Philip B. Yasskin
Associate Professor
Contacts
Education

Ph.D., Physics, University of Maryland, May 1979

M.S., Physics, University of Maryland, December 1975

M.S., Applied Mathematics, University of Pennsylvania, May 1971

B.A., Mathematics and Physics, University of Pennsylvania, May 1971

Diploma, Central High School of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 1967
In the Profession

9/1988  present (2023), Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, Texas A&M University

9/1982  8/1988, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Texas A&M University

7/1980  6/1982 Lecturer and Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Mathematics, University of California at Berkeley
Fellow under Isadore Singer
Taught General Relativity, Discrete Mathematics, Mathematical Tools for Physical Sciences

9/1978  8/1980 Chaim Weizmann Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Physics, Harvard University
Fellow under Arthur Jaffe

6/1978  8/1978 Research Assistant, Department of Physics, Univ. of Maryland
NASA Contract under Charles Misner

1/1978  5/1978 Teaching Assistant, Department of Physics, Univ. of Maryland
Taught Fibre Bundles for Physicists

3/1977  12/1977 Research Assistant, Department of Physics, Univ. of Maryland

6/1975  2/1977 Research Assistant, Goddard Space Flight Center

9/1971  5/1975 Teaching Assistant, Department of Physics, Univ. of Maryland
Research and Scholarly Interests
 General Relativity
 Differential Geometry
 AmbiTwistor Theory
 Classical Field Theory
 Applications of Computer Algebra Systems
 Technology in STEM Education
 Enhancement of K12 Education
 Outreach to K12 Students and Teachers
Projects

Current Projects
Details at:
http://www.math.tamu.edu/~yasskin/resume/YasskinCurrentProjects2023.html

MYMathApps Calculus 1, 2, & 3 (MYMACalc)
https://www.math.tamu.edu/maple/maplets/MYMACalc/
(for TAMU students and faculty)
(A list of contributors is at
https://mymathapps.com/mymacalcsample/Credits.html)
A 3semester online Calculus text which is fully hyperlinked, is highly
interactive and emphasizes 2d and 3D graphics and animations.
A sample for the general public is available at
http://www.MYMathApps.com/mymacalcsample
The book includes:

Using Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence to Improve
Teaching and Learning Spatial Transformations in STEM Disciplines
(ARAITrans)
PI: Yan, W., CoPIs: Yasskin, P., Quek, F., Burte, H., Song, D., and CoI: Liew, J.
We are developing ways to use augmented reality to teach translations,
rotations, reflections, dilations and other 3D spacial transformations
to architechture, engineering, geoscience, computer science, science
and math students. Students will hold a Lego model in their hand and a
virtual model will appear on the screen tracking the motions of the
physical model. As this happens, the screen will also display the matrix
transformations which describe the motions.

Maplets for Calculus (M4C) (with D. Meade)
https://www.math.tamu.edu/maple/maplets/1.4/MapletsForCalculus.html
(for TAMU students and faculty)
(A list of contributors is at
https://mymathapps.com/mymacalcsample/Credits.html)
A collection of 201 Maple applets for tutoring calculus online.
The M4C is now included in MYMACalc and is gradually being converted
into web pages for direct inclusion in the textbook.
The general public may purchase the M4C at
http://www.MYMathApps.com

TAMU Math Circle Apps (with C. Van Huyck)
https://mymathapps.com/mymacalcsample/MathCircleApps/MContents.html
A collection of interactive applets for use at online Math Circles.
Available to the general public.

NOYCE Scholars (with Y. Li, S. Nite, R. Howe, et. al.)
https://www.math.tamu.edu/~snite/Noyce.html
An NSF Scholarship program to train future Math teachers.

Previous Projects

National Math Digital Library (MathDL) (with L. Moore, D. Meade, et. al.)
for Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus

Fellows Integrate Science/Math in Rural Middle Schools (with L. Johnson, et. al.)
https://vetmed.tamu.edu/peer/
An NSF program to send STEM graduate students into K12 schools to work
with teachers and act as roll models for underserved groups.

Writing for Assessment and Learning in the Natural and Mathematical Sciences (WALS)

Deformation of Material Structure: Extrusion of Polycrystalline Materials

CalcLabs with Maple for Single Variable Calculus (with A. Boggess, et. al.)
Cengage Learning, ISBN13: 9780495560623

CalcLabs with Maple for Mulitvariable Calculus (with A. Belmonte)
Cengage Learning, ISBN13: 9780495560586

VecCalc (with A. Belmonte)
https://calclab.math.tamu.edu/maple/veccalc
Maple package for Vector Calculus

WebCalc I (with G. D. Allen and M. Stecher)
An online Calculus 1 textbook written in Scientific Notebook 5.5.
It is no longer easily accessible but was the inspiration for MYMACalc 1.

WebCalc II (with G. Keiffer)
An online Calculus 2 textbook written in Scientific Notebook 5.5.
It is no longer easily accessible but was the initial draft of MYMACalc 2.

WebCalc III (with D. Migl)
An online Calculus 3 textbook written in Scientific Notebook 5.5.
It was never used for teaching but was the initial draft of MYMACalc 3.
Awards

2018, TAMU Sigma Xi Outstanding Scientific Communicator Award
https://sigmaxi.tamu.edu/awards/outstandingcommunicatoraward/pastoutstandingcommunicatorawards

2014, Raytheon, MathMovesU, Math Hero Award
https://raytheon.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=2645
https://science.tamu.edu/news/2014/09/yasskinhonoredas2014raytheonmathhero/

2008 ICTCM Award
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ICTCM_Award
presented to Drs. Philip Yasskin and Douglas Meade and their program
"Maplets for Calculus" for "excellence and innovation in using technology
to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics" at the
20th International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics (ICTCM),
San Antonio, TX, March 6, 2008

2011, The Association of Former Students,
Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching in the College of Science

1996, 2007, Outstanding Service Awards, Dept of Math

1999, Outstanding Teaching Award, Dept of Math

Best Maple Website for Fall 2000: Maple Animations
http://www.math.tamu.edu/~yasskin/animaple/

Gravity Research Foundation Essay Contest

1980  Honorable Mention ``Two Kinds of Rotation: An Argument for Torsion''

1981  Fifth Award ``NonSelfDual Nonlinear Gravitons'' (with J. Isenberg)

Chaim Weizmann Postdoctoral Fellowship for Scientific Research, 1978  1980

Putnam Mathematics Competition, National Ranks:
1968  264th, 1969  456th, 1970  112th
Grants

NSF, RETTL 2119549, Using Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence to Improve
Teaching and Learning Spatial Transformations in STEM Disciplines
http://nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=2119549,
PI: Yan, W. CoPIs: Yasskin, P., Quek, F., Burte, H., Song, D., and CoI: Liew, J.,
Oct 1, 2021  Sept 30, 2024

NSF DUE #1852942, Strengthening Mathematics Instructions for Elementary & Middle Schools,
Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program
http://nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1852942,
CoPI, (with Y. Li, S. Nite, L. Kelly & R. Howe),
June 1 , 2019  May 31, 2024

TAMU Academic Innovation Grant for development of the MYMathApps Calculus textbook 2018  2019.

MAA Dolciani Grant for Math Circle outreach, (with F. Sottile & A. Sprintson) 2015  2016.

MAA Dolciani Grant for Math Circle outreach, (with F. Sottile & A. Sprintson) 2014  2015.

NSF DUE #1123255, Collaborative Research: Maplets for Calculus
http://nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1123255,
PI, (with D. Meade), Sept 1, 2011  Aug 31, 2017

NSF DUE #0737248, Collaborative Proposal: Maplets for Calculus
http://nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=0737248,
PI, (with D. Meade), June 15, 2008  May 31, 2011

NSF DUE #0638738, Fellows Integrate Science/Math in Rural Middle Schools, renewal
http://nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=0638738
Investigator, with PI: Larry Johnson, Feb 1, 2007  Jan 31, 2011

NSF DUE #0338310, Fellows Integrate Science/Math in Rural Middle Schools
http://nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=0338310
Investigator, with PI: Larry Johnson, Jan 1, 2004  Dec 31, 2006
Selected Publications or Scholarly Works

2020, "Can we Observe the Torsion of the Connection in the Geometry of the Universe?",
in The Sounds of Science — a Symphony for many Instruments and Voices,
ed. by R. Allen & S. Lidström,
Physica Scripta 95 No.6 062501, 3637
(with G. Alexander, R. E. Allen, A. Atala, W. P. Bowen, A. A. Coley,
J. B. Goodenough, M. I. Katsnelson, E. V. Koonin, M. Krenn, L. S. Madsen,
M. Månsson, N. P. Mauranyapin, A. I. Melvin, E. Rasel, L. E. Reichl,
R. Yampolskiy, A. Zeilinger and S. Lidström)

