Dylan Poulsen: Math and Computer Aficionado

By Elijah McGuire-Berk

Dr. Poulsen did not always possess a passion for math while in college. He said, “Every time I’d take one math class I decided I wanted to take one more math class and when you start down that path, you end up getting your Ph.D. in math and teaching.” He said about math, “There’s a certain beauty to it. It’s sort of a combination of science and art. There’s nothing quite like it.”.

This year, Washington College has added a new professor to its department of mathematics and computer science. Dr. Dylan Poulsen began his career with WC this fall teaching both integral and differential calculus.

Dr. Poulsen was born and raised in Salt Lake City. He got an undergraduate degree at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. He did graduate work at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He said, “I’ve bounced around,” he said describing his early academic career.

He said Utah was, “…very nice,” and praised its skiing and hiking trails. He pointed out that Salt Lake City is in the middle of a mountain valley, which makes it the ideal location for hiking and skiing.

When looking for colleges to teach at he said, “I was looking to work in a liberal arts college when I was applying for jobs because I went to a liberal arts college as an undergraduate, and enjoyed the experience. I am a firm believer in a liberal arts education and I wanted to promote that to my students.”

He currently lives in Chestertown “within a 20 minute walk of campus,” and enjoys walking to work as long as the weather is nice. He likes the town and said, “There always seems to be something to do on the weekends, whether it’s the Harry Potter Festival or just going down to Evergrain and getting a Nutella croissant.”

He has traveled to various locations around the East Coast such as Rehoboth Beach in Delaware and Easton. He described Chestertown as, “an ideal location to just go in any direction if that’s something to do.” He and his wife went to New Hampshire over fall break.



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