Dr. Larry Finkelstein joined the College of Computer and Information Science in 1983 and served as Dean from September 1994 to July 2014. During his time as Dean, the College has grown significantly in stature and size and has achieved national prominence as one of the premier colleges focusing on computer science and information science. The College is especially known for its strong emphasis on interdisciplinary research and education with a focus on the physical sciences, the health sciences, the digital arts and business.
Prior to his service at Northeastern University, Dr. Finkelstein was a Professor of Mathematics at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and a member of the technical staffs of the Center for Communication Research in Princeton, New Jersey and the MITRE Corporation in Bedford, Massachusetts.
He received his BS from the City College of New York, his MS from the University of Michigan and his PhD from the University of Birmingham in England, all in mathematics. Dr. Finkelstein’s research expertise is in the development of efficient algorithms for the solution of large-scale computational problems in mathematics, computer science, and engineering. He has co-organized two workshops in this area at DIMACS, an NSF Science and Technology Center, to support research in discrete mathematics and theoretical computer science, and co-edited the proceedings of those workshops. He was a co-winner of the best paper award at the Mitre Corporation for work in signal processing.
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