Interim Vice-President for Education
David P. Feldman currently serves as SFI's interim Vice-President for Education. In this role Dave oversees all of SFI's educational activities, including the Complex Systems Summer School (CSSS) and the ComplexityExplorer online education platform. Dave has been involved with SFI since the mid 1990s, when he did his PhD research with SFI faculty member Jim Crutchfield. A theoretical physicist by training, Dave's research looks at measures of structural complexity in dynamical systems.
From 2004-09 Dave gave a series of lectures at the CSSS in China, co-sponsored by SFI and the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. From 2006-09 he served as the China CSSS's co-director. Since 2017
Dave has directed the CSSS in Santa Fe. Dave has developed two open, online courses (MOOCs) for SFI's ComplexityExplorer platform: one on dynamical systems and chaos, and the other on fractals and scaling. They are currently ranked first and second among over 300 math MOOCs on the class-central.com MOOC rating site.
Dave is the author of two books: Chaos and Fractals: An Elementary Introduction, a textbook for non-math majors, (Oxford University Press, 2012); and Chaos and Dynamical Systems, a contribution to the Santa Fe Institute's Primers in Complex Systems series, published by Princeton University Press (forthcoming 2019). He is currently working on a textbook on sustainable energy.
Dave's primary appointment is as Professor of Physics and Mathematics at College of the Atlantic (COA), in Bar Harbor, Maine. COA is a highly-interdisciplinary, small liberal arts college. All students design their own major and the curriculum is not organized departmentally. At COA Dave has taught over twenty different courses in math and physics. He served as COA's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2003-07. In 2011-12, Dave was a US Fulbright Lecturer in Kigali, Rwanda. He has a BA in Physics from Carleton College and PhD in Physics from the University of California Davis.