Professor Finkelstein joined the College of Computer Science in 1983 and, was dean from 1994 to 2014. Prior to his service at Northeastern University, he 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.
Professor Finkelstein’s research expertise is in the development of algebraic algorithms and their application to the solution of large-scale 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 (1985) for work in signal processing.
He has had a broad range of administrative experience at Northeastern University, including membership on the Presidential Search Committee, and has served as an Institutional Representative to the University Corporation on Advanced Internet Development. He was a principal investigator on the University’s successful application to the NSF Connections Program aimed at connecting the University to the Internet2 network. In addition, Professor Finkelstein has played a leading role in the development of interdisciplinary educational programs at Northeastern between computer and information science and the sciences, the digital arts and business. He is also a member of the IT Dean’s working group of the Computing Research Association.