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Mathematics, Natural and Health Sciences
AHS A-126A
Associate Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Kamuela Yong, the first Native Hawaiian to earn a Ph.D. in applied mathematics, serves as an associate professor of mathematics at the University of Hawai‘i–West O‘ahu. Recognized for his exceptional teaching, he received the 2019 Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the 2020 University of Hawai‘i Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Yong is a co-founder of, where he is building a global community for Indigenous mathematicians. Integrating Pacific ancestral knowledge, such as navigation, into his curriculum, he authored the freely available trigonometry textbook "Trigonometry Through Wayfinding and Navigation Across the Pacific," accessible on his website. Dr. Yong's research interests include mathematical modeling of biological, ecological, and epidemiological systems using diffusion.

Ph.D. Applied Mathematics
University of Iowa, 2012

M.S. Mathematics
University of Iowa, 2009

B.S. Civil Engineering and Applied Mathematics
Loyola Marymount University, 2007

2012-2015: Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Arizona State University

  • MATH 103
  • MATH 115
  • MATH 140X
  • MATH 241
  • MATH 242
  • MATH 243
  • MATH 321
  • MATH 327
  • MATH 351
  • MATH 407
  • MATH 409