Jeannette M. Wing will serve as the next Executive Vice President for Research, responsible for managing Columbia University’s research activities across its New York campuses and abroad, effective September 1, 2021. Wing is currently the Avanessians Director of the Data Science Institute (DSI) and Professor of Computer Science.

Wing came to Columbia in 2017, after having worked at Microsoft, Carnegie Mellon University, and the National Science Foundation, to lead DSI, where she and her team have embraced the power of data science to transform the University’s teaching and research capacities. Under her leadership, DSI has supported important research initiatives such as personalized medicine, understanding the impacts of climate change, and advancing the next generation of wireless technologies. DSI has also established interdisciplinary research and educational programs for faculty and students, encouraged the growth of and access to real-world datasets, and supported large-scale studies of COVID-19 treatments. 

Wing has also been involved personally in recruiting new faculty and building collaborations within and beyond the University. Further, in recognition of the racial equity gaps in data science research and education, she and her team have created a Task Force on Racial Equity, launched a Racial Equity Action Plan, and appointed an Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Institute.

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