Welch named college ombudsperson

Photo of Dr. Jennifer WelchDr. Jennifer L. Welch, Regents Professor and Chevron Professor II in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been named the faculty ombudsperson officer for the Dwight Look College of Engineering for two years starting Sept. 1.

Welch will function as the intermediary between college faculty and university offices.

Since 1992, Welch has been a faculty member of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M. She received a B.A. in liberal arts from the University of Texas at Austin in 1979 and her S.M. and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before joining the Texas A&M faculty, Welch was an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina. She was a member of the technical staffs of GTE Laboratories Inc. and AT&T Bell Laboratories, and also a programmer for Sipes, Williamson & Associates and Tracor Inc.

Her research approach encompasses formal models, algorithm design and analysis, and lower bounds and impossibility proofs for problems that arise in distributed systems. Recently she has focused on wireless and mobile networks, distributed storage, and crash failure detection. She has more than 100 refereed publications and co-wrote the textbook "Distributed Computing: Fundamentals, Simulations and Advanced Topics," a respected book in the field.

Welch is the recipient of many honors, including the Association for Computing Machinery Distinguished Scientist award. She has participated in Texas A&M"s Women's Faculty Network mentoring program and has mentored numerous junior faculty.

Of her appointment as ombudsperson, Welch said, "I'm looking forward to helping faculty members resolve their concerns."