Faculty and Staff

David Nacin

Professor • Department of Mathematical Sciences

David Nacin is a professor of mathematics at William Paterson University, where he also serves as director of the M.S. in Applied Mathematics graduate program. He received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 2005. His research interests include non-commutative algebra, discrete mathematics, and recreational mathematics. A Python enthusiast, he codes for research, teaching, and fun, and recently restructured the curriculum in his department to include the programming language in several classes. Author of the book Math-Infused Sudoku, his mathematical puzzles have appeared in many magazines and academic journals, and he maintains a puzzle blog at quadratablog.blogspot.com.

Other Interests

Python Programming, Machine Learning


PhD Mathematics, Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ


Non-commutative Algebra, Discrete Mathematics, Experimental Mathematics

Licenses and Certifications

Microcredential in Creating an Inclusive and Supportive Online Learning Environment, THE ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY EDUCATORS

Representative Publications

A Minimal Non-Koszul A(G); , Communications in Algebra; Volume 46, 2018

PUZZLES, PARITY MAPS, AND PLENTY OF SOLUTIONS; The Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjects: Research in Recreational Math Volume 3 by Jennifer Beineke (Editor), Jason Rosenhouse (Editor); Princeton University Press;

On a Complex KenKen Problem; College Mathematics Journal; Volume 48, 2017

Math Infused Sudoku; 201 Charles St, Providence, RI 02904; The American Mathematical Society; 2019

Van der Laan Sequences and a Conjecture on Padovan Numbers; Volume 26, 2022

Awards and Honors

Taylor & Francis Most Read Authors Award
Taylor & Francis

Christie Lecturer
Mathematical Association of America

Blunden Lecturer
Science Atlantic Math, Statistics and Computer Science Conference



Notable Courses Taught

(Graduate) Topics in Linear Algebra, (Graduate) Discrete Mathematics, (Graduate) Number Theory and Cryptography, (Graduate) Graph Theory, (Graduate) Experimental Mathematics

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