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Paul Horn


Director, The Center for Urban Science; Former Senior Vice Provost for Research, New York University, Senior Vice Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Entrepreneurship, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering

Dr. Paul M. Horn is the Senior Vice Provost for Research and Senior Vice Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Entrepreneurship, Polytechnic School of Engineering, responsible for providing University-wide leadership in advancing research at NYU.

Dr. Horn leads strategic University efforts in developing industrial linkages and relations for the University and its faculty.

Dr. Horn was named NYU Distinguished Scientist in Residence in September of 2007 and Senior Vice Provost for Research in September 2009. Prior to his NYU position, he was Senior Vice President of the IBM Corporation and Executive Director of Research. In his 28 years with IBM, Dr. Horn was a champion for translating technology-based research into marketplace opportunities. Under his leadership, IBM Research produced including the chess-playing supercomputer Deep Blue, the world's first copper chip, the giant magneto-resistive head, strained silicon, and BlueGene, the world's fastest supercomputer.

Dr. Horn graduated from Clarkson College of Technology and received his doctoral degree in physics from the University of Rochester in 1973. Dr. Horn is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and was an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow from 1974–1978. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a former Associate Editor of Physical Review Letters. He has led the Board of Governors of the New York Academy of Sciences as Board Chair the past two years.

Dr. Horn has received numerous awards including the 2000 Distinguished Leadership award from the New York Hall of Science, the 2002 Hutchison Medal from the University of Rochester, and the 2002 Pake Prize from the American Physical Society. In 2003, Dr. Horn was named one of the top computing business leaders in the US by Scientific American magazine.