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Dean Jensen announces Kevin Seppi to be new associate dean

Dean Grant Jensen of the BYU College of Computational, Mathematical, and Physical Sciences is pleased to announce that Dr. Kevin Seppi from the Computer Science department has been appointed as an associate dean in the college. Effective immediately, Dr. Seppi replaces Dr. Bryan Morse. “I will miss Bryan dearly in the dean’s office and am so grateful for his service over the past five years. In addition to counseling with me and others about everything in the college, Bryan carried a tremendous load with kindness and compassion,” Jensen says.

In his new role, Seppi will attend to duties related to scholarship, faculty advancement, grants, and supporting the college’s efforts in experiential learning. Before accepting the associate dean appointment, Dr. Seppi previously served as the Computer Science department chair since 2018. “I’m really looking forward to working with Kevin. He was a tremendously successful and well-loved chair of our largest department, and I’m excited for the whole college to benefit now from his abilities,” says Jensen.

As he moves into his new role, Seppi says, “It will be a great honor to work with Dean Jensen. He has firmly placed the college on a path to create a stimulating setting of academic excellence and to create an environment that will assist individuals in their quests for eternal life. I look forward to contributing to that mission."

Dr. Seppi received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Brigham Young University in 1982 and his master’s degree from Santa Clara University in 1987. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990 on a resident study fellowship from IBM, where he worked after completing his Ph.D. until 1995. He then worked for BMC Software until he joined the BYU computer science faculty in 2002.

Seppi is the author or co-author of eighty-four refereed conference and journal publications. His early research at BYU included topics in function optimization, parallel systems, and probabilistic models. Seppi currently works in two areas: Natural Language Processing and Human/Computer Interaction.