December 11, 2019
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs Gurdip Singh has been named by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a Division Director in their Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering Directorate.
He will oversee the Division of Computer and Network Systems, which has a total annual budget of approximately $230 million and includes programs such as Computer Systems Research, Networking Research, Cyber-Physical Systems, Smart and Connected Communities, Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace, Broadening Participation in Computing Alliances and Computing Research Infrastructure.
“There are a lot of investments being made in unmanned aerial systems, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and network systems which makes it an exciting time to be working at NSF towards our nation’s future,” said Singh. “This is also an opportunity to coordinate efforts between different federal agencies, industry and international partners.”
Singh was named to this position with the NSF after a search committee consisting of leading researchers from academia and industry conducted a national search.
“This is a fantastic and well deserved opportunity for Gurdip,” said Engineering and Computer Science Dean J. Cole Smith. “I’m excited for him and this opportunity to show that Syracuse University is a worldwide leader in current research areas.”
In addition to the current proposal solicitations pertaining to research and education, Singh will also be part of considering proposals focusing on education and workforce development. He will help determine funding requirements, prepare and justify budget estimates, balance program needs and oversee the evaluation of proposals and recommendations for awards and declinations. Awards may be given to provide seed funding to explore a novel educational idea, support a demonstration project, workshops or studies on topics of broad interest to the NSF.
“You get to see all the new ideas that are coming in and help decide on strategic directions for NSF funded research moving forward,” said Singh. “The smart cities initiative, for instance, started this way, and I hope to work with the CISE community to start new initiatives.”
Singh will be on leave from Syracuse University to serve in this role for the NSF starting in March 2020.