Dr. Eric Grimson, the Board Chair of Computing Research Association and Bernard Gordon Chair of Medical Engineering at MIT, has sent a letter to UF’s President Dr. Machen concerning the Dean’s plan to restructure UF’s CISE department.
In the letter, Dr. Eric points out the possible impact of the proposal to the whole University:
… If you dismantle the research and graduate teaching components of the CISE department, you will almost certainly lose your strongest faculty members, and you will definitely lose your stature in this critical field. And that’s important for multiple reasons. Not only will you lose the ability to compete for a significant amount of research funding in computer science proper, but you will also be at a huge disadvantage in competing for funding across a range of other areas that require the computing expertise.