Dr. Mark Weiss Selected as New Interim Vice Dean

Faculty Highlight, News

Interim Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing, Dr. Ines Triay, announced her first appointment in the College of Mark Allen Weiss, PhD from the Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences as the new interim vice Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing.

Dr. Weiss is a Distinguished University Professor, who has served the college for six and half years as associate Dean for undergraduate education. He also served as Interim Founding Director of the School of Universal Computing, Construction, and Engineering EDucation (SUCCEED). He is most well-known for his sole-authored data structures textbooks, which are among the most widely used in computer science.

In the late 1990s, Dr. Weiss was part of the advanced placement (AP) computer science (CS) development committee that designed the advanced placement (AP) curriculum and wrote the AP exams taken by U.S. high school students. Presently he is co-leading a project to help the U.S. National Science Foundation set priorities for computer science education research and is PI on more than $9 million of active grants. He is an IEEE and AAAS Fellow and received the ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award for “advancing the art and science of computer science (CS) education through his textbooks, research, and curriculum design which have affected thousands of instructors and students worldwide.”

In his new role, Interim Vice Dean Weiss will serve as the lead administrator within the college, ensuring the strategic alignment of the college’s key functions. Specifically, Dr. Weiss will work with the Dean to establish roles and responsibilities associated with the undergraduate, graduate, and research programs of the College to achieve student success and research excellence.

The College of Engineering and Computing continues to be ranked #1 in the U.S. in awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees to Hispanic students, and #5 in awarding bachelor’s degrees to African Americans.