Parameswaran (Parmesh) Ramanathan appointed as Graduate School associate dean

Parmesh Ramanathan, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, joins the Graduate School on April 3, 2017, as associate dean.

Ramanathan brings twenty-eight years of experience on the faculty at UW-Madison.  He served as department chair from 2005 to 2009 and contributed several years of valued leadership on the Graduate Faculty Executive Committee.

“Parmesh brings extensive experience in campus leadership and a tremendous passion for graduate education to the Graduate School,” states Graduate School Dean William J. Karpus.  “Those important qualities are necessary to enhance our partnership with campus stakeholders as we continue to explore opportunities and develop new graduate programs with an eye toward enhancing our institutional research footprint.”

Ramanathan leads research projects in applications for ultrafast networks, millimeter wave wireless networks, and smart electric grid technologies.  More recently, his research group has started working in the area of genomic networks.  In addition to his appointment in Electrical and Computer Engineering, he is affiliated with the Computer Science Program and the Genome Sciences Training Program.

In his new role as associate dean, Ramanathan will serve on the leadership teams of both the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education.  He will work alongside Associate Dean Lisa Martin, under the leadership of Dean Karpus, and will serve as a member of the Graduate Faculty Executive Committee.

In partnership with the dean, associate deans provide institutional leadership for graduate education across campus.  They administer policies governing graduate education, develop standards and guidelines for student services, and monitor educational outcomes.  Graduate School leadership identifies trends in higher education nationally and evaluates the potential effects of those trends on graduate education at UW-Madison.

This position supervises the Office of Academic Planning and Assessment, the Office of Academic Services, and the Office of Admissions in the Graduate School.

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