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The College of Computing & Informatics Announces New Interim Leadership

Spiros Mancoridis
Spiros Mancoridis, PhD

April 10, 2015

The College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) at Drexel University announces the appointment of Professor and Vice Dean Spiros Mancoridis, PhD as interim dean, following the conclusion of Isaac L. Auerbach Professor David Fenske’s 16 years of service as dean at the end of June. Mancoridis will assume the administrative role of dean officially on July 1, 2015, after which a national search for a permanent dean will begin.

The College has also announced a restructuring into two academic departments: Computer Science and Information Science. The College’s Department of Computer Science will be chaired by Professor Dario Salvucci and the Department of Information Science will be led by Professor Ellen Bass (updated May 1, 2015). Leading the College’s research initiatives is Professor Ali Shokoufandeh, who will serve as the College’s new senior associate dean of research. Professor Gregory Hislop will direct the College’s undergraduate and graduate academic offerings as the senior associate dean for academic affairs. Rounding out the College’s leadership team are Marie Fazio (as director research operations and faculty support services), Kathy Funk (as chief operating officer) and Lynne Hickle (as assistant dean of student affairs).

“The genesis of our College has created the opportunity to make CCI the epicenter of computing and information sciences education and research at Drexel University, and a model for other aspiring colleges of computing and information sciences worldwide,” Mancoridis said. “The quality of our students, faculty, professional staff, management team and alumni gives me confidence that this interim period will result in significant strides toward fulfilling the enormous potential of our new College.”

A Drexel faculty member since 1996, Mancoridis has held several administrative roles at the University, including senior associate dean of computing, and as interim department head of the Department of Computer Science (formerly of the College of Engineering). He earned a bachelor of computer science with honors from Acadia University, and both a master of science and doctor of philosophy in computer science from the University of Toronto.

Mancoridis is the recipient of the National Science Foundation’s 1998 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. He has authored or co-authored more than 70 refereed technical publications. In 2008, Mancoridis was recognized with an Outstanding Researcher Award from the College of Engineering. His expertise includes software security and, in particular, malware detection and classification, reverse engineering, software clustering and genetic algorithms.