Purdue University has named Patrick Wolfe dean of the College of Science. He is a professor of statistics and computer science and founding executive director of the Big Data Institute at University College London. Wolfe will begin his new role July 17. He is also a trustee and non-executive director of the Alan Turing Institute, which is dedicated to data science, in the United Kingdom. In his new role, he will be responsible for the College of Science’s seven departments. Wolfe will also oversee a variety of interdisciplinary programs and centers within the college.
He succeeds Craig Svensson, who served in the role on an interim basis. Wolfe graduated from the University of Illinois in 1998 and earned his doctorate from Cambridge in the U.K. in 2003. His main research focus revolves around the mathematical foundations of data science, according to Purdue.