Institute Names Next College of Computing Dean

Following a national search, Georgia Tech Provost Gary B. Schuster has announced that Dr. Zvi Galil will become the next dean of the College of Computing effective July 1, 2010.

”Professor Zvi Galil comes to Georgia Tech with extensive experience as a scholar and an academic administrator,” Schuster said. “He has expressed a firm and forward-looking vision for computing and for advancing the College of Computing at Georgia Tech. Computing has evolved to become a central component of so much of what Georgia Tech does across all disciplines, and Professor Galil recognizes the key role that computing must play in advancing our leadership worldwide.”

Galil will occupy the John P. Imlay Jr. Dean’s Chair within the College. As the chief academic and administrative officer, Galil will report to the provost and provide overall strategic direction for the College, with particular focus on the faculty’s aspiration to define a new generation of computing through its three academic units: the School of Computer Science, the School of Interactive Computing and the School of Computational Science and Engineering.

“Georgia Tech’s College of Computing has an enviable framework: it is a leader in computer education, with extensive interdisciplinary research and excellent relationships with industry,” Galil said. “I am honored to have the opportunity to build upon that foundation.”

A member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Galil’s main research interests are in the design and analysis of algorithms, computational complexity and cryptography. From 1995-2007, Galil served as professor and dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Columbia University. In 2007 he was named president of his alma mater, Tel-Aviv University in Israel.

“We are tremendously fortunate to have Zvi Galil as the next dean of Computing at Georgia Tech,” said President Bud Peterson. “Dr. Galil is a globally renowned scholar and educator, and his vision for the College of Computing is both pragmatic and inspired. I commend Provost Gary Schuster and the search committee for their highly successful efforts, and I am excited about the new era of leadership that Dr. Galil will provide our Computing faculty and students.”

During a public presentation on campus last month, Galil articulated his vision on the role of computing in research, stressing the need for computer scientists to become more engaged in scientific collaborations.

“Computers have become central to our existence and our well-being. Computing supports science in an essential way, providing an exploratory instrument that accelerates discovery in all branches of science and engineering. The more the College of Computing collaborates, the more central it becomes to institutional success.”

As head of the search committee, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Chair Gary May said, "Zvi Galil rose to the top of a highly qualified and competitive pool of candidates. The search committee was very impressed by his scholarship, vision and leadership. Personally, I am thrilled to have him as a colleague and certain that he will be an outstanding dean of Computing."

Galil earned a doctoral degree in computer science from Cornell University in 1975, and both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in applied mathematics from Tel-Aviv University in 1970 and 1971, respectively.