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Heimdahl begins appointment as new department head

July 1, 2015

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering is pleased to welcome our new department head, Professor Mats Heimdahl, who will begin his five-year appointment July 1. Heimdahl is succeeding Professor Vipin Kumar, who steps down June 30 after serving CS&E as department head for 10 years.

An expert in software engineering and safety critical systems, Professor Heimdahl served for 11 years as the director of the University of Minnesota Software Engineering Center (UMSEC). Heimdahl is the recipient of the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award, a McKnight Land-Grant Professorship and the McKnight Presidential Fellow Award at the University of Minnesota, and the University of Minnesota Award for Outstanding Contributions to Post-Baccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education.

“Professor Heimdahl has an excellent record of teaching, research, and service, and I am confident that the department will flourish under his leadership and direction,” said Dean Steven L. Crouch in his announcement.

Heimdahl received an MS in Computer Science and Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of California at Irvine.

Please join CS&E in thanking Professor Kumar for his service and welcoming Professor Heimdahl as the next head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.