"From the Pan and Into the Fire," a Startup Fire-side Chat with Jim Messemer
Mar 31, 2021 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Dean W. Brent Lindquist received his PhD in theoretical physics from Cornell. His thesis involved the largest numerical computation performed in physics at that time, leading to a refined prediction of the numerical value of the magnetic moment of the electron. This value remains the most accurately verified prediction of a fundamental property in the history of physics. His involvement with computation methods lead him to the Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences at New York University, finalizing his transition to a research career in computational mathematics.
As a computational mathematician, Brent developed numerical methods to study the flow of oil, gas and water in reservoirs. He was one of the founding developers of the Frontier package used to study flow at field scales, and was the principal architect of the 3DMA-Rock code for studying flow at the pore-scale. He was a founder of the company that marketed Frontier, and has licensed his 3DMA-Rock code. Dr. Lindquist has over 100 publications, has presented his research on five continents, and participated as PI or co-PI in $20M of grant funding.
Unfortunately, Dr. Lindquist developed an interest in the challenges of academic leadership which, combined with minor ability in this regard, has lead him to an administrative career. He served as senate president, chair of Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and deputy provost at Stony Brook University prior to moving to TTU as Dean of Arts & Sciences. As deputy provost he led Stony Brook’s development of an international campus in Songdo, S. Korea. At Tech he has branded the College with the tag-line “We build innovators”. Among other accomplishments he has started, the College now inducts a yearly cohort of distinguished alumni. He is proud that the College recognizes the significant achievements of its female alumni including: Ginger Kerrick, the first female flight director for NASA; Nelda Laney, twice named as a Texas Woman of the Year; Kathleen Campbell-Walker, former president and general counsel of the American Immigration Lawyers Association; and Holly Hunt, founder and CEO of Holly Hunt Design.