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Vice Provost for Research

Following an extensive national search, Padma Raghavan, a distinguished researcher in high-performance computing and computational science and engineering and a proven academic research enterprise leader, was named as Vanderbilt University’s next vice provost for research, beginning Feb. 1, 2016.

Raghavan was a distinguished professor of computer science and engineering at the Pennsylvania State University, where she also served as the associate vice president for research for strategic interdisciplinary initiatives. She was the founding director of the Penn State Institute for CyberScience, the coordinating unit on campus for developing interdisciplinary computation and data-enabled science and engineering.

The role of vice provost for research has been expanded from its past definition based on faculty feedback. In addition to overseeing the university’s research portfolio, Raghavan also will oversee implementation of the university’s new future vision and trans-institutional strategies and will work closely with academic deans and department chairs to advance the quality of the research enterprise across campus. She also is charged with deepening, widening and strengthening Vanderbilt’s international research connections.

Raghavan’s priorities will include developing strategies to enhance extramural support from all sources of research across the schools and colleges. She will work closely with Vanderbilt University Medical Center to support its continued strong affiliation with the university and to promote interdisciplinary initiatives, including those that enable major research funding opportunities.

In addition to overseeing the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Raghavan will oversee the trans-institutional centers and institutes supported centrally by the Office of the Provost, the Office of Contract and Research Administration, and Global Support Services. She also will coordinate oversight of animal care, human research protection programs and environmental health and safety with the Medical Center.

She also serves as the representative on the UT-Battelle Board of Governors, which oversees management of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and represents Vanderbilt on the American Association of Universities Senior Research Officers (SROs) constituent group.

Raghavan received her Ph.D. in computer science from Penn State. Before returning to Penn State in August 2000, she served as an associate professor of computer science at the University of Tennessee and as a research scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

A committed and experienced mentor and educator, Raghavan has supervised 46 masters and Ph.D. theses and authored approximately 100 peer-reviewed publications. She is the recipient of several awards, including an NSF CAREER Award in 1995 and the Maria Goeppert-Mayer Distinguished Scholar Award in 2002 from the University of Chicago and the Argonne National Laboratory. She was selected as a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2013.

Raghavan is a prominent member of major professional societies including the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and IEEE. She serves on the editorial boards of the SIAM Series on Computational Science Engineering, the SIAM Series on Software Environments and Tools, and the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing. Raghavan is also a member of the SIAM Committee on Science policy and the SIAM Council, which together with its board and officers leads SIAM.

Raghavan serves on many advisory and review boards, including the Advisory Committee of the Directorate of Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the National Science Foundation; the National Research Council’s Committee on Future Directions for NSF Advanced Computing Infrastructure; the National Academies Panel on Information Science at the Army Research Laboratory; the review committee for the Computation Directorate at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; and the Computer Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing.

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