Professor and Dean Emeritus Ronald L. Larsen retired at the end of July
On July 31, Ronald L. Larsen, professor and dean emeritus, retired from the School of Computing and Information.
Friends, family, and colleagues gathered in the Information Sciences building on July 20 for a Farewell Luncheon event to thank Ron for his numerous contributions to both Pitt and the field of information science. Speakers included Patrick Gallagher, Pitt Chancellor; Paul Cohen, Dean and professor; Daqing He, professor; and Wesley Lipschultz, Director of Student Services. Each shared thoughtful stories and well-wishes for Ron and his family.
Ron served as dean of the School of Information Sciences (SIS) from 2002—2017. During this time, he transformed SIS into a unified school and increased its reputation. He also played a vital role in the School’s transition to the School of Computing and Information.
Prior to joining SIS, he held both academic and administrative positions at the University of Maryland. Ron also served as assistant director of the Information Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he led research programs in digital libraries, information management, and cross-lingual information utilization.
Ron played an integral role in the creation of the iSchools consortium, an international organization of more than 70 universities that is committed to the intersection of people, information, and technology.
He received his BS in Engineering Sciences from Purdue University in 1968; his MS in Applied Physics from the Catholic University of America in 1971; and his PhD in computer science from the University of Maryland in 1981.
Please join us in thanking Ron for his tremendous contributions to the School and wishing him the best of luck in the future!