Prasad Tetali Named Regents Professor

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EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was adapted for the College of Sciences from the original written for the College of Computing by Ben Snedeker

During its October meeting in Macon, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved the appointment of Georgia Tech’s Prasad Tetali as Regents Professor.

Tetali, who began his career at Georgia Tech in 1994, has a joint appointment in the College of Sciences’ School of Mathematics and the College of Computing’s School of Computer Science.

“This is a great honor and I very much appreciate being recognized by my colleagues,” Tetali said. “One does not reach this level in a career alone. I am grateful for all of the incredibly talented and brilliant people that I have been fortunate to work with during my time at Georgia Tech.”

School of Mathematics Chair Rachel Kuske and School of Computer Science Chair Lance Fortnow and nominated Tetali for the appointment.

“Prasad has distinguished himself across research, teaching, and leadership. We do not know how he finds time to do it all, but Prasad is a model citizen in addition to being a prolific and influential researcher and a dedicated teacher and mentor,” the school chairs wrote of Tetali to the nomination committee.

“I extend warm congratulations to Prasad for this outstanding recognition,” said College of Sciences Dean and Sutherland Chair Paul M. Goldbart. “I thank him again for wisely guiding the School of Mathematics when he served as interim chair, before Rachel came on board, and for consistently modeling the qualities of a compassionate academic who shines in all dimensions.”

“This is a richly deserved honor for Prasad, and I’m thrilled for him,” said Zvi Galil, John P. Imlay Jr. Dean of Computing. “In addition to his leadership contributions in the School of Mathematics, he has previously served as director of our Algorithms & Randomness Center and enjoys a sterling reputation among his fellow faculty. On behalf of the entire College of Computing, I extend my warmest congratulations.”

Tetali’s research interests include discrete mathematics, theoretical computer science, probability, and functional analysis.

“In the past few decades, discrete mathematics has received much attention and support from the computer science community, thanks to attempts to understand and classify many useful, everyday optimization problems as computationally easy, tractable, or intractable,” said Tetali in a Q&A published last year.

Tetali served as director of the interdisciplinary Algorithms and Randomness Center from 2011 until 2014. He served as interim chair for the School of Mathematics from April 2015 to December 2016. Tetali assisted the new chair for six months in 2017 in his role as associate chair for research.

Along with Tetali, the Board of Regents appointed two other Georgia Tech Regents Professors during its recent meeting. They are:

  • Marilyn Brown, School of Public Policy
  • Suresh Sitaraman, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering


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