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UTEP’s Computer Science Department Appoints New Chair

Dr. Eunice Santos
Dr. Eunice Santos
The College of Engineering at The University of Texas at El Paso is pleased to announce that Eunice E. Santos, Ph.D., will lead the Department of Computer Science as Professor and Chair effective September 1, 2009.

Dr. Santos is currently serving an appointment as a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy in the Department of Defense. She is also the Director of the Laboratory for Computation, Information and Distributed Processing, and Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. Dr. Santos is a leading expert and researcher in the areas of large-scale distributed processing, computational modeling, complex adaptive systems, and human modeling with applications to the biological, physical and social sciences.

“We are very excited about having Dr. Santos on board to lead the further development of our education and research programs in computer science,” said Dr. Richard Schoephoerster, Dean of the College of Engineering. “Her knowledge and experience in high performance computing, and her breadth of expertise – ranging from breast cancer modeling to defense and homeland security – will give her the ability to develop collaborative relationships across almost every college at UTEP.”

Dr. Santos earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley. She has received numerous awards, including a National Science Foundation Career Award, the Spira Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Robinson Faculty Award. She is a past member of the IDA/DARPA Defense Science Study Group, and on DoD (including DARPA) senior technical advisory committees. She is currently a member of the NATO Research & Technology Organisation Task Group on Psycho-Social Models and Methods in NATO's Effects Based Approach to Operations.