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UMD Names Dr. Babak Hamidzadeh Interim Dean of Libraries

May 20, 2015
Contacts: 

Crystal Brown 301-405-4621

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland has appointed Dr. Babak Hamidzadeh as Interim Dean of Libraries. In this role, Dr. Hamidzadeh will work to advance the UMD Libraries' reputation on the regional, national and international stage.

"It is clear from the extraordinary number of personal letters and emails I received nominating Dr. Hamidzadeh for this position that he is highly regarded by his colleagues," says Mary Ann Rankin, UMD's senior vice president and provost. "His more than 20 years of experience and exceptional track record here at UMD make him the perfect candidate for this role. I am certain that he will be an outstanding interim dean." 

Since 2011, Dr. Hamidzadeh has served as Associate Dean for Digital Systems and Stewardship at the UMD Libraries. He is also an affiliate associate professor with the Department of Computer Science and with the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies.

"I am pleased to take on this important leadership role and am gracious for the tremendous support and recognition I have received from my colleagues," says Dr. Hamidzadeh. "I look forward to leading the implementation of our vision for the UMD Libraries designed for the 21st century."

In his time at the University of Maryland, Dr. Hamidzadeh has started several new programs and initiatives, such as Research Data Services, Digital Scholarship and Publishing, Digital Stewardship, Digital Preservation, and Teaching and Research Software Development Services. He has provided technical infrastructure and support to the 16 campuses of the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions’ library consortium, and has been an active member of the consortium's Council of Library Directors. 

Prior to joining the University of Maryland, Dr. Hamidzadeh served as Director of the Repository Development Center at the Library of Congress where for nearly seven years he led a team and a data center that developed and deployed large-­‐scale digital archives and libraries. He has also served in a senior management position with The Boeing Company, and held several faculty positions at the University of British Columbia and University of Science and Technology in Hong Kong.

Dr. Hamidzadeh received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Minnesota.