Taylor succeeds Flynn as head of Notre Dame California

Author: Ted Fox

Richard E. Taylor, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, has been named interim director of Notre Dame California. He succeeds Patrick J. Flynn, Duda Family Professor of Engineering, who served as interim director from July 2016 through June of this year. As of July 1, Flynn assumed the position of chair of the University’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

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Among other accomplishments during Flynn’s tenure, Notre Dame California launched its Silicon Valley Semester (SVS), which allows a select group of Notre Dame juniors majoring in computer science and engineering to spend their spring semester living, studying, and working in Palo Alto. The SVS consists of both Notre Dame coursework and credit-bearing internships at companies including Kyndi, OpsPanda, Intuit, QuakeFinder, Stryker, and AT&T.

The academic hub for the program is the Notre Dame California facility. Opened in February, it is located in AT&T’s central office in downtown Palo Alto and represents ongoing collaboration between the company and the University. Flynn was instrumental in this process, as well.

“Pat has brought to life the broad vision with which we founded Notre Dame California,” said Thomas G. Burish, Notre Dame’s Charles and Jill Fischer Provost. “Whether working with AT&T to plan and complete our facility in downtown Palo Alto, developing and then leading the inaugural Silicon Valley Semester, or tending to the myriad other responsibilities that come with launching a new program, he has been a true champion of this endeavor. I am grateful both for Pat’s leadership during such a formative stage and now for Rich’s willingness to advance our continued growth on the West Coast.”

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“I look forward to serving the University in this new position and building upon the strong foundation created by the outstanding efforts of Pat Flynn,” Taylor added. “I am particularly interested in expanding the participation of Notre Dame undergraduate and graduate students in experiential learning opportunities and connecting Notre Dame faculty and research programs with California-based academic institutions and businesses.”

Taylor received his Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University before joining Notre Dame’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 1995.

Noted for his work in the synthesis of novel pharmaceutical compounds, Taylor continues to maintain an active research portfolio on campus at Notre Dame, where he played a key role in founding what is now the Boler-Parseghian Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases as well as the Warren Family Research Center for Drug Discovery and Development. He was acting director of the Warren Center prior to accepting the appointment at Notre Dame California and is currently program director of rare disease research and development there.

During his 20-plus years on the University’s faculty, Taylor has also served as associate dean of research and graduate education in the College of Science and associate vice president for research.