Dear colleagues:

We are writing to update you on a leadership transition that has taken place over the Summer in the Institute for Data, Intelligent Systems, and Computation (I-DISC) at Lehigh.

We are pleased to announce that Kate Arrington, a professor of psychology in Lehigh’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), has been appointed as director of I-DISC, having served as an associate director since 2020. She succeeds Larry Snyder, the Harvey E. Wagner Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, who was appointed to the role of deputy provost of faculty affairs over the Summer as well.

Arrington pursues research in cognitive control and attention processes, using behavioral and neuroimaging techniques to address questions related to the structure and function of the cognitive processes underlying human multitask behavior. Notably, Kate is the first CAS faculty member to assume the role of director with one of Lehigh’s Interdisciplinary Research Institutes.

Also effective this Summer, Parv Venkitasubramaniam, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been named as an associate director of I-DISC. Venkitasubramaniam’s research interests are in developing theoretical foundations for privacy in networks, and he directs the Rossin College’s MS in Data Science program. Parv joins I-DISC associate director Mooi Choo Chuah, a professor of computer science and engineering, in leading the institute’s operations.

Please join us in congratulating Kate and Parv on their new roles, and in thanking Larry for his leadership and wishing him well in his new appointment with the university.


Stephen P. DeWeerth
Professor and Dean
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science
Lehigh University

Robert A Flowers II
Herbert J. and Ann L. Siegel Dean
College of Arts and Sciences
Lehigh University