Michael L. Raymer, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, has been appointed interim dean of the Wright State University College of Engineering and Computer Science, effective August 16.
He will replace Dean Brian Rigling, Ph.D., who left Wright State for a position at another university.
Rigling has been an integral member of the Wright State community since he joined the faculty in the Department of Electrical Engineering in 2004.
He served as dean and interim dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science since 2018 and chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering from 2014 to 2018. He was named the Brage Golding Distinguished Professor of Research in 2016.
“Dr. explained Raymer has been an exemplary member of the Wright State community for more than two decades,” said Provost Amy Thompson, Ph.D. “He has excelled in all aspects of his career and is a consistent leader, teacher, and researcher.”
Raymer was appointed chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in 2021 after serving as the department’s assistant chair the previous year.
He previously served as graduate program director in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering from 2015 to 2020 and associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Engineering and Computer Science from 2013 to 2015.
He joined Wright State in 2000 as an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and was promoted to full professor in 2013. He is also a member of the faculty of the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program and the Environmental Science Ph.D. program.
Raymer co-developed Wright State’s undergraduate bioinformatics program, the first program in the country funded by the National Science Foundation.
His research interests include machine learning, deep learning, topological data analysis, dimensionality reduction, feature engineering, and pattern recognition. He has published more than 75 peer-reviewed publications and published one of the first books on bioinformatics.
He has also attracted millions of dollars in research funding and supported many graduate student researchers.
Raymer has received numerous distinctions for his teaching expertise and service to Wright State, including the Trustees’ Award for Faculty Excellence, the Robert J. Kegerreis Distinguished Professor of Teaching Award, the College of Engineering and Computer Science Teaching Award (twice) and the college’s Outstanding Service Award. He also received the Outstanding Engineers and Scientists Award from the Affiliate Societies Council of Dayton.
He serves as a faculty senator and a member of the Research Council and Graduate Council.
He is the co-founder and senior systems engineer of Forensic Bioinformatic Services, Inc., where he explores statistical, biological, and technical issues related to the analysis and interpretation of forensic DNA evidence.
Raymer received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Master of Science in Computer Science from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Colorado State University.