Benedictine's College of Science Has New Dean
Bart S. Ng, Ph.D., acting dean of the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and a 35-year veteran of academia, has been named the dean of the College of Science at Benedictine University.
“We believe Dr. Ng is the perfect candidate to lead Benedictine’s science programs and position the school for the future,” said Donald B. Taylor, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Benedictine University.
Ng earned a Ph.D. and master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Chicago after completing his undergraduate studies at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, IN. He was a lecturer at Indiana University Northwest, the University of Chicago and the University of Toronto before joining the faculty at IUPUI as an assistant professor in 1975.
“As a graduate of Saint Joseph’s College, I developed early on a life-long appreciation for what a value-based liberal education in the Catholic tradition has to offer,” Ng said. “I have had a special admiration for the College of Science at Benedictine University ever since I learned about the excellent physics program at what was then St. Procopius College in the late 1960s.”
Ng was a Professor of Mathematical Sciences at IUPUI from 1982-2004 when he was named M.L. Bittinger Chair Professor. In 2008, he was named acting dean of the School of Science, one of the larger schools on the IUPUI campus which serves more than 1,900 undergraduate and 450 graduate students.
Ng has served as vice president for programs for the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and Program Director for Applied Mathematics at the National Science Foundation. He has also held visiting positions at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Ohio State University and in the School of Software at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China.
He received the School of Science Faculty Teaching Award from IUPUI in 2004 and the School of Science Faculty Service Award in 2006. His interests include linear and nonlinear hydrodynamic stability, asymptotic theory for higher-order turning-point problems, singular perturbation and their applications to fluid dynamics, bifurcation theory and scientific computing.