Augusta University recently named Indian-American Dr Gagan Agrawal the associate dean for research and graduate education in the university’s School of Computer and Cyber Science.
“I am very excited to have this opportunity. Building on top of the investment the state of Georgia and Augusta University have made toward the school, we have an excellent opportunity to build research momentum and grow our research-oriented graduate programs,” computer scientist Gagan Agrawal was quoted as saying in a statement.
“I look forward to working with faculty and staff of the school and all external partners to realize this vision,” Agarwal, who has previously led large successful proposals in his career, added.
He has served in this position in an interim capacity since January this year.
As associate dean, Agarwal, whose promotion became official on August 1, will provide leadership in building the research momentum of the school. He will also be responsible for establishing new graduate programmes, and at the same time, he will have to sustain the current graduate programmes, focusing on the new PhD programme.
Since he arrived at the university in Augusta, Georgia, in January 2020, Agarwal has been part of massive proposals that involved the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences.
“I am honored and delighted to have Dr Gagan Agrawal at the helm of our research and graduate programs,” said Dean Alex Schwarzmann. “Dr Agrawal is an internationally renowned scientist, and his appointment is a strong statement about things to come as we continue building a comprehensive research college in computing disciplines with national and international visibility.”
Agarwal has previously been a professor of computer science at Ohio State University. For 15 years there, he served as his department’s graduate studies committee chair. As part of his work, he managed M.S. and PhD programmes with combined enrollments of nearly 300 students.
Agarwal has also led the NSF CISE research infrastructure proposal involving as many as 15 faculty members. Both NSF and DOE strongly funded their research, including bagging the prestigious NSF Career Award.
Agarwal has written over 250 research articles, which have been published.