Ronald Larsen is the Dean of the School of Information Sciences (SIS) at the University of Pittsburgh. Before joining the University of Pittsburgh, Ron held positions at the University of Maryland, where he led a consortium of ten universities expanding computer science, information science, and telecommunications programs. In the late 1990s, he was the Assistant Director at DARPA, overseeing research in digital libraries and cross-lingual information use. Dr. Larsen holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Maryland, an M.S. in applied physics from the Catholic University of America, and a B.S. in engineering sciences from Purdue University.