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Michael Wellman named chair of CSE

Professor Michael Wellman to be named chair of the Computer Science and Engineering division subject to Regental approval.| Medium Read

Michael P. Wellman, the Lynn A. Conway Collegiate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, will be recommended to the Board of Regents to become the first Richard H. Orenstein Division Chair of Computer Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering. Wellman takes over from Arthur F. Thurnau Professor Peter Chen, who has served as interim chair of CSE since February of this year.

Wellman has been a member of the CSE faculty since 1992. Since 2016, he has served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the College, has been a leader in the College’s DEI efforts and is also co-chair of the ME2020 Values & Culture Initiative. Wellman’s research is in artificial intelligence, specializing in economic decision making. He is a fellow of both the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). 

Chen has been a member of the CSE faculty since he joined the university in 1993. He served as interim chair once previously, from late 2016 until mid 2017. 

“CSE’s success is vital to the overall success of the College,” said Alec D. Gallimore, the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering. “Michael Wellman is well-equipped to take on the role of chair and to lead the division forward. We thank Peter Chen for once again serving as interim chair.”

Wellman will serve as CSE chair with an anticipated three-year appointment, pending Regental approval later this term.

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