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Dr. William E. Fitzgibbon

Dean of College of Technology
University of Houston

William E. Fitzgibbon, III earned both his BA and PhD degrees from Vanderbilt University in 1968 and 1972 respectively.  He   is currently serving as Dean of the College of Technology of University of Houston and holds professorial rank in both the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Engineering Technology of the University of Houston.  Previously he served as Chair of the Department of the Mathematics, co-Head of the Department of Computer Science and President of the University of Houston Faculty Senate.  Currently he is Dean of the College of Technology of the University of Houston. Over the course of his career he has held faculty positions at the University of California, San Diego and the University of Bordeaux I and the University of Bordeaux II as well as a research position at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois.  His academic discipline is applied mathematics with specialization in mathematical biology (mathematical models in epidemiology and ecology), reactive flow, nonlinear partial differential equations and integro-differential equations.  He has well over 130 research articles plus numerous articles, reviews, and reports and has lectured extensively in North America, Europe and Asia. 

He serves on the Advisory Board of Directors, Houston Technology Center, Board of Advisors, Abramson Family Center for the Future of Health (a cooperative venture of the University of Houston and the Methodist Hospital, and the Technion), the Board of Advisors, Dean and Provost, LPR Publications, Horsham, Pennsylvania, and on the Honorary Editorial Board of Infectious Disease: Research and Treatment: 2008.   He is Vice President of Innovative Computing for Advanced Technology,    Memberships include:  the American Mathematical Society, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Society of Mathematical Biology, the Irish  Mathematical Society, the Keck Center for Computational Biology (a consortium of UH,  Rice, Baylor College of Medicine),  the Houston World Affairs Council, Technology Executive Club Houston, Houston Petroleum Club, Omicron Delta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Beta Delta, Pi Mu Epsilon, and Tau Alpha Pi.


Dr. James Gantt

Chairman of the Board of Directors


Dr. James Gantt became the Director of the Center for Telecommunications Systems Management (CTSM) in February, 2005.  The CTSM is part of the Murray State University Program of Distinction in Telecommunications Systems Management, established in 1999.  The Center focuses on outreach to students, industry, and government agencies. www.murraystate.edu/tsm/ctsm 

He is currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Telecommunication Education and Research Association (ITERA).  ITERA is an organization made up of 17 Universities and Colleges with academic programs in Telecommunications. www.itera.org

Dr. Gantt attended Murray State University and received a Bachelor of Science with honors (Cum Laude) in 1971.  In 1972, he received a Master of Science degree in Computer Science majoring in Operations Research from the University of Missouri at Rolla. 

In 1978, he received an Education Specialist degree in Management from Ball State University.  Moving to Atlanta, Georgia he was employed as an Operations Research Analyst with the Army Institute for Research in Management Information, Communications, and Computer Sciences (AIRMICS).  He was selected to spend the 1981-1982 school year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Fellow in the Center for Advanced Engineering Studies.  He completed his Ph.D in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1989.  In 1998, Dr. Gantt was honored with Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) from Bowie State University.  In 2003 he was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of Murray State University.

When the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) was formed in 1992, he became the Chief of the Software Technology Branch and then the Chief of the Software and Intelligent Systems Division.  In September, 1996, he became the acting Director of the Information Science and Technology (IS&T) Directorate.  He was selected to become a member of the Senior Executive Service and Director of IS&T in June, 1998.  Between May, 2000 and December, 2004 Dr. Gantt served as the Deputy Director and then Director of ARL’s Computational and Information Sciences Directorate.  As Director he was responsible for conducting research for the Army in Computational, Computer, Communications, and Atmospheric Sciences research.  He directed a yearly budget of approximately $175M and managed 350 government employees and 450 on-site contractors.   From July, 2003 to December, 2004 Dr. Gantt also served as the Chief Information Officer of ARL.



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