Cynthia Tang

Cynthia Tang

In recognition of the life and legacy of the late Min Ming Tang, who retired from Missouri S&T in 1991 as Associate Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, a scholarship endowment has been established by his former wife and University Trustee Cindy Tang (BSEcon’85, PDEcon’07, HDEng’98).

Min Ming Tang was born in 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, where his father served as Chinese consul during World War II. Dr. Tang grew up in Hyde Park near the University of Chicago, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics in 1965. He went on to earn a doctorate in mathematics at Northwestern University in 1970, then taught for one year at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee while completing his dissertation.

Dr. Tang joined the faculty of Missouri S&T (then University of Missouri-Rolla) in 1971 and married Cynthia Mathias Tang in 1972. Their son Matt was born in 1981.

During two decades on the faculty, Dr. Tang was a mentor to countless undergraduate students, as well as the many graduate students who asked him to serve on their thesis committees. He was also a dedicated scholar whose collaborative projects with peers in a range of engineering disciplines extended the scope of his research from reaction-diffusion equations and stability analysis to software development.

In addition to his research collaborations at Missouri S&T and other universities, Dr. Tang held visiting appointments at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Science at New York University and the University of Wisconsin.

While kidney failure, several transplant operations and subsequent dialysis led to a serious medical condition early in his career, Dr. Tang continued to be a dedicated teacher and prolific research scholar. He retired from Missouri S&T for health reasons in 1991 and was named Associate Professor Emeritus of Mathematics. He died in Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 3, 2000.

Now, through the permanent source of funding provided by the Min Ming Tang Endowed Scholarship in Mathematics, students for generations to come will have the opportunity to excel in the study of mathematics as Min Ming Tang Scholars.