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Palakal will be executive associate dean of IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI

Mathew J. Palakal
Mathew J. Palakal


February 27, 2013

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Mathew J. Palakal has been appointed executive associate dean of what will become the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, both effective July 1, 2013, an appointment announced by Robert B. Schnabel, dean of the IU School of Informatics.

At the school, Palakal has held the title of associate dean of research and graduate programs since 2006 and has been director of the Informatics Research Institute and professor of computer and informational science since 2001. He also served as interim executive associate dean from July to December 2012 and as co-interim executive associate dean from August 2007 to June 2008.

“Mathew has proven to be an invaluable member of the informatics leadership team in the roles he has played for the school,” Schnabel said. “His scholarship, experience and leadership make him an excellent fit for this position, and we are very fortunate he will be taking on this new responsibility.”

As executive associate dean for the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, Palakal will be responsible for determining the strategic vision for the school, advancing the school’s education and research, and providing oversight and management of the school’s fiscal and personnel matters.

“Mathew has served IUPUI with energy and distinction since arriving at the campus 25 years ago,” IUPUI Executive Vice Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar said. “He is highly motivated by the school’s mission to excel in education, research and civic engagement in the field of informatics and will serve the faculty, staff, students and alumni well.”

The School of Informatics is an innovator in a fast-paced and dynamic field. It uniquely integrates computing, social science and information systems design to explore how people use computing and technology to live, work, play and communicate, and apply that insight to develop innovative IT solutions affecting fields such as health care, biology, business, law, entertainment and media.

“I’m honored by this appointment, and look forward to working with my colleagues in this new capacity and continuing my contributions to the school’s ongoing success,” Palakal said.

Before joining the School of Informatics in 2006, Palakal was a professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the School of Science and served as the department chair for nine years. Before arriving at IUPUI in 1988, Palakal was a research and teaching assistant in the Department of Computer Science at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, where he earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science. His research interests include biomedical and clinical text mining and intelligent information management systems.