Kiah Wah Ong

  • Associate Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies of the Department of Applied Mathematics
  • Associate Teaching Professor of Applied Mathematics


Ph.D. in Mathematics - Indiana University (2017)
M.S. in Mathematical Sciences - Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia (2010)
B.S. in Mathematics - University of Malaya, Malaysia

Research Interests

Dynamical properties of systems driven by dissipative or stochastic partial differential equations


  • Michael J. Graff Teaching and Advising Innovation Award (2020)
  • Illinois Tech, College of Science Dean's Excellence Award in Teaching (Fall 2019)
  • Fee Scholarship, Indiana University (2011-2017)
  • Glenn Schober Memorial Travel Awards, Indiana University (2016)
  • Rothrock Teaching Award, Indiana University (2014)


  • M. Cai, M. Hernandez, K. W. Ong, and S. Wang. Baroclinic Instability and Transitions in a Two-Layer Quasigeostrophic Channel Model. Submitted, 2017. arXiv:1705.07989
  • M. Hernandez and K. W. Ong. Stochastic Swift-Hohenberg Equation with Degenerate Linear Multiplicative Noise. Submitted. 2016.
  • L. Li, M. Hernandez, and K. W. Ong. Stochastic Attractor Bifurcation for the Two-Dimensional Swift-Hohenberg Equation. Submitted, 2016.
  • L. Li and K. W. Ong. Dynamic Transitions of Generalized Burgers Equation. Journal of Mathematical Fluid Mechanics (2016), Vol. 18, Issue 1, pp. 89-102.
  • K. W. Ong. Dynamic Transitions of Generalized Kuramoto-Sivashinsky Equation. Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems - Series B (2016), Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 1225-1236.
  • K. W. Ong, S. L. Tan, and Y. E. Tu. Integral Operators and Univalent Functions. Tamkang Journal of Mathematics (2012), Vol. 43, No. 2, pp. 215-221.

Community Service

  • IIT Applied Mathematics Undergraduate Studies Committee, Aug 2017-Present
  • IIT Association for Women in Mathematics, faculty advisor, Aug 2018 -Present
  • IIT Math Buddy and New Students Welcome Session organizer, Aug 2018 -Present
  •  Adler Planetarium, Volunteer Telescope Facilitator, Jan 2019 -Present
  • Preparing future faculty conference, planning committee member, Indiana University, October 2015 - February 2016.
  • Faculty advisor for Actuary Today, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, May 2010 - May 2011.
  • Program promotion coordinator, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, May 2010 - May 2011.
Kiah Ong

Contact Information

312.567.3630 Rettaliata Engineering Center, Room 206 Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 2:00 - 3:00 PM;or by Appointment