Govindaraju named VP for research and economic development

Leading computer scientist Venu Govindaraju has been named vice president for research and economic development at the University at Buffalo. He has served as interim vice president for research and economic development at UB since September 2014.

Under Govindaraju’s leadership, UB’s research enterprise has made a number of significant strides. For example, UB has continued to build its ranks of world-renowned research faculty and significantly advanced interdisciplinary research through the launch of the Communities of Excellence initiative, the Creative Arts Initiative and other major endeavors.

UB also continues to distinguish itself among its peer research institutions nationally and globally, as exemplified by UB’s leadership in National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health research consortia, and the establishment of the UB Clinical and Translational Consortium, made possible by a prestigious $16 million Clinical and Translational Science Award.

A SUNY Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Govindaraju has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on more than $65 million in research funding. His work focuses on the application of machine learning and pattern recognition.

A native of India who came to UB in the late 1980s as a graduate student, Govindaraju has steadily advanced at the university as a researcher, educator and administrator.

A graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India, Govindaraju received master’s and doctoral degrees in computer science from UB.