Edward Titlebaum, professor of electrical engineering, has been appointed vice provost for computing. In that role, he will oversee strategic planning and University-wide coordination of informational technology issues. He also will oversee the telecommunications and networking operations that link the University's computers to each other and to the Internet.
While computing -- particularly academic computing -- is decentralized, the growing demand for information-sharing through a common network is a "centralized" University issue of rapidly- growing significance, Provost Phelps noted.
"In general, staying 'current' in computing is a tricky matter, for all the obvious reasons," Phelps said. "I'm pleased to have Ed Titlebaum directing this effort for the University. He brings to the job both excellent professional credentials and a long-standing commitment to helping the University in the areas of networking and telecommunications."
To discuss and consider such issues as network security and policies, and long-distance learning, Titlebaum said he will be establishing an Executive Computing Committee, whose members will be announced shortly.
"I would like to see the University move into the forefront of educational technology, at the same time as it moves into a demand-side environment for information," he said.
A faculty member at Rochester since 1964, Titlebaum's research interests have included radar and sonar signal design, and wireless and cellular communication. He has also conducted research on whale and dolphin echolocation and communications, and helped to create and install some of Strong Memorial Hospital's first ultrasound equipment in the 1970s.
Titlebaum has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on computing and communications, and has chaired a number of the University's technology committees, including the Committee on Networking and Telecommunications in the late 1980s. For a number of years he has been a member of the provost's Academic Computing Executive Committee.