George Weiss, Susan Davidson and SEAS Dean Eduardo Glandt
Dr. Susan B. Davidson, professor of computer and information science for the School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been named the inaugural George A. Weiss Professor of Computer and Information Science.
Dr. Davidson received her bachelor's degree in mathematics from Cornell University and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University in 1980 and 1982. She joined the faculty of Penn Engineering in the Department of Computer and Information Science in 1982.
Dr. Davidson's research interests include database and web-based systems, and bioinformatics. Within bioinformatics she is best known for her work with the Kleisli data integration system, with Drs. Peter Buneman, Val Tannen and Christopher Overton, which was subsequently commercialized in the company GeneticXChange. Her more recent work has centered on XML technologies for data sharing and data integration.
Dr. Davidson was the founding co-director of the Penn Center for Bioinformatics (PCBI) from 1997-2000, and interim director from 2000-2003. The PCBI is a multi-school center which links faculty from biomedicine, statistics, mathematics, engineering and computer science. The mission of the center is to foster research and education in the rapidly emerging fields of bioinformatics and computational biology, disciplines that deal with the management and analysis of data generated by high-throughput techniques in genomics, and molecular and cellular biology. She is also a founding co-leader of the Greater Philadelphia Bioinformatics Alliance, an organization that pulls together the region's leading universities and life science companies to accelerate innovation and education in bioinformatics.
Dr. Davidson holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Genetics, is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, received the Lenore Rowe Williams Award in 2002, and was a Fulbright Scholar and recipient of a Hitachi Chair in 2004.
The George A. Weiss Professorship was established by George A. Weiss, W '65, Charter Trustee of the University, and his Say Yes to Education Foundation. Mr. Weiss is president of George Weiss Associates, a money management firm he founded in 1978. He has generously supported a wide variety of initiatives and programs across the University such as the Weiss Tech House, the Weiss Real Estate Center at Wharton and the Weiss Weight Room for Athletics. Mr. Weiss has made a strong commitment to financial aid, establishing a number of endowed funds and challenge grants while at the same time reaching out to three schools with five endowed chairs.
Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 8, October 19, 2004
October 19, 2004
Volume 51 Number 8