Dr. John Bechtold has served as Interim Dean of the Albert Dorman Honors College since July 2016 and previously held the position of Associate Dean. Dr. Bechtold joined the Department of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) in 1994 as an Assistant Professor, was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 1999, and to professor in 2008. He has served NJIT in various capacities, including Acting Chair of DMS, Associate Chair of DMS, the College of Science and Liberal Arts (CSLA) strategic planning committee, chair of the Middle States working group on educational outcomes, and he was a member of the New Jersey Department of Education task force on mathematics standards.
Dr. Bechtold is a past recipient of the CSLA Excellence in Service award, as well as the CSLA Service to Undergraduate Education award.
Dr. Bechtold is a passionate teacher who has taught a wide range of courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level in DMS. He is a recipient of the NJIT Excellence in Teaching Award for Undergraduate Instruction, the Albert Dorman Honors College Outstanding Teacher Award, the Math Department Graduate Teaching Award, and has been designated a Master Teacher.
Dr. Bechtold's research is in the area of combustion; he is best known for his contributions in the development of mathematical theories to describe the structure and dynamics of flame fronts. While at NJIT, his work has been supported by several grants funded by the National Science Foundation. He has supervised several PhD students and has published extensively in math and engineering journals.
Prior to coming to NJIT, Dr. Bechtold held positions at Princeton University and Sandia National Laboratories. He received his PhD in engineering sciences and applied mathematics from Northwestern University.