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W. Brent Lindquist, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, TTU, photo by Toni Salama

Dean Lindquist Arrives to Take the Helm
of TTU's Largest College: Arts & Sciences

DR. W. BRENT LINDQUIST, NEW DEAN of the College of Arts & Sciences, comes to Texas Tech from New York, where he served as Deputy Provost at Stony Brook University, an Association of American Universities institution and Carnegie-classified very high research university.

LINDQUIST EARNED HIS PhD FROM CORNELL in high energy physics, but has spent most of his research career as an applied mathematician with a particular interest in the movement of oil, gas and water underground. He has been instrumental in the development of computational methods to predict the movement of these fluids over distances typical to an oil field.

HE ALSO HAS PLAYED A LEADING ROLE in imaging and studying the processes by which these fluids interact with one another over very short distances—small scale interactions that lie at the heart of the longer distance movement that is critical to enabling their extraction from the ground.

“WE ARE FORTUNATE TO HAVE an individual of Dr. Lindquist’s caliber leading our College of Arts & Sciences, and couldn’t be more excited about the future of our largest college,” said M. Duane Nellis, president of Texas Tech.

PRIOR TO HIS STONY BROOK appointment as deputy provost, Lindquist served as chair of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at Stony Brook University. Before his appointment as Chair, he served a four-year term as deputy provost and led the development and opening of Stony Brook’s first international campus in Songdo, Incheon City, Korea.

BEFORE ARRIVING AT STONY BROOK in 1989, Lindquist spent eight years at NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, where he became one of the primary developers of “front-tracking” methods used for the numerical solution of fluid flows. As a faculty member and chair, Lindquist’s research has been funded through numerous agencies, including the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, IBM and Sandia National Laboratory. Lindquist is the recipient of the 2010 Lee Segel Prize from the Society for Mathematical Biology and is a 2002 honoree of the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

“I AM HONORED TO BE JOINING Texas Tech and the College of Arts & Sciences at an exciting time in the university’s history,” said Lindquist. “It is clear that there are the determination, the leadership and the means for the university to be the next Texas institution to become a tier-one research university. We have goals in CA&S:  to grow our faculty and programs; build our research portfolio; to grow philanthropic support; to increase graduate student enrollments and stipends; to grow undergraduate enrollments; and to ensure that we deliver the highest quality educational experience that prepares our students for future careers. I look forward to addressing these challenges, working with the faculty and staff of the College, my fellow deans, Provost Schovanec, and President Nellis to move Texas Tech forward in its ambitions.

“ON A PERSONAL NOTE, Carol and I spent a year in Texas in the mid 1990’s. We immediately felt at home and fell in love with the place and people. My wife cried when we left; returning to Texas has been something we have talked about ever since. Our son, Lars, who has completed his B.F.A., has put Texas Tech at the top of his list for graduate school.”

THE LEADERSHIP AND ADMINISTRATIVE success Lindquist demonstrated as deputy provost and department chair was an important factor in in his selection as Dean, according to Texas Tech Provost Lawrence Schovanec.

“DR. LINDQUIST HAS HAD an impressive career as an educator, researcher and administrator,” said Schovanec, former dean of CA&S. “The College of Arts & Sciences plays a vital role in growing the stature of Texas Tech as a great public research university, and Dr. Lindquist’s appointment will not only strengthen the foundation we have in Arts & Sciences, but he will bring an energy and perspective that will increase the success of the college and university. We are pleased to have him join an outstanding group of deans and administrators at Texas Tech University."

A WIDELY PUBLISHED RESEARCHER, Lindquist received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the University of Manitoba in 1975 and a doctorate degree in theoretical particle physics from Cornell University in 1981. Additionally, he has provided consultation to Exxon Research and Engineering, the Petroleum Recovery Research Center at the New Mexico Institute of Technology, the Elf Geosciences Research Center in London, and the Institute for Energy Technology in Norway.

Lindquist At a Glance

Recent Honors:

  • 2013 Honorary Member, Golden Key International Honor Society
  • 2011 Most Cited Article 2005 to 2010, Computers and Geosciences,
    for Analysis of vesicular structure of basalts, 31(4) (2005), 473–487
  • 2010 Lee Segel Prize (joint with I.D. Chase), Society of Mathematical Biology

W. Brent Lindquist, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, TTU, photo by Toni Salama

Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Professional Memberships:

  • American Geophysical Society
  • American Physical Society
  • InterPore
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers


  • PhD, Physics, Cornell University 1981
  • BSc (Honors) Physics,
    University of Manitoba 1975