Ron Larsen


Dr. Larsen is the dean of the School of Information Sciences (SIS) at the University of Pittsburgh. The School offers undergraduate and graduate education in Information Science, graduate education in Telecommunications, and graduate education, including a professional degree, in Library and Information Science. Prior to accepting the deanship at SIS, Ron held academic and administrative positions at the University of Maryland, most recently leading a consortium of ten Maryland universities as they expanded their computer science, information science, telecommunications, and related information technology programs to respond to workforce demands.During the late 1990's, Ron served as assistant director of the Information Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he led research programs in digital libraries, information management, and cross-lingual information utilization.Dr. Larsen earned a PhD in computer science from the University of Maryland, following a M.S. in applied physics from the Catholic University of America and a B.S. in engineering sciences from Purdue University.

EDUCAUSE Publications

  • On the Threshold of Cyberscholarship
    • Briefs, Case Studies, Papers, Reports
    • Author

    The widespread availability of digital content creates opportunities for new forms of research and scholarship that are qualitatively different from those represented in traditional scholarly literature.

  • What's in a Name?
    • Article
    • Author

    As colleges and universities attempt to ramp up the security of their computer networks, a common strategy has been to employ dedicated security staff and establish a central IT security office.

EDUCAUSE Presentations