Indiana University Picks Schnabel as Informatics Dean

Indiana University named Robert B. ("Bobby") Schnabel, considered a national leader in the uses of computers in education, as dean of the IU School of Informatics.

Schnabel is vice provost for academic and campus technology and professor of computer science at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He also serves as chief information officer of CU-Boulder and director of the Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society Institute.

Schnabel's research and teaching interests include numerical and parallel computation, applications to molecular chemistry, and diversifying participation in computing and information technology in the areas of education and workforce development. He earned his doctorate and master's degree in computer science from Cornell and his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Dartmouth.

Schnabel succeeds Michael Dunn, a philosophy professor who came to IU in 1969 and rose through the ranks to become its executive associate dean and is credited with building the School of Informatics.

Schnabel will take over the School of Informatics, which includes the Department of Computer Science and the New Media Program and has 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students and more than 1,100 alumni.

"The School of Informatics is uniquely positioned to provide national leadership in the broad area of informatics and computer science education, research and service," said Schnabel. "This is a critically important area to the state of Indiana, the nation and world. I look forward to working with the excellent multi-campus faculty, staff and students of the School, in strong partnership with the IU and Indiana communities."

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