College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences

Brian Dean appointed to the C. Tycho Howle Chair of the School of Computing


Brian Dean has been promoted to the C. Tycho Howle Chair of the School of Computing.

In an announcement to faculty and staff, Anand Gramopadhye, dean of the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences, said Dean’s impressive credentials, collaborative spirit, passion for research and education and history of service uniquely position him to lead the school, one of the college’s fastest-growing academic units.

Prior to stepping into the role of school director, Dean served as the chair of its computer science division. His research interests are broad, encompassing most of algorithmic computer science and its applications.

His recent work has focused on the biomedical domain, using artificial intelligence to better understand neurological disorders such as epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease.

Dean is a faculty scholar in the Clemson University School of Health Research as part of a joint program with Prisma Health and serves as the coordinator for graduate programs in biomedical data science and informatics as part of a joint program with the Medical University of South Carolina.

He is also passionate about computer science education at the high school level, serving as director of the USA Computing Olympiad, a program that trains thousands of top students in the United States and globally in advanced computational problem solving.

Dean received his Ph.D. in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2005 and joined the Clemson faculty later that year.

“I thank the search committee, including chairperson Rong Ge, for its diligent work, and I invite the entire Clemson Family to join me in welcoming Dr. Dean to his new role,” Gramopadhye wrote. “The School of Computing’s faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends will be in good hands with him at the helm.”

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