Bruce Yoshiwara is a native of the Los Angeles area, with diplomas from Brockton Avenue Elementary, Daniel Webster Junior High, University High, and UCLA. He was the first of his family to earn a college degree, and now holds four degrees, all from UCLA: B.A., M.A., C.Phil., and Ph.D. in mathematics.
Professor Yoshiwara has been teaching full-time at L.A. Pierce College since 1989, except for a Fulbright Teacher Exchange at Barnsley College, England, in 1998-1999, and a sabbatical leave in 2005-2006 (both with his lovely wife Professor Katherine Yoshiwara). He received the 2008 Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics from the Southern California-Nevada Section of the MAA, a 2009 Teaching Excellence Award from AMATYC, and a 2011 Hayward Award for Excellence in Education from the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. He is co-author (Katherine is the principal author) of several textbooks. Professor Yoshiwara acted as the department liaison for both the MAA and CMC3. He has served on the executive board of AMATYC, the governing board of CMC3-South, the California Mathematics Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee, and the advisory board of the MAA Mathematical Sciences Digital Library,chaired the "Before Calculus" proposal review committee for the International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathemtics (ICTCM), been an associate editor for the online math journal Loci, a consultant for Project NExT, a Consulting Colleague for Project ACCCESS, a Content Review Panelist evaluating instructional materials for California's 2007 Mathematics Primary Adoption, a member of the writing team for UCLA's Mathematics Content Program for Teachers, and the Implementation Coordinator for AMATYC's Beyond Crossroads.
At the time of writing, he is an avid (but slow) jogger, having compiled 100,000 miles of running.