Michael Wellman, Lynn A. Conway Collegiate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan, has been appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the College of Engineering, effective July 1, 2016. He will oversee hiring, promotion, and tenure processes, conduct merit reviews and budget review and planning, and be responsible for space allocation and management. He will work closely with Alec Gallimore — previous associate dean for academic affairs and incoming dean — as well as the associate deans for undergraduate education, research, and graduate education.
Wellman has made numerous contributions to the College of Engineering since he joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor in 1992. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate students and advising 21 graduated PhDs, he conducts research in artificial intelligence, specializing in economic decision making. Wellman’s research combines empirical methods and game theory concepts for strategic reasoning about complex multi-agent domains. His work finds application in electronic commerce and cybersecurity, and has lately focused on modeling the implications of artificial intelligence for financial markets and the financial system.
Wellman has been a leader in the research community as well as the university. He is a fellow of both the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and the Association for Computing Machinery. He received the Autonomous Agents Research Award from ACM/SIGAI in 2014, and the Faculty Recognition Award and awards for teaching excellence and outstanding achievement at U-M.