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The department is thrilled to announce that Department Chair Roberto Tamassia was recently appointed Plastech Professor of Computer Science by the University.

“It is only fitting that Roberto's scientific achievements have been recognized through such an honor,” said Dean of the Faculty Rajiv Vohra.

Roberto’s research interests include information security, applied cryptography, analysis, design, and implementation of algorithms, graph drawing and computational geometry. He has published more than 220 peer-reviewed research articles and has given more than 75 invited lectures worldwide. He has coauthored four books, including a widely adopted textbook on data structures and algorithms, now in its fourth edition. He is an IEEE Fellow and the recipient of a Technical Achievement Award from the IEEE Computer Society. He is listed among the most highly cited computer science authors by Thomson Scientific, Institute for Scientific Information (ISI). His research has been funded by the Army Research Office, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the NATO Scientific Affairs Division, the National Science Foundation, and several industrial sponsors. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1988 and the Laurea degree in electrical engineering from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 1984.

“I am delighted to have been awarded this named chair,” said Roberto, “and I am grateful to the University for bestowing on me this honor.”

Roberto joins the department's other named professors: Eugene Charniak, the University Professor of Computer Science, Sorin Istrail, the Julie Nguyen Brown Professor of Computational and Mathematical Science, Franco Preparata, the An Wang Professor of Computer Science, and Andy van Dam, the Thomas J. Watson Jr. University Professor of Technology and Education.