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Patrick Wolfe

Provost Patrick J. Wolfe

Prior to his current role as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Diversity, Patrick J. Wolfe served Purdue as the Frederick L. Hovde Dean of the College of Science and the Miller Family Professor of Statistics and Computer Science with faculty appointments in electrical and computer engineering. A native of the Midwest, Provost Wolfe is a 1998 graduate of the University of Illinois with degrees in electrical engineering and music and a 2003 doctorate from the University of Cambridge. Provost Wolfe specializes in the mathematical foundations of data science. After teaching at Cambridge and Harvard, he joined the faculty of University College London (UCL) in 2012, where he became the founding executive director of its Big Data Institute. He is currently a trustee and non-executive director of the Alan Turing Institute, the United Kingdom’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence. He has received research awards from the Royal Society, the Acoustical Society of America, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He was named the inaugural IEEE Distinguished Lecturer in Data Science. A past recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the White House while at Harvard, Provost Wolfe provides expert advice on applications of data science to a range of national and international entities and organizations.

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