“We are excited to have Carolina in this role. She brings extensive experience with interdisciplinary programs and computational knowledge, a desire to elevate faculty, students, and staff, and of course her intimate knowledge of the institution,” says Jean King, Peterson Family Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.
“I am thrilled by this new opportunity,” Ruiz says. “I have been a computer science professor at WPI for 24 years and during that time I have worked extensively on interdisciplinary teaching, research, and service. I look forward to continuing this work with Dean King. I’m also excited to continue working with students, faculty, and staff from Arts & Sciences and throughout campus on more initiatives to bring teaching and research, and our students' experience and learning, to new heights.”
In addition to being a faculty member in the Computer Science Department, Ruiz is a founder and core member of the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Program, the Data Science Program and the Neuroscience Program at WPI. Ruiz is also a core member of the WPI Healthcare Delivery Institute (HDI) and the WPI Center for Project-Based Learning.
Together with her graduate and undergraduate students, Ruiz has worked on numerous interdisciplinary research projects with clinicians from the University of Massachusetts Medical School on developing and using machine learning algorithms over clinical and behavioral patient data.
Ruiz received a bachelor of science degree in both computer science and mathematical sciences at the Universidad de Los Andes, where she also earned a master’s degree in computer science. She completed her doctorate in computer science at the University of Maryland, College Park.