Bojan Cukic has been named dean for the College of Computing and Informatics, effective Dec. 1. Cukic has served UNC Charlotte for eight years, most recently as interim dean of the College of Computing and Informatics.
“As a dynamic, collaborative leader and a prolific researcher, Dr. Cukic is well-positioned to continue developing and advancing the College of Computing and Informatics, the largest computing college in the state,” said Provost Joan Lorden.
Cukic joined Charlotte in 2014 as the chair of the Department of Computer Science during a time of significant growth. Within five years, the undergraduate and graduate enrollment in the department nearly doubled, and research funding increased by 50 percent.
He has held many leadership roles during his tenure at UNC Charlotte. In 2018, Cukic served as the interim executive director of the University-wide Data Science Initiative. In this role, he led the faculty committee that created the curriculum for the bachelor’s degree program in data science. The addition of the Bachelor of Science in Data Science, as well as the steps taken to reorganize DSI staff and formalize faculty participation, contributed to the initiative's transformation into the School of Data Science in 2020. Since 2019, Cukic has served as the associate dean for undergraduate programs and student success in CCI.
In addition, Cukic served as the director and a deputy director of two NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers. He also co-founded NexID Biometrics LLC, the company that commercialized anti-spoofing solutions for biometric systems.
Cukic completed a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Houston. His research interests include software engineering with an emphasis on verification and validation, resilient computing, authentication systems and biometrics. He has had an extensive research career with more than 250 peer reviewed publications.
A National Science Foundation Career Award recipient in 2002, Cukic has received research awards from NASA, the Office of Naval Research, Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security and commercial companies. His research was recognized with the Tycho Brahe Award and an Outstanding Project Award from NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance.