Bruce Yoshiwara

Professor Emeritus of Mathematics (retired 6/10/14)
Los Angeles Pierce College

(This github page is under construction. My main current project is to convert Kathy's Modeling, Functions, and Graphs into Mathbook xml.)

"I recently realized with dismay that I am even too old now for early onset dementia. Any dementia I get will be right on time."
-- Bill Bryson, The Road to Little Dribbling


Faculty information

Handouts/information (conference presentations) for faculty
"Terminate the Terminator" (at the MAA Mathematical Sciences Digital Library classroom resources)

Contact Information

email: byoshiwara(at)
twitter: @byoshiwara


Bruce Yoshiwara is a native of the Los Angeles area, with diplomas from Brockton Avenue Elementary, Daniel Webster Junior High, University High, and UCLA. He was the first of his family to earn a college degree, and now holds four degrees, all from UCLA: B.A., M.A., C.Phil., and Ph.D. in mathematics.

He taught full-time at L.A. Pierce College 1989-2014, except for a Fulbright Teacher Exchange at Barnsley College, England, in 1998-1999, and a sabbatical leave in 2005-2006 (both with his lovely wife Professor Katherine Yoshiwara). He received the 2008 Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics from the Southern California-Nevada Section of the MAA, a 2009 Teaching Excellence Award from AMATYC, and a 2011 Hayward Award for Excellence in Education from the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. He is co-author (Katherine is the principal author) of several math textbooks. Professor Yoshiwara acted as the department liaison for both the MAA and CMC3. He has served on the governing board of the Southern California-Nevada Section of the MAA, executive board of AMATYC, the governing board of CMC3-South, the California Mathematics Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee, and the advisory board of the MAA Mathematical Sciences Digital Library,chaired the "Before Calculus" proposal review committee for the International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathemtics (ICTCM), been an associate editor for the online math journal Loci, a consultant for Project NExT, a Consulting Colleague for Project ACCCESS, a Content Review Panelist evaluating instructional materials for California's 2007 Mathematics Primary Adoption, a member of the writing team for UCLA's Mathematics Content Program for Teachers, and the Implementation Coordinator for AMATYC's Beyond Crossroads.

At the time of writing, he is an avid (but slow) jogger, having compiled over 100,000 miles of running. He currently  serves on the MAA's Haimo Distinguished Teaching Award committee and two AMATYC task forces, and as secretary for the MAA Southern California-Nevada Section.

A photo (789 KB, January 2014)

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