at universities in Iowa, Texas and Kansas. He has been teaching mathematics for three decades, mostly in the U.S., and taught the gamut of subjects from remedial math to undergraduate and graduate classes, including trigonometry, calculus I-III, college geometry, linear algebra, abstract algebra, matrix theory, discrete math, number theory, real analysis, complex analysis, combinatorics, and problems solving, as well as online courses.
Dr. Boerkoel has given many presentations and talks on a wide range of mathematical topics, not just in the U.S., but in Holland, Chile, and India as well. He loves teaching at DigiPen and enjoys its student population and their mix of interests in computers, games, and art.
Adjunct Faculty, Mathematics
Andy Demetre earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Reed College in Portland, OR, and a Master of Science in mathematics from the University of Washington. His areas of interest in mathematics center on algebra and algebraic number theory. Recently, he has been working on problems concerning quaternion algebras over finite fields. In addition to DigiPen, Demetre currently teaches at Seattle University. He has also taught at Seattle Central Community College, the University of Washington, and at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Demetre also enjoys juggling and doing ballet. Demetre appreciates teaching at DigiPen. “The students at DigiPen are focused on learning,” he says. ”They seem to have an idea how various abstract concepts can be applied. I rarely have to answer the question ‘What are we learning this for?’”
Dr. Matt Klassen earned his doctorate in mathematics from the University of Arizona in 1993, specializing in number theory and algebraic geometry. His research interests are currently in non-associative structures on curves, and combinatorial games. Klassen has held visiting positions at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA, and Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, before joining DigiPen in 1999. At DigiPen, he teaches and develops course materials related to splines, quaternions, and combinatorial games.
“DigiPen provides a dynamic context for teaching and learning mathematics,” Klassen says. “Students are highly motivated and generally appreciate the power of mathematics, which shows up in their project work in graphics and game development.”
Klassen has developed special courses on quaternions with application to computer graphics, combinatorial game theory, and spline curves through the perspective of linear algebra.
Associate Professor, Mathematics
Dr. Brigitta Vermesi received her Ph.D. in Mathematics from Cornell University. Her main research is in probability theory and statistical mechanics, with emphasis on random walk and Brownian motion problems.
Before joining DigiPen, Dr. Vermesi was a NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics and a visiting professor at University of Rochester, Rochester NY. She also held teaching positions at Bellevue College and University of Washington, Bothell.
Dr. Vermesi has been teaching at DigiPen since 2011. During her career, she taught a wide variety of courses, from precalculus and calculus to advanced topics in undergraduate and graduate mathematics, including linear algebra, operations research, differential equations, math biology, discrete math, problem solving, graph theory, probability and statistics, and stochastic processes. At DigiPen, she teaches statistics and probability, as well as various discrete math and analysis courses.