Dr. Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera became the 19th president of Keuka College July 1, 2011.
He came to Keuka from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), where he served as dean of the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences and professor.
Formerly, Díaz-Herrera was professor and department head of computer science and Yamacraw project director at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Ga. and member of the executive committee in the Georgia Tech-led Yamacraw project. He was a senior member of the technical staff at Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute, taught in the Master of Software Engineering program, and conducted research in product line engineering.
In addition, Díaz-Herrera served as chair of the first-in-the-U.S. software engineering department at Monmouth (N.J.) University and on the computer science faculties at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and SUNY Binghamton. He also taught at the Universidad Centro-Occidental and was senior software engineer and department head at Empresa Regional de Computación, both in Venezuela.
He has consulted for a number of firms and government agencies including the New York Stock Exchange (SIAC), MITRE Corp., Institute for Defense Analysis, General Electric, Singer-Link, TRW, EG&G, and IBM, among others. He has also provided professional expertise to international organizations including the European Software Institute, Australian Defense Science and Technology Office, Kyoto Computing Gaikum, Kuwait University, Cairo University, and Malaysia University of Technology.
Díaz-Herrera has authored more than 90 publications and is in his third, three-year term of the IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Visitor Program. He was a leading writer of the Software Engineering Professional Examination, and co-editor of the Software Engineering volume of the IEEE-CS/ACM Computing Curricula project. He is also an active member of the Deans group of the Computer Research Association in Washington, D.C.
Díaz-Herrera serves on numerous boards, including the New York State Universal Broadband Council Digital Literacy Committee, the Strong National Museum of Play (Rochester) Board of Trustees, and Gallaudet University (Washington, D.C.) Board of Trustees. He was co-chair of the Rochester Mayor's Office IT Steering Committee in 2005-06 and a member of the Puerto Rican Youth Development Center (Rochester) Board of Trustees in 2003-04. He also served three years in the National Science Foundation CISE Advisory Committee, and three years in Carnegie Mellon's SEI Technical Advisory Group in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Díaz-Herrera completed his undergraduate education in Venezuela and holds a master's degree and doctorate in computing studies from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. He earned a graduate certificate (management leadership in education) from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. He plays the South American folk harp and is learning the pedal harp from Dr. Nan Gallo-Richmond of the Eastman Community School.