Faculty & Tutors





Dr. Michael Furuto


Dr. Esther Widiasih


Ms. Hye Jung Kim



Past Faculty

Dr. Linda Furuto (Now at UH Manoa)

Dr. Linda Furuto is an Associate Professor of Mathematics and founder of the UHWO Mathematics Center (now the No‘eau Center for Writing, Mathematics, and Academic Success). Prior to joining the UHWO ‘ohana, Dr. Furuto was a fellow at the East-West Center while completing her Ph.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Furuto obtained her master’s degree from Harvard University and bachelor’s degree from BYU.


Over the past ten years, Dr. Furuto has been a Visiting Scholar of Mathematics at the University of Tokyo, worked with students in the Boston public school system as a research-practitioner in Harvard University’s “Inventing the Future” project, taught mathematics and music at the Technical College in Suva, Fiji, collaborated with the East-West Center and Ministry of Education of Vietnam on the International Forum for Education 2020 initiative, and helped to design mathematics programs with the Polynesian Voyaging Society. Dr. Furuto is currently training to sail around the world on the Hōkūle‘a, an internationally renowned double-hulled canoe guided by traditional techniques and celestial navigation, beginning in 2013. In addition, Dr. Furuto has researched and consulted at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., UCLA Center for International and Development Education in Los Angeles, and Pacific Resources for Education and Learning in Honolulu. She was recently featured as a member of the Pacific Business News’ Top Forty Under 40 cohort in 2010, selected as a Mathematical Association of America Young Scholar in 2011, received the University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2011, and was bestowed the University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents Medal for Excellence in Teaching in 2012. Dr. Furuto grew up on the North Shore of O‘ahu, and enjoys surfing, spear-fishing, and playing the organ. This is an exciting point in time and Dr. Furuto is excited to cultivate a commitment to mathematics education at UHWO. For more information, please refer to the following website: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~lfuruto.


Dr. Alex Gottlieb

Dr. Alex Gottlieb is an accomplished scholar and enthusiastic teacher who feels thrilled and honored to be joining the UHWO ‘ohana at this momentous time. Dr. Gottlieb was born many years ago in Lafayette, Indiana. After earning a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California, Dr. Gottlieb worked as a post-doctoral researcher with his colleagues in Vienna and Paris.


Between long trips to Vienna, Dr. Gottlieb resided in Los Angeles and was a visiting scholar at the UCLA mathematics department. Dr. Gottlieb moved from California to Hawai‘i in 2006 and became a visiting scholar at UH, while still voyaging to Vienna several times a year. In 2008, Dr. Gottlieb was awarded a sizeable grant from the Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF) to be the Principal Investigator of a four-year research project on "Correlation in Quantum Systems." This research has discovered that the core electrons in a molecule often behave like strongly separated electron pairs. Dr. Gottlieb is proudly affiliated to the Wolfgang Pauli Institute, a consortium of Austrian scientists that supports original research by fostering interaction between diverse disciplines in applied mathematics, scientific computing, and even experimental quantum physics. Dr. Gottlieb's fields of interest and research activity include probability theory, operator theory, statistical mechanics, and quantum physics. He has written about 15 scientific journal articles, which have been cited in over 80 other articles and Ph.D. dissertations. Dr. Gottlieb's h-index is 6, his Erdös number is 2, and he can speak six languages.


Mitchell Walker
Mathematics Tutor

Mitchell Walker is currently a senior at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa majoring in mathematics. He took Math 135 Precalculus I and Math 140 Precalculus II with Dr. Furuto, and is currently taking senior level math courses at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Mitchell’s favorite subjects are physics, chemistry, and of course math. He says, “I am excited to help out my fellow students in a subject that I love!” Mitchell’s hobbies include: studying Japanese, shooting, and annoying friends with awesome math stuff.


Alyssa Yafuso
Mathematics Tutor

Alyssa Yafuso is a Senior at UHWO majoring in Business Administration. Alyssa has taken up to calculus in high school and took Math 103 – College Algebra at West O’ahu before she started tutoring. She has been tutoring students at West O’ahu since Spring 2008. So far, she has learned a lot from the students she has tutored and hopes she makes math fun and easier for them. When she’s not tutoring, Alyssa’s hobbies include baking (cupcakes mostly), and buying almost anything with Hello Kitty on it.




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