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Interim dean for College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

Brigham Young University Academic Vice President James R. Rasband has announced that Gus L. W. Hart has been named interim dean of the BYU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, following the appointment of current dean C. Shane Reese as the academic vice president.


Hart will serve as interim dean beginning Monday, June 3, until a permanent replacement is appointed. Jennifer Nielson and Kurt Huntington will continue to serve as associate dean and assistant dean, respectively.

“I am grateful to Dr. Hart for his willingness to serve,” said Vice President Rasband, “he is a thoughtful and collaborative colleague, a dedicated student mentor and distinguished researcher who is deeply committed to our university mission. I am confident that his service in this interim role will be a blessing to the students, his faculty colleagues and the University.”

Hart holds bachelor’s degrees in physics and Japanese from BYU in addition to a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Davis. He joined the BYU faculty in 2006, and his research focuses on discovering new materials through computational modeling and machine learning. Hart is currently an associate dean of the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences.

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