Robert B. Schnabel

Professor of Computer Science and Informatics

Bobby Schnabel is Dean of the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University. In this position he leads a multi-campus school of nearly 150 faculty members and 3000 students at the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses, including undergraduate and graduate programs in computer science and informatics at Bloomington and informatics at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, and graduate programs in information science and library science at Bloomington and library science at IUPUI. He is a Professor of computer science and informatics at IU Bloomington. From 2009-2010 he also served as interim IU vice president for research.

Prior to beginning this position in July 2007, Dr. Schnabel served as Vice Provost for Academic and Campus Technology and Chief Information Officer at the University of Colorado at Boulder from 1998-2007. He also served as founding director of the Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society (ATLAS), a campus-wide institute that serves as a catalyst for multidisciplinary curricular, research and outreach activities involving the content and tools of information technology, from 1997-2007. He was on the faculty of the University of Colorado at Boulder from 1977-2007, also serving as chair of the Department of Computer Science from 1990 to 1995, and as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering and Applied Science from 1995 to 1997.

Dr. Schnabel’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of scientific and parallel computation, including applications to molecular chemistry problems. He is the author of over 100 technical papers and has given over 50 invited conference presentations. He has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on nearly $60M in research funding from the National Science Foundation, the Army Research Office, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and other organizations. Currently he serves as chair of the ACM Education Policy Committee, as chair of the advisory committee for the Computing Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institutions, on the advisory committee of the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, and on the boards of, the Kinsey Institute, the IU Research and Technology Corporation, MentorNet, and TechPoint. Prior roles include serving as editor-in-chief of the flagship journal of the Society for Applied and Industrial Mathematics, SIAM Review; as a member of the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association; as chair of the Information Technology Deans group of CRA; and as founding co-PI of the Alliance for the Advancement of African-American Researchers in Computing. He is a co-founder and executive team member of the National Center for Women & Information Technology, a co-recipient of the Computing Research Association’s Nico Habermann award, and has been named a White House Champion of Change. He is a fellow of ACM and of SIAM.

Dr. Schnabel received the B.A. degree in mathematics from Dartmouth College in 1971, summa cum laude, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from Cornell University in 1975 and 1977, respectively.