Patrick Flynn named interim director of Notre Dame California

Author: Ted Fox

Pat Flynn

Patrick J. Flynn, Duda Family Professor of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed interim director of Notre Dame California by Provost Thomas G. Burish. Flynn succeeds Gregory P. Crawford, who assumed the presidency of Miami University on July 1.

Flynn’s responsibilities as director will include the development of educational programming for Notre Dame students, research opportunities for both faculty and students, and connections to industry in the many different parts of the state that animate California’s robust tech, creative, and entrepreneurial cultures.

“I recently spent several days in California with Pat,” Burish said. “During our time together, I was once again struck by his commitment to ensuring the University’s presence on the West Coast is not just an address but rather a catalyst for world-class learning and collaboration that will simultaneously nurture the sense of family we all associate with Notre Dame. Under his leadership, I am confident Notre Dame California will serve our students, faculty, and alumni as well as the state.”

“Notre Dame California is off to a great start thanks to the hard work of Greg and Renate Crawford and the entire California team,” Flynn added. “I am honored to have the opportunity to lead this effort. Based out of Palo Alto, we will partner with individuals and entities throughout the Golden State to provide exciting new opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, faculty members, alumni, and the broader Notre Dame family.”

In addition to his appointment in California, Flynn maintains an active research portfolio on campus at Notre Dame, where he has been a member of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering since 2001. He is a concurrent professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and an affiliated faculty member of the University’s Wireless Institute and its Advanced Diagnostics & Therapeutics initiative.

Holding a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s and doctorate in computer science, all from Michigan State University, Flynn specializes in computer vision, biometrics, pattern recognition, computer graphics and scientific visualization, and mobile application development.