The University of Pittsburgh hired Rob A. Rutenbar Monday as the first Senior Vice Chancellor for Research, a new position that will oversee and integrate research at Pitt. Rutenbar is a Full Professor of Computer Science, in the Computer Science Department at Pitt.

The search for the job began in October 2016, when Pitt held four town halls to get input on hiring for the new job. During this process, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said the right candidate would be someone who can work effectively in bureaucracy and promote collaboration.

Rutenbar, an entrepreneur who specializes in computer science, will manage the University’s Center for Research Computing, the Innovation Institute, the Office of Research and other departments with the goal of creating and implementing a “long-term plan for research infrastructure,” according to a press release.

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