Michael Wellman Appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Engineering

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Michael P. Wellman, the Lynn A. Conway Collegiate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, has been selected to serve as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Engineering. His appointment was approved at the U-M Regents meeting on May 19, 2016.

Prof. Wellman's appointment is effective July 1, 2016. He succeeds Alec Gallimore, who will become the new Dean at the College of Engineering.

The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs has primary responsibilities related to the faculty, including oversight of the hiring, promotion, and tenure processes; merit review and overall budget review and planning; and space allocation and management. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs works in close cooperation with the Dean, the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, the Associate Dean for Research, and the Associate Dean for Graduate Education to sustain and advance the academic mission of the College.

Prof. Wellman has been a member of the faculty since 1992, when he joined Michigan as an Assistant Professor in CSE after completing his studies at MIT and serving for four years as a research scientist at the United States Air Force Wright Laboratory. During his 24-year tenure at Michigan, he has made numerous contributions through his research, teaching, and service activities. Prof. Wellman is proud advisor of 20 graduated PhDs, and teacher of a multitude of undergraduate and graduate students.

Prof. Wellman is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, as well as the Association for Computing Machinery. In 2012, his foundational work was recognized with the IFAAMAS (International Foundation of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems) Influential Paper Award for his 1993 paper describing a market-oriented programming approach to distributed problem solving, which was originally published in the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research. In 2014 he was recognized by ACM/SIGAI with the Autonomous Agents Research Award. At the University of Michigan, Prof. Wellman has been a recipient of the Faculty Recognition Award, and of awards from the EECS Department for Teaching Excellence and Outstanding Achievement.

Posted: May 31, 2016