The Case School of Engineering has announced the appointment of Z. Meral Ozsoyoglu as chair of the department of electrical engineering and computer science (EECS) at Case Western Reserve University. Ozsoyoglu also serves as the Andrew R. Jennings Chair of the Computing Sciences. Ozsoyoglu is the first female chair of an engineering department in the university's history.
Ozsoyoglu received her doctorate in computer science from the University of Alberta, Canada, arriving at Case in 1980. She was promoted to associate professor and awarded tenure in 1986 and promoted to full professor in 1992. From 2002 to 2003, she served as associate chair for computer science in the EECS.
She succeeds Norman C. Tien, who in February was named dean of the Case School of Engineering. Tien is confident his replacement will be a success.
"Meral has a great deal of institutional knowledge, but she's not afraid to take some chances and tackle new challenges," Tien said. "I'm confident she'll be a strong leader for the department as it continues to grow."
Ozsoyoglu's primary research is in the areas of query languages and query processing, data models, index structures in object oriented databases, multimedia databases and temporal databases. She has recently been working in bioinformatics.
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