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Lindquist Named Interim Dean for College of Technology and Innovation

May 26, 2006
MESA, Ariz. — Arizona State University announced the appointment of Timothy Lindquist as interim dean of the College of Technology and Innovation at ASU's Polytechnic campus, effective July 1, 2006. Lindquist will be replacing Albert McHenry, who was named interim vice president of ASU and provost of the Polytechnic campus May 4.

Since 2003, Lindquist has been an associate dean and director of the Division of Computing Studies in the college. He was instrumental in creating the division on the campus and building a faculty and program that is well respected by industry.

Part of the five-year plan for the College of Technology and Innovation, formerly the College of Technology and Innovation, is to serve as the math, science, engineering and technology center for the campus.

"I am confident that Tim will lead the college through a successful transition," said McHenry.

The Arizona Board of Regents recently approved the college's name change, and the Department of Applied Biological Sciences's move from School of Applied Arts & Sciences to the College of Technology and Innovation as part of the college's transformation.

"The Polytechnic five-year plan calls for aggressive changes for the college," said Lindquist. "It’s a significant opportunity to build on past accomplishments while advancing the college's excellence, access and impact."

During Lindquist’s more than 20 years with ASU, he has held faculty and administrative positions of increasing responsibility at the Tempe and Polytechnic campuses. He came to the Polytechnic campus in 2000 to chair the Department of Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology before creating the separate division devoted to computing studies.

"My service in different colleges on multiple campuses has provided rich exposure to engineering and computing technologies, as well as administrative processes," said Lindquist. "My professional background serves as a broad basis for advancing the College of Technology and Innovation, both inside and outside the university."

A national search for a permanent dean is planned for the coming year.


In addition to his administrator and educator roles, Lindquist has conducted research in various aspects of software frameworks, distributed process centered tools and human computer interactions. His service on a NATO technical team in the area of software frameworks, resulted in a proposed international software interface standard. He also served on a technical team sponsored by the Department of Defense addressing specifications and evaluation of software interfaces and tools.

In addition to academic experience, he has industry experience. Early in his professional career he worked for the General Electric Company as a software engineer and later as a system manager.

Lindquist is well published in professional and academic journals and has presented papers at several conferences. For his teaching efforts, he was recognized as Professor of the Year in 2003 through the Corporate Leaders program at ASU.

He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery and the American Society for Engineering Education, and is a past member of IEEE Computer Society.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in math/computer science from Purdue University and his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from Iowa State University.