Ian Besse

Assistant Professor, Mathematics



UC Box: A121

Office: Price Hall 208



Curriculum Vitae




PhD Applied Mathematical and Computational Science, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 2010.

MS, Mathematics, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 2006.

BA, Mathematics, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA, 2000


Senior Projects Supervised

Jack McCorkel: Mathematical Modeling of Voter Turnout and Preference (2012 – 2013)


I. Besse, and N. Rhee. A Numerical Method for Calculating Minimum Distance to Near Earth Objects. Applied Mathematics and Computation, 2013. (under review)

I. Besse, C. Mitchell, T. Hund, and E. Shibata. A computational investigation of cardiac caveolae as a source of persistent sodium current, Frontiers in Physiology, 2011; 2:87.

I. Besse, M. Madsen, D. Bushnell, M. Juweid. Modeling Combined Radiopharmaceutical Therapy: a linear optimization framework, Technology in Cancer Research and Treatment, 2009; 8(1): 51-60.


M. Madsen, D. Bushnell, M. Juweid, Y. Menda, M.S. O'Dorisio, T. O'Dorisio, and I. Besse. Potential Increased Tumor-Dose Delivery with Combined 131I-MIBG and 90YDOTATOC Treatment in Neuroendocrine Tumors: A Theoretic Model, Journal of Nuclear Medicine, 2006; 47:660-667.

Course Information

At Pacific University, all faculty teach a variety of different courses. Typically, we do not use graduate teaching assistants, which means that your classes will be taught by professors and that you will have plenty of opportunities to get to know the faculty in your discipline.

Below I have listed some of the courses that I teach. We are always developing and trying out new classes, so the list may change now and then. You can use the links to the left to read descriptions of the courses listed below.

MATH 125 Precalculus

MATH 207 General Elementary Statistics

MATH 301 Mathematical Modeling

MATH 326 Introduction to Analysis

MATH 490 Senior Capstone I

MATH 492 Senior Capstone II