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
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.