Peter Nelson, professor and head of computer science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has been appointed interim dean of the College of Engineering effective August 1, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.
Nelson replaces Prith Banerjee who joins Hewlett Packard as senior vice president for research and head of HP Labs. A national search for a permanent replacement for Banerjee will begin this summer.
"Dean Banerjee leaves the College of Engineering on an upward trajectory, and I am confident that Dr. Nelson will continue to build on that success as we recruit the next dean," said UIC Provost R. Michael Tanner in announcing the appointment.
Nelson joined what was then UIC's department of electrical engineering and computer science in 1988, starting as an assistant professor and rising in rank to full professor. In 2001, the one department was split into two -- computer science, and electrical and computer engineering -- and Nelson was named head of computer science.
In 1991, Nelson founded UIC's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, which specializes in research and development in a variety of applied intelligence systems projects for fields such as transportation, molecular biology, electronics manufacturing optimization and networking.
Nelson's research projects have attracted more than $15 million in government and corporate grants.
Nelson received his B.A. in computer science and mathematics from North Park College. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from Northwestern University.
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