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Timothy Pinkston Named Senior Associate Dean

Returned from a 2-year NSF Directorship, a longtime Viterbi veteran assumes new duties
Eric Mankin
September 01, 2009 —

Dean Yannis C. Yortsos has appointed an EE professor with more than 16 years of tenure at the Viterbi School to the School's leadership group.

Timothy Pinkston's new mission: to recruit and retain.
Professor Timothy Pinkston will serve as Senior Associate Dean of Engineering with his primary portfolio the enhancement of faculty and student recruitment and retention efforts across the school.

"Appointing Timothy to the school's leadership team reaffirms our commitment to continuously building a strong and diverse body of outstanding faculty and students," said Yortsos, announcing the posting.

"By casting a wide net and taking proactive steps to compete at the highest levels, we will identify and attract top talent both nationally and internationally to continue to improve the quality and diversity of our faculty and student body," said Pinkston.

Pinkston's recent career took him away from the Viterbi School's Ming Hsieh department for an extended leave. From January of 2006 until December of 2008, he served as a Program Director in the Directorate for Computer & Information Science and Engineering (CISE) at the National Science Foundation (NSF), where he managed an award portfolio of approximately $10 million (FY’07) for CISE’s Computer Systems Architecture program and $40 million (FY’08) for CISE’s flagship Expeditions in Computing program in its inaugural year.

While at NSF, Dr. Pinkston served on a number of task forces and working groups, including CISE’s Strategic Planning Committee for Broadening Participation in Computing.

'Since returning from the NSF," he said, "I've been on sabbatical completing on-going projects and laying the groundwork for new research activities in the increasingly important area of computer systems interconnect architecture."

Prior to his NSF appointment, he served on the university’s Task Force on Graduate Education and chaired the Dean’s Ad Hoc Committee to Promote Diversity in Viterbi’s Graduate Programs. From September of 2003 to December of 2005, he served as the director of EE’s Computer Engineering Division, and in 2004 and 2005 as Chair of the Engineering Faculty Council.
Pinkston has published more than 100 technical articles and book chapters on topics related to computer systems architecture. He has served on editorial and organizing committees of prestigious journals and conferences, including IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Computer Architecture, IEEE International Symposium on High Performance Computer Architecture, and IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium.

A IEEE fellow with a Ph.D. from Stanford, Pinkston has served on the Viterbi School’s faculty for 16 years.

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