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UNT Insider | May 2008 Issue | College of Engineering

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UNT names Costas Tsatsoulis as new dean of College of Engineering

From a UNT News Service press release

Costas Tsatsoulis

Costas Tsatsoulis

Costas Tsatsoulis, chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Kansas and a highly accomplished researcher, has been named the new dean of the UNT College of Engineering, effective Aug. 1.

"We are pleased that Dr. Tsatsoulis will be joining us as we embark on an exciting new era in the College of Engineering," says Wendy K. Wilkins, UNT provost and vice president for academic affairs. "In light of his wealth of knowledge as a respected leader and academic, I am confident he will guide us to even greater heights in our already successful College of Engineering."

At the University of Kansas, Tsatsoulis (pronounced Tsat-SOO-lis) served as assistant professor from 1988 to 1993, associate professor from 1993 to 1999 and professor from 1999 to the present. He became interim chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in August 2003, until being named permanent chair in January 2004.

"I am very happy to be joining UNT and the College of Engineering," Tsatsoulis says. "I am looking forward to developing new departments and programs, supporting the existing ones, growing our research and graduate programs and continuing our service to our students, the state of Texas and the nation. The College of Engineering at UNT is growing at a rapid pace and I am excited about the opportunity to help lead it forward."

Tsatsoulis replaces Oscar Garcia, Founding Dean of the College of Engineering, who is stepping down as dean at the end of May to return to the faculty to teach and assist colleagues and students with research. Herman Totten, who led the search committee, will serve as interim dean of the College of Engineering from June 1 until the end of July, while continuing in his position as dean of the UNT School of Library and Information Sciences.

As chair at the University of Kansas, Tsatsoulis led the growth of the doctoral program; oversaw an increase in research funding, including a $21 million award from the National Science Foundation for a Science and Technology Center in 2005; and implemented a new master of science degree program in information technology, among other achievements.

He has been awarded more than $4.3 million in research funding as principal investigator in research grants and contracts from federal, industry and state organizations, including NASA, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the National Institutes of Health. As a co-investigator, he has been awarded more than $13.5 million in research funding. In addition, he has published more than 100 refereed papers and a book.

Tsatsoulis also has served as vice president of research for Data Discovery Inc. from 1992 to 1994; director of the Intelligent Design Laboratory in the Center for Excellence in Computer-Aided Systems Engineering at the University of Kansas from 1990 to 1997; visiting scientist at Lockheed Artificial Intelligence Center in Palo Alto, Calif., from July to December 1995, and director of the Intelligent Systems and Information Management Laboratory at the University of Kansas' Information Technology and Communications Center from 1997 to 2003.

He has conducted research in multiagent systems, case-based reasoning, machine learning and intelligent image analysis. His awards include the AT&T Engineering Education Excellence Award for the State of Kansas in 1995 and the Big 12 Faculty Fellowship in 1997, among others.

Tsatsoulis will also hold a position as professor in the UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering while serving as dean.

Tsatsoulis earned a doctoral degree in electrical engineering in 1987, a master of science degree in electrical engineering in 1984, a bachelor of arts degree in German in 1987 and a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering in 1983, all from Purdue University.

UNT News Service Press Release
Ellen Rossetti can be reached at erossetti@unt.edu.

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