Stefi Baum, professor and director of the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science at Rochester Institute of Technology, has accepted the position of Dean of Science at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada, effective Oct. 1.
Baum joined RIT in 2004 as the director of the Center for Imaging Science and has held the longest tenure of this leadership role. She will retain a position as research professor at the center, where she will continue to receive grant funding, advise students and maintain ongoing collaborations at RIT. Prior to her departure, Baum will help transition an interim director of the center.
“This was a very, very difficult decision for me, as I am so enormously fond of CIS, the faculty, staff and students, and proud of all our accomplishments,” Baum wrote in an email to her colleagues.
Baum has been an active participant on various committees, including most recently, on the advisory board of the Rochester Regional Optics, Photonics and Imaging Accelerator Consortium; as an executive committee member of the Women in Science, Engineering, Technology and Entrepreneurship Regional Association; and as an executive team member of Advancing Women Faculty in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
“There will be opportunities for many exciting collaborations between the University of Manitoba and RIT, which I intend most thoroughly to explore,” Baum said.