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Davide Bolchini named executive associate dean at Luddy School in Indianapolis

Following a national search, Davide Bolchini has been selected as the executive associate dean in the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering in Indianapolis and will begin his appointment on July 1. He is currently chair of the Department of Human-Centered Computing at the school and a professor of human-computer interaction.

Davide Balchini “I’m looking so forward to partnering with Davide in this new capacity,” said Joanna Millunchick, dean of the Luddy School. “His 15 years of experience with the Luddy School and our campus in Indianapolis, as well as his unique combination of vision and appreciation for our legacy, have made him the clear choice to move our school to its next chapter.”

Bolchini received his licentiate and Ph.D. in communication sciences from the University of Lugano, Switzerland. Before joining Indiana University in 2008, he was visiting senior research fellow in England at University College London on a Swiss National Science Foundation Fellowship for Advanced Researchers. He previously held a post-doctoral research and teaching position at the University of Lugano in Switzerland, lecturing appointments at the Politecnico di Milano in Italy, and visiting research positions at North Carolina State University and at the University of Toronto.

His research interests include modeling requirements for data-intensive interactive applications, interaction design languages, usability evaluation methods, health care user interfaces and accessible computing for the visually impaired. Bolchini has contributed to more than 120 peer-reviewed publications and has received more than $3.2 million in grant funding from the NSF and Google.

”I’m proud of the tremendous impact of our school, especially over the past decade, as we’ve developed cutting-edge academic programs, conducted world-class research and helped our students prepare for in-demand careers,” Bolchini said. “I’m excited to take on this new role and work with my colleagues to harness the energy, momentum and strategic vision surrounding the launch of IU Indianapolis and, together, take our school to new heights at this important and historic time.”

In his new role, Bolchini will lead a student body of 1,745 undergraduate and graduate students and 54 full-time faculty at Luddy Indianapolis. The school is an integral part of IU 2030, Indiana University’s strategic plan, and the establishment of the Science and Technology Corridor on the campus.

Joanne Lovrinic is communications and marketing manager in the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering.