Dean, College of Engineering & Technology, Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics
Virginia State University
Dr. Dawit Haile is a professor of Computer Science and Mathematics and currently serving as a Dean for the College of Engineering and Technology and Interim Dean for the College of Natural and Health Sciences at Virginia State University. He has more than 20 years of industry and academic experience including previous appointments at Xavier University and Southern Illinois University. As chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Virginia State University, he led the development of undergraduate and graduate programs in computer science and help to establish the department’s research capabilities in the areas of machine learning, data mining and cyber security. He received a VSU Bank of America Outstanding Faculty award in 2007 in recognition to his excellent contributions in the areas of teaching, research and service. His research and teaching interests includes combinatorics, graph theory, discrete wavelet transformations and image compression, efficient routing in ad-hoc wireless networks, cluster based routing using k-tree, and data-mining. He has published a number of journal and conference articles and received more than $18M in grant awards.
Dr. Haile is Virginia State University’s representative to the Board of Directors of the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing. He serves on the Board of Directors and as a treasurer for the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Logistics Systems. Dr. Haile was reappointed by the Governor as a member of the Commonwealth’s Manufacturing Development Commission to serve a second term of four years commencing July 1, 2021. He has been a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, American Mathematical Society, Mathematical Association of America (MAA), and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. He had served as a member of a Committee of the MAA on Minority Participation in Mathematics. He serves on an advisory board for the Commonwealth Data Internship Program. He also serve on the Board of the Southeastern Universities Research Association Coastal and Environmental Research Committee.
Dr. Haile earned a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Southern Illinois University, a master’s degree in Computer Science from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a master’s degree in Mathematics from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. He currently resides in Chester, Virginia with his wife and two children.