CSE Seminar

Excellence at scale: Computer Science & Engineering at big public universities

Petros DrineasAssociate Head, Department of Computer SciencePurdue University
3725 Beyster BuildingMap


Computer Science & Engineering departments have witnessed massive growth over the past decade, driven by significant progress in all areas of computing, increased student interest, and strong market demand. This unprecedented phenomenon has created unique opportunities and challenges in order to ensure that the resulting growth in students, faculty, and staff does not compromise research and educational excellence. In this talk, I will discuss how my research, teaching, and leadership experiences have shaped my vision in achieving excellence at scale in today’s landscape for our field.


Petros Drineas is a Professor and Associate Head at the Computer Science Department of Purdue University. He earned a PhD in Computer Science from Yale University in 2003 and a BS in Computer Engineering and Informatics from the University of Patras, Greece, in 1997. His work has fundamentally contributed to the development of Randomization in Numerical Linear Algebra (RandNLA). He has also worked on applications of RandNLA to Data Science, with a particular focus on genomic data. Drineas was elected a SIAM Fellow in 2023; was named a Purdue University Faculty Scholar in 2022; and is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award and an IBM Academic award. He was a Visiting Professor at the US Sandia National Laboratories during the fall of 2005, a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles in the fall of 2007, and a long-term visitor at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at the University of California Berkeley in the fall of 2013. From October 2010 to December 2011, he served the US National Science Foundation as a Program Director in the Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS) Division and the Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) Division. Drineas has published over 140 papers (cited approx. 14K times) in theoretical computer science, applied mathematics, and genetics venues, including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PLOS Genetics, Genome Research, PLoS One, etc. He is an associate editor of the SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications (SIMAX), the SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing (SISC), the Applied and Computational Harmonic Analysis (ACHA) journal, and PLoS One.   Visit https://www.cs.purdue.edu/homes/pdrineas/ for more details.


Cindy Estell

Faculty Host

H. V. Jagadish