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Carnegie Mellon Reappoints John Lehoczky Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Carnegie Mellon University has appointed John Lehoczky to a second five-year term as dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Carnegie Mellon University has appointed John Lehoczky, the Thomas Lord Professor of Statistics and Mathematical Sciences, to a second five-year term as dean of the university's highly regarded College of Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS).

"John has worked tirelessly and effectively as dean, to the great benefit of the college and the university," said Carnegie Mellon Provost and Senior Vice President Mark Kamlet.

A committee of H&SS faculty appointed by the provost to review Lehoczky's performance unanimously recommended his reappointment. The committee's report described Lehoczky as an excellent administrator who is well-liked and respected by department heads, faculty and staff.

"John Lehoczky's administration of the college is guided by a far-sighted vision of the strategic role of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in the university. He sees the development of humanities and social sciences programs at Carnegie Mellon University as essential if the university is to continue its ascent in the national rankings," the committee wrote in its report.

With about 1,300 students and 200 faculty members, H&SS is the second-largest academic unit at Carnegie Mellon. It includes eight departments — English; History; Modern Languages; Philosophy; Psychology; Social and Decision Sciences; Statistics; and Economics, which is also a part of the Tepper School of Business. The college is also home to the Information Systems program.

"This is a wonderful honor, and I am gratified to be reappointed as dean during this period of great growth and transformation in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences," Lehoczky said. "H&SS exemplifies Carnegie Mellon's tradition of excellence in multidisciplinary education and research, with outstanding faculty who are highly sought-after among our peer institutions, and highly motivated graduate and undergraduate students who have grown stronger every year."

Lehoczky has led H&SS since 2000, first as interim dean before he was appointed to a full five-year term. He has overseen the launch of the college's ambitious Humanities Initiative, a collaborative effort of Carnegie Mellon's humanities departments to produce alumni who have the skills to solve real-world problems, the flexibility to adapt to changing technology and markets, and a respect for intellectual and cultural diversity. The initiative has three main pillars: The Humanities Scholars Program, a four-year interdisciplinary program for select H&SS students; the Humanities Center, a collaborative research center whose goals include strengthening research and teaching in the humanities; and the Center for Arts in Society, a multidisciplinary research and education center sponsored jointly with the College of Fine Arts that brings together scholars from the humanities, social sciences and the arts who are interested in studies of culture and society, and the history and production of the arts. Lehoczky also has been a strong advocate for developing Carnegie Mellon's international programs. While he has been dean, H&SS has launched an interdisciplinary International Relations Program and now offers a major in Chinese.

Lehoczky received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Oberlin College and his master's and doctor's degrees in statistics from Stanford University. He joined the Carnegie Mellon faculty in 1969, was named professor of statistics in 1980, and professor of statistics and mathematics in 1988. Lehoczky was head of the Department of Statistics from 1984 to 1995, and in 1997 was named the Thomas Lord Professor of Statistics and Mathematical Sciences. Lehoczky is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute and a fellow of the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and INFORMS.

Lehoczky is one of the founders of Carnegie Mellon's master's degree program in Computational Finance, a collaborative effort of the Department of Statistics, the Department of Mathematical Sciences in the Mellon College of Science, the Tepper School of Business, and the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management. He continues to serve on the program steering committee and teaches courses in simulation and statistical arbitrage.

In his own research, Lehoczky studies stochastic processes, or random functions, and how they can be used to model real applications. One area of application is real-time computer systems. Working with faculty and graduate students from Carnegie Mellon's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the School of Computer Science, the Software Engineering Institute, and the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems, he has developed methodology that has been adopted by projects ranging from NASA's Space Station and Mars Rover to the GPS Satellite System and F-35 aircraft. Several IEEE computer standards incorporate his work. In 2004 he was awarded the Technical Leadership Award by the IEEE Committee on Real-Time Systems. Lehoczky also conducts research with students and faculty in the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the Tepper School of Business on modeling financial time series and financial instruments, and using simulation methods for pricing financial instruments.

To read a summary of the committee's report, see

Jonathan Potts
May 21, 2006

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