Babak Hamidzadeh is the Interim Dean of UMD Libraries and an affiliate associate professor of computer science.
In his time at UMD, Hamidzadeh has served as Associate Dean for Digital Systems and Stewardship at the UMD Libraries and started several new programs and initiatives, such as Research Data Services, Digital Scholarship and Publishing, Digital Stewardship, Digital Preservation, and Teaching and Research Software Development Services.
He has provided technical infrastructure and support to the 16 campuses of the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions’ library consortium, and has been an active member of the consortium's Council of Library Directors.
Prior to joining the university, Hamidzadeh was Director of the Repository Development Center at the Library of Congress. For nearly seven years, he led a team and data center that developed and deployed large-scale digital archives and libraries.
Hamidzadeh has also served in a senior management position with the Boeing Company, and held several faculty positions at the University of British Columbia and University of Science and Technology in Hong Kong.
He received his doctorate in computer science and engineering from the University of Minnesota.
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