2019, "Toilet Paper Math",
Inspiring Mathematics, Lessons from the Navajo Nation Math Circles,
ed. by D. Auckly, B. Klein, A. Serenevy & T. Shubin, (pp. 6174),
AMS, MSRI Mathematical Circles Library 24, (with D. Auckly).
ISBN: 9781470453879

2009, "Maplets for Calculus: Improving Student Skills and Understanding in Calculus",
Elec Proc of 20th ICTCM, (with D. Meade)
http://archives.math.utk.edu/ICTCM/i/20/M010.html

2004, "Product Yield for ECAE processing,"
Scripta Materialia 51 373377
(with R. Barber, T. Dudo and T. Hartwig of TAMU Mech Eng)

2001, "Towards an Ambitwistor Description of Gravity,"
in Further Advances in Twistor Theory, Vol III: Curved Twistor Spaces,
ed. by Mason, Hughston, Kobak and Pulverer,
(Chapman & Hall/CRC Press, 2001) pp. 150158 (with J. Isenberg).

1985, "The Dynamics of the EinsteinDirac System I:
A Principal Bundle Formulation of the Theory and its Canonical Analysis,"
Annals of Physics, 164, 103171 (with D. Bao and J. Isenberg).

1982, "NonSelfDual Nonlinear Gravitons,"
General Relativity and Gravitation, 14, No. 7, 621627 (with J. Isenberg).

1979, "Can a Macroscopic Gyroscope Feel Torsion?,"
General Relativity and Gravitation, 11, 427431 (with W. Stoeger).

1978, "NonSelfDual Gauge Fields,"
Physics Letters, 78B, No 2, 462464 (with P. Green and J. Isenberg).

1979, "Metric  Connection Theories of Gravity,"
https://www.math.tamu.edu/~yasskin/resume/Thesis/
University of Maryland, May 1979, Advisor: Robert H. Gowdy.
Synergistic Activities

Current:

TAMU Summer Educational Enrichment in Math (SEEMath)
http://seemath.math.tamu.edu/
CoFounder and CoDirector, 2002  present (2023)

TAMU Math Circle
http://mathcircle.tamu.edu/
CoFounder and CoDirector, 2011  present (2023)

SIGMAA (Special Interest Group of the Mathematical Association of America)
on Math Circles for Students and Teachers
http://sigmaa.maa.org/mcst
Founding Member, 2008, Member, 2008  present (2023)
Program Director, 2011  2019, Interum Program Director, 2020  2021

SIGMAA on Mathematics Instruction Using the WEB
http://sigmaa.maa.org/web
Founding Member, 2007, Member, 2007  present (2023)

Pi Mu Epsilon, National Mathematics Honor Society; TAMU Student Chapter
of the Mathematical Association of America; and Math Club
Faculty Advisor, 1986  1995, 1999  present (2023)

Previous:

Children's Museum of the Brazos Valley, Mathematics Exhibit on
"Platonic Solids. Can You Build These?"
http://www.cmbv.org/
Developed and Maintained the Exhibit, 2001  2012

Brazos Valley Math Teachers' Circle
http://bvmtc.math.tamu.edu/
CoFounder and CoDirector, 2008  2011
Teaching
Students

Joseph Martinsen, Undergraduate Research Scholars Thesis,
"Textbook Dependency Web",
Advisor, May 2019,
employed at Adobe

Matthew Weihing, Undergraduate Research Scholars Thesis,
"Interactive WebBased Calculus Tutorials",
Advisor, May 2019

Matthew Barry, Undergraduate Research Scholars Thesis,
"MathLex: A WebBased Mathematical Entry System",
http://mathlex.org/
Advisor, May 2013
employed at Texas A&M Center for Applied Technology,
Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station

Marta Kobiela, Master's with Thesis,
Advisor, May 2006
employed as Asociate Professor, McGill University
Memberships

Current:

Mathematics Association of America 1970  present (2021).

SIGMAA on Mathematics Instruction Using the WEB 
Founding Member Aug, 2006  present (2021).

SIGMAA on Math Circles for Students and Teachers 
Founding Member Aug, 2008  present (2021).
Program Director Jan 2011  Jan 2019,
Interim Program Director: Jan 2020  Jan 2021.

Pi Mu Epsilon, National Mathematics Honor Society 1970  present (2021).

Faculty Advisor for local chapter 1986  1995, 1999  present (2021).

Previous:

American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Mathematical Society

American Physical Society

International Association of Mathematical Physics

International Society for General Relativity and Gravitation

Sigma Xi, Hononary Scientific Society

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
© Copyright P. Yasskin 2023
Last revised Mar 20, 2023