Profiles

Xueyi "Frank" Wang

from The Messenger, 2009: "Assistant professor knows who is in control."

 

Xueyi “Frank” Wang’s journey from Hangzhou, China, to Nampa, Idaho, is marked by many milestones—personal, educational and, most importantly, spiritual.

“Life experiences really help you realize who is in control,” he said. Frank, 33, was raised in Hangzhou, a highly populated city on the East Coast of China, south of Shanghai.   

As a boy, he learned of Jesus Christ from his grandmother and believed. “I know one thing—God is love, God is peace, God is my Savior,” he said.

But Frank said spiritual growth was a challenge because lessons and sermons in the underground Church were often given by those with little or no formal training in the Scripture, only a wide range of understanding.

In 1996, Frank received a bachelor’s degree in cryogenics, the science of studying how materials act at low temperatures, and, in 2003, a master’s in computer science from Zhejiang University, China. He worked as a software engineer through those years, and married Junling Nie in 2002.

In 2003, Frank pursued the opportunity to study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but struggled with American consulate officials in China who demanded more information during his several attempts to get visas for himself and his wife. Just before one last meeting with the officials, Frank released the situation into the Lord’s hands, telling God that, whatever the outcome, he would accept it as His will for his life. 

God delivered the visas. And for Frank, it was a deeper revelation of God’s care and supremacy in his life. “We think God really blessed us,” Frank said. “God wanted us to be here.”

Frank received a master’s and doctorate in computer science from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2007 and 2008 respectively. He became an instructor at UNC-Chapel Hill and realized how much he loved teaching. This spurred him to turn down a software engineering job with Microsoft and instead seek a faculty position at a Christian university.

Frank joined Northwest Nazarene University one year ago as an assistant professor in the mathematics and computer sciences department, which is now located in the Thomas Family Health & Science Center on Dewey Avenue. His main research interest is bioinformatics, using the computer to solve various problems in biology, such as the alignment of protein structures.

Frank enjoys getting to know his students and looking for opportunities to help grow their spiritual understanding. “I’m still struggling to be a good teacher and a good researcher,” he said.

Moving to Nampa where there is so little diversity in the local population has been an adjustment for Frank. But he and his wife, who is an accountant, love the small city and are expecting their first child in late October.