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Dr. Rajasekaran Announces New Leadership Team

Department Head, Sanguthevar Rajasekaran recently announced that the following highly accomplished key leaders have joined his cabinet as Associate Department Heads. He is looking forward to working with them in realizing the vision of the Department and accomplishing the goals of the School of Engineering.

Dr. Jinbo Bi: Associate Department Head for Research and Strategic Initiatives

Dr. Bi graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2003 with a Ph.D. in Mathematics. After graduation, she joined Siemens as a Principal Scientist and worked for them until 2009. Subsequently she was funded by the Department of Defense to be a Senior Scientist working on machine learning tools for triage management at Massachusetts General Hospital. She then joined the University of Connecticut as an Associate Professor in 2010. She has published extensively in top machine learning venues and is well funded by such agencies as the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health.

Dr. Laurent Michel: Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Studies and Industry Relations

Dr. Michel received a B.S. and a Sc. M. in Computer Science from Les Facultes Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix in 1993 in Namur, Belgium. He later received a Sc.M. in 1996 and a Ph.D. in 1999 in Computer Science from Brown University. Dr. Michel joined the Computer Science and Engineering department in 2002 as an Assistant Professor and has been a Professor since 2017. His research interests focus on the design and implementation of domain specific languages for combinatorial optimization and cybersecurity. He has published extensively in these areas in top venues. He is well funded from the National Science Foundation, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and industry. He is a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and served as the Associate Department Head from 2014 to 2018.

Dr. Alexander Russell: Associate Department Head for Graduate Studies

Dr. Russell holds a B.A. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Computer Science from Cornell University, awarded in 1991. He holds two graduate degrees from MIT: a M.S. in Computer Science in 1993 and a Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1996. After postdoctoral positions at KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Berkeley, he joined the University of Connecticut in 1999. He is currently the Director of the Voting Technology Research Center and a Senior Research Fellow at Input Output Hong Kong. He has published extensively in top security venues. He is well funded from such prestigious agencies as the National Science Foundation and the State of Connecticut.