Pit-Mann Wong

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Mathematics

Professor Wong received his BS from National Taiwan University 1971. During his time at National Taiwan University he wrote his first Calculus text book with his friends. He received his doctoral degree in Mathematics from Notre Dame in 1976 under the direction of Professor Wilhelm Stoll. He then taught at Tulane University and Rice University before returning to Notre Dame in 1980. Early in his career he worked to develop his researching skills by visiting many research institutes, such as: Harvard University, Princeton University, University of Gottengen and the Max Planck Institute. In 1984 he was selected by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as a Sloan Fellow. He received the Frank O'Malley Undergraduate Teaching award in 2001, the Kaneb Teaching Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching in 2002, and the Thomas P. Madden Award for Outstanding Teaching of Freshmen in 2003. Professor Wong also received an award of recognition from the Asian Pacific Alumni in 2005.

Pit-Mann Wong follows a traditional teaching philosophy, with emphasis on fundamental technique, work ethic, and the development of basic skills. He also believes that there is no single, unique way of developing a young person. In this he has been inspired by a famous story about Confucius. Confucius was once asked by people, "Why are you so successful in training so many good students?" His answer was, "It depends on the student." The idea that no two students are meant to develop in the same way, and that each must be exposed to many styles and techniques and their own, is one that Professor Wong takes to heart and puts at the core of his teaching philosophy.