Former CRA Board Member Lance Fortnow will take over as dean of the College of Science at Illinois Institute of Technology on August 15. Fortnow is currently professor and chair of the School of Computer Science of the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also a former member of the CCC Council.
From the announcement:
“Through his years as a researcher and educator, Professor Fortnow has developed an outstanding reputation for innovation in the field of computational science on a regional, national, and international scale,” said Peter Kilpatrick, Ph.D., Illinois Tech’s provost and senior vice president of academic affairs. “As the College of Science is the second-largest college at Illinois Institute of Technology, the future success of the university will go hand in hand with the future success of the college, and I can’t think of a dean better suited to help take us to where we want to be as an institution.”
Previous to joining the faculty at Georgia Tech, Fortnow was a professor at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. His work on interactive proof systems and time-space lower bounds for satisfiability led to his election as an Association of Computing Machinery Fellow in 2007. He served as a National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellow from 1992–98, and was a Fulbright scholar to the Netherlands in 1996–97 after earning his Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“I’m excited to return to the city of Chicago to lead sciences and computing at Illinois Institute of Technology,” said Fortnow. “I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, students, and administration to further Illinois Tech’s reputation as a true leader in science and technology education and research in Chicago and beyond.”