Valerie Taylor appointed senior associate dean for academic affairs

Photo of Dr. Valerie TaylorDr. M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, has appointed Dr. Valerie E. Taylor senior associate dean for academic affairs.

Taylor is Regents Professor and the Wisenbaker Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and an IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) fellow.

Taylor is the former head of Texas A&M's Department of Computer Science and Engineering, having served in that role from 2003 to 2011. She is executive director of the Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in IT (CMD-IT), a 501(c )(3) nonprofit organization with a vision of contributing to the national need for an effective workforce in computing and IT through synergistic activities related to minorities and people with disabilities.

Taylor earned her B.S. in electrical and computer engineering and M.S. in computer engineering from Purdue University. She received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1991. From 1991 through 2002, Taylor was a member of the faculty in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Northwestern University.

Among her many awards are the Richard A. Tapia Achievement Award for Scientific Scholarship, Civic Science, and Diversifying Computing; the MOBE Influencers and Innovators of the Internet and Technology; and the Harriet B. Rigas Education Award. She has been author or co-author on more than 100 papers in the area of HPC.

Taylor is a member of IEEE and the Association of Computing Machinery.