NJIT, New Jersey’s science, technology and design university, has appointed computer science professor and high-tech entrepreneur Dr. Craig Gotsman, as dean of the Ying Wu College of Computing (YWCC), effective Jan. 1, 2017.
Gotsman was the founding director of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute at Cornell Tech, a New York City-based graduate campus dedicated to fostering innovation and producing entrepreneurial engineers, with the purpose of growing the tech sector of NYC. Gotsman has also co-founded several technology startup companies and consulted to many large technology corporations.
Before Cornell Tech, Gotsman held the Hewlett-Packard Chair in Computer Engineering at Technion–Israel Institute of Technology, where he co-founded the Technion Center for Graphics and Geometric Computing in 2001. While at Technion, he also served in a number of associate dean roles and as deputy senior vice president. Gotsman has been a visiting professor at Harvard University, INRIA Sophia Antipolis (France), ETH Zurich (Switzerland) and a research scientist at MIT.
“We are delighted that Professor Craig Gotsman has joined NJIT as the next dean of the Ying Wu College of Computing,” says Dr. Fadi Deek, provost and senior executive vice president at NJIT. “Craig is an exceptional leader with a strong record of scholarship and innovation and a champion for academic excellence. I am confident that he will build on the progress made under the leadership of outgoing Dean Marek Rusinkiewic—who has led the college with distinction over the last three and a half years—and will lead an already accomplished faculty and student body to greater visibility and leverage his entrepreneurial spirit to bring more success to the college and university.”
“In the 21st century, it is essential to open campuses to the outside world,” says Gotsman, who is a staunch advocate of bridging academia and industry. “Forever gone are the days of the ivory tower academic model. Now things are changing so quickly that we have to interact much more with the outside world just to keep up, especially in the tech sector.”
“One of my priorities is to increase the visibility and impact of the college at all levels. We will invite the community in to show them what we’re doing, and actively encourage our faculty and students to innovate by developing their own ideas and starting their own ventures.”