Kumar Named University of Minnesota Regents Professor

Vipin Kumar
June 17, 2015

Excerpt from The University News Service’s article, “Three named University of Minnesota Regents Professors

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents has named R. Lawrence Edwards, Vipin Kumar and Michael Osterholm Regents Professors. The designation is the highest level of recognition given to faculty by the University.

"These three professors exemplify the qualities of teaching, research and scholarship that this honor requires,” said University President Eric Kaler. "Pioneers in their respective disciplines, each have made field-shaping discoveries that benefit Minnesotans, the nation and the world.”

William Norris Professor and Department Head Vipin Kumar is world renowned for his work in high performance computing and scientific data mining. He has played a pioneering role in bringing Big Data and earth science together to address one of the grand challenges of our times —understanding the impact of human induced changes on the earth system and its environment.

The groundbreaking use of automated knowledge discovery methods to analyze massive amounts of data is expected to produce essential information for changing international policy regarding climate change. His work is used in a range of applications including computer chip design, customer segmentation, social network analysis, and storing large geographic data sets for easy access.

Kumar has served as a mentor and adviser to 33 Ph.D. graduates and more than 50 BS and MS graduates, many of whom are already leaders in the field at top academic institutions and industry labs. In his honor, former student, Jeff Dean, Senior Google Fellow, established a $500,000 endowed scholarship fund to support undergraduate education.

Over three decades, Kumar has earned over $80 million in grants, authored more than 300 research articles and co-edited or co-authored 11 books. Many of his papers and books are among the most highly cited articles on the topic, with over 60,000 citations on Google Scholar. His honors include Fellow of the American Association for Advancement for Science, Association for Computing Machinery and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

The Regents Professorship was established in 1965 by the Board of Regents to recognize the national and international prominence of faculty members. It serves as the highest recognition for faculty who have made unique contributions to the quality of the University of Minnesota through exceptional accomplishments in teaching, research and scholarship or creative work and contributions to the public good. The addition of Edwards, Kumar and Osterholm increases the total number of current Regents Professorships to 29.

Please visit The University News Service’s full article to learn more about the professorship and professors R. Lawrence Edwards and Michael Osterholm.

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