Andrew Christlieb named Academic Leadership Program Fellow

Published July 17, 2017

Andrew Christlieb was recently named a 2017-18 Fellow in the Academic Leadership Program of the Big Ten Academic Allliance.

Andrew Christlieb, chair of the Michigan State University Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering (CMSE) and an MSU Foundation Professor, is among five MSU faculty members and academic administrators recently named 2017-18 Fellows in the Academic Leadership Program (ALP) of the Big Ten Academic Alliance.

The ALP provides intensive leadership and managerial development, addressing the challenges of academic administration at major research universities, such as tightening budgets, changing student populations and increasing pressures from external sources. Many of the program’s nearly 1,000 fellows have gone on to serve as college presidents, provosts and deans. 

“Professor Christlieb is an outstanding computational mathematician and, as founding chair, has played a leading role in building the CMSE department,” said R. James Kirkpatrick, MSU College of Natural Science (NatSci) dean. “Having him participate in the Academic Leadership Program will be a great benefit to Michigan State and to the development of the unique interdisciplinary programs that CMSE is leading.”

Since 2004, Christlieb has worked at the Air Force Research Laboratory on the development of new methods for particle simulations of plasmas, winning the Air Force Young Investigator Award in 2007 for his work. From 2008-2012, Christlieb worked with the directed energy group at Kirtland Air Force Base under an Intergovernmental Personnel Act agreement. He was promoted to associate professor in 2010, to professor in 2014, and was named an MSU Foundation Professor and CMSE department chair in 2015.

Christlieb views CMSE, a relatively new department at MSU, as a world-leading effort in defining the role of computing and data science to be considered as a fundamental discipline in scientific discovery from personalized medicine through understanding the origins of matter itself. His role as chair of the department is to foster collaboration among faculty from nine traditional disciplines all focused on the science of computing. The department is jointly administered by NatSci and the College of Engineering.

Christlieb said he is honored to be recognized as an ALP fellow.

“Being an ALP fellow provides me with an invaluable opportunity for growing my leadership skills and making connections to other academic leaders,” said Christlieb, who also holds appointments in NatSci’s Department of Mathematics and the College of Engineering’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “It provides me with the opportunity to learn from my peers, and pose challenging questions to them, regarding addressing issues of diversity, growth and mentorship of junior and mid-career faculty. I am truly excited about this important opportunity, as it will help me and the new department grow.”        

During the 2017-18 academic year, the MSU ALP Fellows will visit three Big Ten Academic Alliance universities. In addition, they will meet with campus and community leaders of their choosing, to complement their knowledge of policy and institutional organization with local insights and contacts.

For a complete list of MSU ALP Fellows, visit MSU Today.