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Dr. Desh Ranjan
Chair, Computer Science Department
Old Dominion University


Desh Ranjan joined as the Chair of the Computer Science Department in fall of 2009. Desh received his Bachelors. degree in computer science from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (India). He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University under the tutelage of Turing Award winner Prof. Juris Hartmanis in 1990 and 1992 respectively. He also spent a year (1992-93) at Max Planck Institut as a postdoctoral fellow working with Leibniz Prize winner Prof. Kurt Mehlhorn.

Prior to joining Old Dominion University, Desh spent sixteen years at New Mexico State University as an Assistant (1993-1999), Associate (1999-2004) and Full Professor(2004-2009). He served as the Chair of the Computer Science Department from 2004-2009. At New Mexico State University, Desh also founded and directed the NMSU Center for Bioinformatics which was supported by National Science Foundation through a multi-year multi-million dollar grant. Desh received the "millionaire researcher" award at NMSU in 2008 and 2009 as well as the University wide award for distinguished research career in 2008.

Desh's research interests are in algorithm design and implementation, bioinformatics and computational complexity. He has published numerous papers in international journals and conferences. He has been a PI or a co-PI for external research grants totaling more than 15 million dollars. He is very interested in designing and implementing efficient sequential and parallel algorithms to solve challenging computational problems arising from research in life sciences. He is also interested in theoretical computer science research. In particular, he is interested in determining the inherent computational complexity of solving problems.

Desh is an enthusiastic and regular badminton player. He is also an avid follower (and an occasional player) of cricket and chess.

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