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Yi Deng, Ph.D.

Dean and Isaac L. Auerbach Professor, College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University

Dr. Deng is a first-time Board nominee. He is leading the transformation of Drexel’s College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) into a pacesetter in reshaping computing and informatics education and research in today’s information and technology-driven economy.

Under his leadership, CCI has become the fastest growing college at the university, with 35% growth in enrollment in only three years. The college has also launched an array of new initiatives to transform its academic programs, research, diversity, industry and international partnerships.

Dr. Deng came to Drexel in 2016 after a seven-year tenure as dean of the College of Computing and Informatics at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where his leadership helped to transform the college, leading to dramatic growth in academic programming, enrollment, research and funding. His leadership also helped to shape the university’s strategic priorities and established the college as a powerhouse in the region’s economic development. Prior to his post at UNC Charlotte, Dr. Deng served as professor and dean at the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University He has authored or co-authored more than 100 research papers in peer-reviewed journals and proceedings and has been awarded more than $21 million in research funding as a principal or co-principal investigator. Dr. Deng has founded or directed four research centers, and he spearheaded and led several large-scale, interdisciplinary and/or international partnerships in research and development, in education and talent development, in societal problem solving and economic development.

He received his MSc and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Science & Technology from the University of Science and Technology of China.