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Richard Hughey
  • Title
    • Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education and Global Engagement
    • Professor of Computer Science & Engineering and of Biomolecular Engineering
  • Division Undergraduate Education, Division of Global Engagement, Baskin School of Engineering
  • Department
    • Undergraduate Education
    • Global Engagement
    • Baskin School of Engineering
  • Affiliations Educational Partnership Center, Enrollment Management, Summer Session, Office of the Registrar, College Scholars Program
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Kerr Hall, 217
  • Office Hours By appointment to
  • Mail Stop Chancellor's Office
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Bioinformatics, Computer Architecture

Research Interests

  • Bioinformatics
  • Hidden Markov models
  • Computer architecture
  • Parallel computation

Biography, Education and Training

Richard Hughey is Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education and Global Engagement (VPDUEGE), and a professor of computer science & engineering and of biomolecular engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Prior to becoming VPDUE, he served as UCSC Co-Director of the Advanced Studies Laboratories (ASL), a partnership laboratory jointly run by UCSC and NASA Ames Research Center, where he spearheaded development of the Materials Analysis for Collaborative Science (MACS) Facility. The UCSC MACS Facility provides state-of-the-art analytical electron microscopy and surface science analysis to the UCSC, Ames, and Silicon Valley community.

He led UCSC's SURF-IT summer undergraduate research program sponsored by the National Science Foundation (2003-11). He is co-creator of the SAM sequence analysis package. He has previously served as chair of computer engineering, vice chair of biomolecular engineering, chair of the faculty committee responsible for undergraduate education, and chair of the faculty committee responsible for undergraduate admissions and financial aid.

He has led or co-led development of a multitude of programs, including undergraduate programs in robotics engineering, bioengineering, network & digital technology, and bioinformatics; graduate programs or concentrations in bioinformatics, biomedical science and engineering, and robotics & control.

In 2008 he received a UCSC Chancellor's Achievement Award for Diversity. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi, and Golden Key honor societies.