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Specialty area(s)

Geometric and Topological Combinatorics, Optimization

Brief biography

I'm a Korean-American, born in California to immigrant parents. My PGPs are he/him/his. I am a UWL Friendly Face. I am especially fond of moments when students who are struggling in math challenge themselves, overcome obstacles, and begin to believe in themselves! If you're willing to put in 100% effort, then I will work alongside you to reach success in math (and academics in general). I strive to create a classroom and office space that is welcoming for all: you belong in my class! I care about your life outside of academics, so if you need to discuss something outside of school, please don't hesitate to reach out!

I am a musician (main instrument: piano) and an avid swing dancer (primarily lindyhop, and related genres such as balboa and blues dance). I enjoy cycling, rock climbing, and ultimate frisbee. During the Summers, I work on research, travel (mainly to dance or present at math conferences), and work on my Duolingo courses. I have completed Spanish in Duolingo and am actively working on completing French, German, Korean, and Dutch. I'm also enrolled in a Catalan course as a "native" Spanish speaker. I wish that there were courses in Hmong and Ho-Chunk. I'd like to get back into cycling and indoor rock climbing.

Current courses at UWL

MTH 175 - Applied Calculus
MTH 225 - Foundations of Advanced Mathematics


2010. Ph.D., Mathematics (University of California, Davis)
2007. M.A., Mathematics (University of California, Davis)
2004. B.A.., Mathematics (University of California, Berkeley)

Teaching history

MTH 150 - College Algebra (Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Fall 2019)
MTH 151 - Precalculus (Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2015)
MTH 175 - Applied Calculus (Summer 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2019, Spring 2020)
MTH 207 - Calculus I (Fall 2013, Spring 2014)
MTH 208 - Calculus II (Fall 2014, Spring 2018)
MTH 225 - Foundations of Advanced Mathematics (Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Fall 2019, Spring 2020)
MTH 309 - Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (Spring 2018, Spring 2019)
MTH 310 - Calculus III (Fall 2015)
MTH 411 - Abstract Algebra (Spring 2016, Fall 2016)
MTH 413 - Topics in Linear Algebra - Linear, Integer, and Semidefinite Optimization (Spring 2015)

MTH 395 - Independent Study - Teaching Experiences (Fall 2017)
MTH 495 - Special Topics - Polytopes and Convex Optimization (Spring 2014)
MTH 495 - Special Topics - Matroid Theory (Spring 2015)
MTH 495 - Special Topics - Computational Commutative Algebra (Spring 2017)
MTH 495 - Special Topics - Fields and Galois Theory (Fall 2017)
MTH 495 - Special Topics - Geometric Combinatorics and Optimization
MTH 495 - Special Topics - Combinatorics of generating functions and hyperplane arrangements (Spring 2018)
MTH 498 - Independent Study - Polyhedral Graph Abstractions (Spring 2015)
MTH 498 - Independent Study - Applications of Group Theory to Symmetry in Chemistry (Spring 2015, Spring 2018)
MTH 498 - Independent Study - Convergence Theorems (Fall 2014)
MTH 498 - Independent Study - Geometric Combinatorics and Optimization (Fall 2018)_
MTH 499 - Research Topics - Polyhedral Research Methods (Fall 2018, Spring 2019)

UWL 100 - First-year student experience (Fall 2017, Fall 2018)

Professional history

I earned my B.A. in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley then went to the University of California, Davis for my M.A. and Ph.D. During my Ph.D. studies, I had an extended visit to the Centre de Recerca Matemàtica at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. After graduation, I was a postdoctoral researcher at Technische Universiteit Delft (TU Delft) and Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH). Following POSTECH, I was a lecturer at the University of Califorina, Davis (UC Davis).

Research and publishing

Tristram C. Bogart and Edward D. Kim. Superlinear subset partition graphs with strong adjacency, endpoint-count, and dimension reduction. Combinatorica, 38(1):75-114, 2018.

Edward D. Kim. Relating graphs of trigonometric functions to points on the unit circle via using special-purpose rulers. Wisconsin Teacher of Mathematics, 67(2):23-26, 2015.

Jesús A. De Loera and Edward D. Kim. Combinatorics and geometry of transportation polytopes: An update. In Discrete Geometry and Algebraic Combinatorics, volume 625 of Contemporary Mathematics, pages 37-76. American Mathematical Society, Providence, RI, 2014.

Edward D. Kim. Polyhedral graph abstractions and an approach to the Linear Hirsch Conjecture. Mathematical Programming, Series A, 143(1-2):357-370, 2014.

António Guedes de Oliveira, Edward D. Kim, Marc Noy, Arnau Padrol, Julian Pfeifle, Vincent Pilaud. Polytopal complexes realizing products of graphs. XIV Spanish Meeting on Computational Geometry, June 2011.

Edward D. Kim, Francisco Santos. An update on the Hirsch conjecture. Jahresbericht der Deutschen Mathematiker-Vereinigung, 112(2):73-98, 2010.

Anna Gundert, Edward D. Kim, Daria Schymura. Lattice paths and Lagrangian matroids. Technical Report, Centre de Recerca Matemàtica, 2009.

Jesús A. De Loera, Edward D. Kim, Shmuel Onn, and Francisco Santos. Graphs of transportation polytopes. Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series A, 116(8):1306-1325, 2009.



Edward Kim, Mathematics & Statistics, presented "Transportation Polytopes and the Hirsch Conjecture" at the UW-Madison Industrial & Systems Engineering Colloquium on Jan. 31 in Madison, WI.

Submitted on: Feb. 6


Edward Kim, Mathematics & Statistics, presented "Proving a variant of a polynomial positivity conjecture" at Joint Mathematics Meetings 2020 on Jan. 16 in Denver, CO.

Submitted on: Jan. 21


Edward Kim, Mathematics & Statistics, and Tristram Bogart, Universidad de los Andes, co-authored the article "Superlinear Subset Partition Graphs With Dimension Reduction, Strong Adjacency, and Endpoint Count" in "Combinatorica" published on Feb. 1, 2018 by Springer.

Submitted on: Mar. 19, 2018


Edward Kim, Mathematics & Statistics, presented "Test" at the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Conference on Optimization on June 1, 2017 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The invited presentation was part of the conference's minisymposium Geometric Structures in Optimization.

Submitted on: June 1, 2017


Edward Kim, Mathematics, authored the article "Relating graphs of trigonometric functions to points on the unit circle via using special-purpose rulers" in Wisconsin Teacher of Mathematics published on April 2, 2015.

Submitted on: Dec. 1, 2015