Deputy Dean of Engineering: Susan Davidson
Dr. Susan B. Davidson, the George A. Weiss Professor of Computer and Information Science, has replaced Dr. Vijay Kumar, UPS Professor of Transportation in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, as Deputy Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science effective January 1, 2005.
The position of Deputy Dean was created in 1999 by Dean Eduardo Glandt to support the research mission of SEAS and to manage the School’s facilities, intellectual property and its interactions with various sectors of the University.
“Vijay Kumar has exhibited exemplary leadership in the performance of this important job. We all owe him our heartfelt appreciation for five years of service of unusual caliber. Because we need to continue on this dynamic trajectory, I am delighted and proud that Susan Davidson has allowed me to recruit her as the School’s next Deputy Dean,” said Dean Glandt.
Dr. Davidson joined the faculty of Penn Engineering in 1982. She 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, respectively.
Dr. Davidson’s research is focused on the fields of databases and bioinformatics. She was the founding co-director of the Penn Center for Bioinformatics (PCBI) in 1997 and served as interim director from 2000-2003. She is also a founding co-leader of the Greater Philadelphia Bioinformatics Alliance, an organization that brings together the region’s leading universities and life science companies to accelerate innovation and education in bioinformatics. She has served on the University Gender Equity Committee and has led the Computer and Information Science “CISters Meetings,” an informal organization that brings together graduate women in the department to foster a sense of community in a field where women are underrepresented.
For her efforts, she was awarded the Lenore Rowe Williams Award in 2002, an award given to an outstanding female scholar or leader, affiliated with the University, whose contributions extend within and beyond the campus. Dr. Davidson holds a secondary appointment in the department of genetics, is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, was a Fulbright Scholar, and was the second holder of the Hitachi Chair at INRIA in 2004.
Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 19, February 1, 2005
February 1, 2005
Volume 51 Number 19