PROVIDENCE — Ravi Pendse, currently vice president for information technology and chief information officer at Wichita State University, has been named Brown University’s vice president for computing and information services and chief information officer, Brown said Thursday.
He will begin his tenure at Brown on Sept. 1, succeeding Michael Pickett.
Pendse is also a tenured, full professor in the department of electrical engineering and computer science at Wichita State, where he has won awards for teaching excellence, said a Brown University release.
“Ravi Pendse has devoted his career to understanding information technologies and to envisioning how they might best be shaped to support research, instruction and campus life,” Mark Schlissel, provost at Brown, said in a statement. He noted that “robust and evolving IT capabilities” will play a critical role in the university’s new strategic plan.
At Brown, Pendse will head a staff that helps provide IT services on campus and builds strategies for new technologies. These responsibilities entail a wide range of services, such as user support and training for the campus community; instructional and academic technologies; network operations, including WiFi, mobile computing and accounts management; business continuity and IT disaster preparedness, said the release.
Pendse will serve as a member of President Christina Paxson’s cabinet and the executive committee.
“On a campus where exceptional students study and work with highly accomplished faculty, a forward-thinking IT operation can catalyze new ideas, new techniques and discoveries across and within the disciplines,” Pendse said in prepared remarks. “I am excited by this opportunity at Brown and am eager to begin.”
Pendse also said that he has noticed “a significant opportunity to support technology-enabled economic innovations that would benefit the region.”
At Wichita State, some of the most notable initiatives Pendse led as VP for information technology and chief information officer included making the campus 100 percent wireless in Aug. 2007, developing IT-equipped classrooms that featured lecture capture and other media and achieving “greater efficiency in an era of tight budgets,” Brown University reported.
In addition to these duties, Pendse has served as associate provost and interim dean of university libraries at Wichita State.
Pendse earned his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering in 1982 from Osmania University in India. He received a master’s degree in 1985 and PhD in 1994, both in electrical engineering, at Wichita State. His research programs have attracted nearly $22 million in support, and he has presented more than 140 papers at conferences and in peer-reviewed journals, Brown noted in its release.