College of Engineering and Computer Science Appoints Associate Dean for Research, Doctoral Programs
After an extensive search, Gurdip Singh is joining the College of Engineering and Computer Science as Associate Dean for Research and Doctoral Programs, beginning Aug. 22.
Since 2014, Singh has served as program director at the National Science Foundation in the Computer and Network Systems Division of the CISE Directorate, working with the Computer Systems Research (CSR) and Cyber-Physical Systems programs. Singh also works with colleagues in the Engineering and Social and Behavioral Sciences Directorate on the Partnership for Innovations (PFI), Critical Resilient Interdependent Systems and Processes (CRIPSP), and the Research Coordination Networks (RCN) programs.
“The search committee and I were particularly impressed by Gurdip’s experience as a leader and as a researcher,” says Dean Teresa A. Dahlberg. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for creating a supportive environment for faculty, mentoring graduate students, and building and executing effective strategies that advance research goals.”
Singh was the head of the Computing and Information Sciences Department at Kansas State University from 2009 to 2014. At Kansas State, he led the Pervasive Sensor Network Laboratory (PerSNL), which was focused on developing tools and methodologies for designing applications and middleware for real-time embedded systems and sensor networks. His research has been funded by National Science Foundation (NSF), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Air Force Office of Scientific Research and several industrial partners. Singh was the director of the multidisciplinary Center for Sensors and Sensor Systems, which was funded under the K-State Targeted Excellence Program.
Singh was the recipient of the Frankenhoff Outstanding Research Award in 2007, NSF CAREER Award in 1995 and NSF Research Initiation Award in 1992.
Singh received a B.Tech degree in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, in 1986 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1989 and 1991, respectively.
As the associate dean, Singh will develop, administer and monitor the college’s research goals to elevate the prominence and reach of its research activities. He will focus particularly on fostering interdisciplinary and translational research, directing funds and support for multi-investigator collaborations, and developing the research infrastructure and expertise necessary to compete for federally funded research opportunities.
Additionally, he will monitor and oversee administration of the college’s doctoral programs and will work with the graduate college and the department chairs to enhance doctoral student recruitment, funding, academic progression and placement.
“Through the interview process I was impressed with the high caliber of passionate and driven faculty researchers, and the facilities available to them,” says Singh. “Their commitment to advancements in scientific discovery and to the preparation of students for industry and academia are evident. I am looking forward to supporting their efforts and continuing the college’s momentum in building multidisciplinary programs involving faculty both within the college and across the University.”