Pontelli named College of Arts and Sciences dean

Enrico Pontelli, a New Mexico State University Regents Professor with nearly two decades of service to the university, was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in May. 

Pontelli was an interim associate dean in the college for two years prior to being named interim dean in 2016. He served as head of the Department of Computer Science for five years and is also an alumnus, earning his Ph.D. in computer science from NMSU in 1997. 

“I am a proud Aggie,” Pontelli says. “This institution has given a lot to me, and the reason I want to do this is to give back to NMSU. The college is strong and has incredible faculty and staff. I have started a number of initiatives that I want to continue.” 

Community outreach is important to Pontelli. He is the founder of the university’s Young Women in Computing program, which has reached more than 14,000 students and raised the visibility of NMSU in the computer science education community. 

Pontelli’s research interests are in the general area of artificial intelligence, high performance computing, assistive technologies and bioinformatics. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed papers in international venues and secured more than $14 million in funding for his research. 

Minerva Baumann ’13