Veteran academician, leader and visionary selected to head College of Science
April 27, 2011
Lisle, Illinois ~ 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.
The College of Science at Benedictine University has a tradition of excellence that traces its roots to renowned naturalists Frs. Edmund and Hilary Jurica and was enhanced by professors like Rose Carney, Frank Shonka and William Jesse, who worked on the Manhattan Project under the bleachers at the University of Chicago.
Benedictine has also been recognized by the National Science Foundation for the number of graduates who go on to earn doctorates in science and engineering
"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
"His vision, leadership skills, spirit of collaboration, experience as a dean of a school of science at a comprehensive metropolitan university, and service as a former program officer at the National Science Foundation will serve him well as he embraces this new opportunity," Taylor said.
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, Ind. 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 (SIAM) 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.
"The dean of the College must serve as a strong advocate on behalf of the University," Ng said. "The dean should capitalize on Benedictine's location and the strong reputation of its academic programs, and build partnerships with local businesses and industry to further its educational mission.
"However, I believe that the chief responsibility of an academic administrator is that of builder and facilitator, creating and promoting an environment that will make it possible for faculty to perform at the highest level in teaching, research and service," he said.
Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 53 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate and four doctorate programs. Benedictine University is ranked as a Top School in the Midwest (11th in Illinois) for Master's Universities, 12th in the Midwest (and sixth in Illinois) for Racial Diversity, and eighth in Illinois for Freshmen Retention for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report.