Acharya accepts dean's appointment at Indiana University


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Raj Acharya, director of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and former head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), will be leaving Penn State in July to become the dean of the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University, where he will start new engineering programs in the school, offering degrees in computer engineering, cyber physical systems, neural engineering, molecular engineering, bioengineering, nanotechnology and environmental engineering.

“Raj Acharya’s inclusive, interdisciplinary and international vision makes him the ideal leader for the school at this exciting period in its development," Indiana University’s Provost and Executive Vice President, Lauren Robel, said in a press release. "He has deep experience in bringing faculty together to create new programs as well as in bringing together existing programs and inspiring people to work together in new ways.”

Acharya joined Penn State as department head of CSE in 2001. When CSE joined the Department of Electrical Engineering in the spring of 2015, he was named director of the newly formed School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. During his tenure at Penn State, Acharya helped to move the department’s research expenditures from 64th in the nation to 8th by securing a $48 million award from the U.S. Army Collaborative Research Alliances, a $10 million National Science Foundation Expedition award and a $35 million U.S. Army Network Sciences Center.

Additionally, he was able to recruit 21 new tenured-track faculty members, many of whom won National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development awards. Three junior faculty members received NSF Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, from President Barack Obama. Many of his computer science and engineering graduate students were hired in tenure track positions at prominent institutions around the country.

“My success at Penn State comes from my outstanding colleagues and students,” Acharya said. “The University has also provided an excellent environment for me to develop as an administrator, first as the Head of the CSE department and later as the Director of the newly formed School of EECS. I have been very lucky to have the opportunity to learn and being mentored by highly successful leaders.”

With his research centered around big data mining, network science and engineering and genomics, Acharya did collaborative work with Penn State’s Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences and was named associate editor of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers/the Association for Computing Machinery Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. He is Founding Chair of IAPR Technical Committee on Pattern Recognition in Bioinformatics. Acharya is on the steering committee of the International Conference on Pattern Recognition in Bioinformatics. He is a Fellow of IEEE and AIMBE.

Acharya was also a research scientist at General Electric (Thomson) CSF Laboratory in Paris, France. He holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Minnesota/Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Electrical & Computer Engineering/Bioengineering.


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The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science was created in the spring of 2015 to allow greater access to courses offered by both departments for undergraduate and graduate students in exciting collaborative research in fields.

We offer B.S. degrees in electrical engineering, computer science, computer engineering and data science and graduate degrees (master's degrees and Ph.D.'s) in electrical engineering and computer science and engineering. EECS focuses on the convergence of technologies and disciplines to meet today’s industrial demands.

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