June 28, 2017
Writer: Alex Brown
Google Manager and BYU-Idaho Alumnus Tim Ng talked on how having knowledge in different academic areas helped him gain success in life and his career IDS Forum on Thursday, June 8.
The virtual forum allowed both on-campus students and online students to attend, and Ng invited the audience to contribute and even challenge his points.
Ng mentions how Da Vinci was the quintessential "Renaissance Man", who learned across all different levels. Ng says that Universities today are not meant to produce "polymath greatness" - people who master more than one field - but are instead to produce skills needed for lifelong learning.
"With fewer careers, it's a great time to become a multipotentialite," Ng said. "You have to work much harder and longer to earn a career."
Ng has worked on projects at Google that utilized his interdisciplinary knowledge, including re-writing guidelines on how search results are ranked for high-issue queries like suicide and human trafficking.
"Even though I'm not the computer scientist that is pushing that, the work I am doing...is very important." Ng said. "It's important that no matter what we are doing in our work that we tie ourselves to our purpose and we should get passion about that."
Ng taught the importance of being humble and said "it's a very liberating place to be." Ng says that if you tie yourself to the larger purpose, you can make the most mundane task the most beautiful thing.
Watch the entire forum on our Interdisciplinary Studies Video Channel here: https://video.byui.edu/media/IDS+ForumA+Tim+Ng/0_o84t5xos DS video channel