Srinivasan Seshan Named Computer Science Department Head at Carnegie Mellon

Carnegie Mellon University  has appointed Srinivasan Seshan as head of the Computer Science Department, effective July 1.

Andrew Moore, Dean of the School of Computer Science, selected Mr. Seshan to succeed Frank Pfenning, who will return to teaching and researching full-time.

“…we are all excited about Srini Seshan’s new role as head of CSD,” Mr. Moore said in a release. “He is an outstanding researcher and teacher, and I’m confident that his expanded role in leadership will help the department reach even greater heights.”

Seshan joined the Computer Science Department in 2000. His research is centered on improving the “design, performance and security of computer networks, including wireless and mobile networks,” per the release.

In essence, that means he and his research group have developed ways to more efficiently transfer video content over the internet and have created new architectures to ensure the internet is more trustworthy.

The Computer Science Department is the school’s oldest and largest department.

The School of Computer Science was recognized this month by the U.S. News and World Report’s latest rankings on the “Best Graduate Computer Science Programs,” as the top-rated program in artificial intelligence.

 Seshan has been honored for his work a number of times. Among his honors include the three-year Finmeccanica Career Development Professorship in computer science, which supports outstanding young SCS faculty members; two IBM Faculty Partnership awards; and the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development, or CAREER, Award.

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