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Professor of Computer Science Martin Hardwick has been named acting head of the Computer Science Department. Hardwick brings nearly a quarter-century of teaching and research experience at Rensselaer to the new role.

Hardwick joined Rensselaer in 1985 as an assistant professor, coming to Rensselaer from Texas Technological University where he served as assistant professor of computer science. He received both his bachelor’s degree and doctorate from Bristol University in the United Kingdom.

He is the author of numerous papers and articles on engineering database systems and concurrent engineering. He supervised the Model Driven Intelligent Control of Manufacturing program, known as the “Super Model” Project. This program developed STEP-NC, a technology that is being evaluated by the aerospace and automotive industries as the next-generation language for control of manufacturing robots and computers.

Hardwick has also worked on several industrial information infrastructure programs including the DARPA Initiative in Concurrent Engineering (DICE). DICE is working to develop an information technology architecture for people working on a project within government, industry, or academia that will allow them to instantly communicate with each other and access, share, and store up-to-date information in a transient way, unhindered by operating system, geography, or databases.

He is an active teacher and adviser and will continue to actively serve in those roles as acting head of the department.

Hardwick replaces Jeff Trinkle, who is stepping down as head of the department to focus on his robotics research and teaching. Trinkle served as department head for six years. As head of the department, Trinkle initiated Computer Science Day at Rensselaer, offering people around campus the opportunity to see and understand the work within the department. He also developed a faculty mentorship program and helped to hire several new, prominent faculty members, all while maintaining a vigorous research, advising, course development, and teaching schedule.
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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 3, Number 2, February 13, 2009
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