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Peterson Officially Takes Over as Department Head

Greg PetersonProfessor Greg Peterson has been selected to take over as department head of the Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, where he has served as interim department head since August 1.

“We’re pleased to be able to remove the interim label from Dr. Peterson’s title,” said Tickle College of Engineering Interim Dean Mark Dean. “He is someone very familiar to the people of the department, having been a faculty member for nearly 20 years, and will provide a smooth transition.”

Peterson has served in a number of leadership roles, including as a US Air Force captain at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Research Laboratory, as deputy director of the UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Computational Sciences, and as director of UT’s National Institute for Computational Sciences.

He began serving as interim department head when Min H. Kao Professor Leon Tolbert returned to the department’s faculty after having served as head since January 2013.

Peterson earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in both electrical engineering and computer science, and a doctoral degree in electrical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1990, ’92, and ’94, respectively.

At UT, his many varied research interests have included high performance computing, performance evaluation, digital systems, and computational science and engineering.

“I’m very honored to have been chosen to be the leader of the department where I’ve worked for the last two decades,” said Peterson. “I look forward to continuing the momentum our department has built and help facilitate the key research we have.”

He is a senior member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Accellera/VHDL International Users’ Forum, and the Society for Computer Simulation.


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