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Drineas and Kate selected as University Faculty Scholars


Petros Drineas, Professor of Computer Science and Associate Department Head, and Aniket Kate, Associate Professor of Computer Science

Professors Petros Drineas and Aniket Kate 


Congratulations to the newly selected University Faculty Scholars

Petros Drineas, Professor of Computer Science and Associate Department Head, and Aniket Kate, Associate Professor of Computer Science, were selected as University Faculty Scholars by the Office of the Provost.

The University Faculty Scholars Program recognizes outstanding faculty members who are on an accelerated path for academic distinction. Recipients of this honor have the rank of tenured associate or full professor and have been in that rank for no more than five years. Faculty scholars are nominated by their academic areas, reviewed by a committee in the College of Science, and approved by the provost. Faculty Scholars are appointed for a five-year term and receive an annual $10,000 discretionary allocation to support their research. The program was created in 1998. Professors Drineas an Kate will begin their five-year term on July 1, 2023.

Professor Drineas is known for his contributions to the theory of data science and the development of Randomized Numerical Linear Algebra (RandNLA). He received his PhD in Computer Science from Yale University in 2003. His research interests lie in the design and analysis of randomized algorithms for linear algebraic problems, as well as their applications to the analysis of modern, massive datasets. In a 2012 paper, he introduced CUR matrix approximation for improved big data analysis. Drineas' work on the application of principle component analysis to population genetics disproved the long-standing hypothesis that the Minoan civilization had North African origins. 

Professor Kate works in the area of applied cryptography and privacy research. His work builds on and expands applied cryptography, distributed computing, and data-driven analysis to solve security/privacy problems in decentralized environments. His current projects focus on communication freedom and distributed ledgers (or blockchains). He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award in 2019. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, Germany. Kate received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, Canada in 2010 and joined Purdue Computer Science in the fall of 2015.

Current Faculty Scholars

  • David Gleich: 2022-2027
  • Jennifer Neville: 2020-2025

Past Faculty Scholars



Ananth Grama


Walid Aref


Ninghui Li


Zhiyuan Li


Suresh Jagannathan


Sunil Prabhakar


Dongyan Xu


Daisuke Kihara


Xiangyu Zhang


Sonia Fahmy



About the Department of Computer Science at Purdue University

Founded in 1962, the Department of Computer Science was created to be an innovative base of knowledge in the emerging field of computing as the first degree-awarding program in the United States. The department continues to advance the computer science industry through research. US News & Reports ranks Purdue CS #20 and #16 overall in graduate and undergraduate programs respectively, seventh in cybersecurity, 10th in software engineering, 13th in programming languages, data analytics, and computer systems, and 19th in artificial intelligence. Graduates of the program are able to solve complex and challenging problems in many fields. Our consistent success in an ever-changing landscape is reflected in the record undergraduate enrollment, increased faculty hiring, innovative research projects, and the creation of new academic programs. The increasing centrality of computer science in academic disciplines and society, and new research activities - centered around data science, artificial intelligence, programming languages, theoretical computer science, machine learning, and cybersecurity - are the future focus of the department. cs.purdue.edu

Writer: Emily Kinsell, emily@purdue.edu 

Last Updated: Nov 1, 2023 11:17 AM

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