CCI Announces Hiring of New Dean

Date Published: 
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The UNC Charlotte community is pleased to welcome Fatma Mili, Ph.D,  as Dean of the College of Computing and Informatics beginning August 1, 2017.  Dr. Mili joins UNC Charlotte from Purdue University where she is the Founder and Director of the TransSTEM (Center for Trans-institutional Capacity Building and Educational Equity in STEM) at the Purdue Discovery Park, and Professor of Computer and Information Technology.

 As Provost Joan Lorden stated, “We live in a digital world.  UNC Charlotte has sought a collaborative leader who can help us envision and address the present and future needs of all our students, continue to build our innovative and interdisciplinary research programs, and engage with our partners to address pressing community needs.  We believe that we have found that leader in Dr. Mili.”

 Dr. Mili has extensive experience in successfully driving progressive forces of change and transformation in computing. She founded the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, an academic educational research institute to foster modern, transdisciplinary education; created an International Network for Higher Education Institutional Transformation and secured initial funding for a network that consists of teams of faculty and administrators from 21 institutions; initiated a Purdue-wide project developing faculty capacity in diversity and equity; and spearheaded new curricular innovations including an undergraduate trans-disciplinary minor focused on raising students’ awareness of grand challenges and equipping them with the mindset to address them, and two graduate courses integrating technological topics with a reflection on the future and technology. 

“I am most honored and thrilled to be joining the esteemed CCI at UNCC,” says Dr. Mili. “The foundations of excellence and innovation set forth by the current and former leadership of CCI provide an enviable springboard for charting the next chapter. I look forward to meeting and working with everyone.”

 Since graduating with a Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1984 from Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, France, Mili has been fully immersed in the academic enterprise and has experienced it in all its facets – teaching, research, service, administration, leadership, innovation, and advocacy.  UNC Charlotte looks forward to Dr. Mili’s leadership in shaping and realizing the next decade of the College of Computing and Informatics with the college’s faculty, students, and staff to embrace the future, commit to UNC Charlotte’s vision and values, and contribute to the next phase of our burgeoning Urban Research University.

About the College of Computing and Informatics
The College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) is the largest and most comprehensive technology program in North Carolina, and one of the largest in the nation, offering scale and critical mass in cutting-edge research and innovation. CCI is a national leader in interdisciplinary partnerships, bridging fundamental research with critical scientific, societal, and national defense challenges. It is also the home to leading research centers and institutes, including the Cyber Defense and Network Assurability (CyberDNA) Center, the Bioinformatics Research Center, the Charlotte Visualization Center, the Complex Systems Institute, and the Center for Education Innovation.  Active research awards currently total $28 Million.  cci.uncc.edu  @UNCC_CCI

About the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina’s urban research university. It is the fourth largest campus among the seventeen institutions of the University of North Carolina system and the largest institution of higher education in the Charlotte region. Current enrollment exceeds 28,000 students, including 5,000 graduate students.

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Media Contact:  Clark G. Curtis, 704-687-7983, clarkcurtis@uncc.edu