Written by: Stephen Hsu
Primary Post: Information Processing
At Oregon I was part of an interdisciplinary institute that included theoretical physicists and chemists, mathematicians, and computer scientists. We tried to create a program (not even a new department, just an interdisciplinary program) in applied math and computation, but failed due to lack of support from higher administration. When I arrived at MSU as VPR I learned that the faculty here had formulated a similar plan for a new department. Together with the Engineering dean and the Natural Sciences dean we pushed it through and created an entirely new department in just a few years. This new department already has a research ranking among the top 10 in the US (according to Academic Analytics).