Manhattan College Names Val Kolesnikov Chair of the Computer Science Department

New chair will play integral role in strengthening growing department.

Val Kolesnikov, Ph.D., was recently appointed chair of Manhattan College’s Computer Science department, and began his position in August. His new role at Manhattan will include teaching courses as an associate professor of computer science. 

Kolesnikov will play a vital role in strengthening the new Computer Science department, which was formerly part of the Mathematics department. Assistant Professor Peter Boothe, Ph.D., as well as the new hire Tina Tian, Ph.D., an assistant professor of computer science and former instructor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, will also assist Kolesnikov in growing the department.

“Dr. Kolesnikov combines a strong interest in both quality teaching and research,” said Constantine Theodosiou, Ph.D., dean of the School of Science. “His combined qualifications and experience will be critical in the firm establishment of the new department and its future growth.”

Kolesnikov most recently served as assistant professor at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan., for four years and taught a variety of computer science courses from Introduction to Programming: C++ to the Introduction to Game Design and Development. Kolesnikov was also instrumental in creating Indigo framework and the development of optimization techniques for distributed algorithms.

Before coming to Baker University, Kolesnikov was a teaching assistant at Kansas State University in the department of Computing and Information Sciences, while finishing up his doctorate degree in computer science. He conducted more research on Indigo framework as part of his doctoral research.

Kolesnikov has a tremendous amount of experience working in the field of computer science. He spent time as a software engineer, software application developer and computer software development programmer from 1998-2004. Throughout his 17-year career in computer science, Kolesnikov has published several papers and received numerous honors for his research.

Kolesnikov holds a Ph.D. from Kansas State, an M.B.A. from Baker University, an M.S. from Slippery Rock University, and a B.S. from Sumy State University in the Ukraine.

“I am very excited to be at Manhattan College as the new department of Computer Science is being established. Together with my talented colleagues, we will work hard to make the Computer Science program a premier program,” Kolesnikov said. “Our students will experience academic excellence and learn the skills to succeed in today’s highly technological society.”