AI Faculty Cluster Hire

27 New Faculty Hires in Artificial Intelligence

In light of a $75 million allocation from New York State for UAlbany's AI Plus initiative, the University has launched a strategic cluster hire of 27 new faculty with a focus on AI in multiple disciplines, including public health, engineering, education, business, homeland security, STEM and political science among others.

The creation of an AI Plus Institute at UAlbany will also bring a search for a world-renowned Institute Director. This hiring cluster is possible thanks to a $5.2 million allocation to UAlbany from a $53 million SUNY-wide faculty hiring initiative.

AI supercomputing promises to transform healthcare, drug discovery, climate and extreme weather resilience, transportation, national security and cybersecurity, big data, internet of things (loT), and robotics, as well as bringing unprecedented changes to education.

The AI Plus initiative brings together assets and expertise from educational, industrial, and public health partners. Albany AI also aims to educate the next generation of diverse, well-trained AI researchers and practitioners in new mechanical and design programs, as well as programs in AI computing, educational research and ethical considerations. This initiative will ensure that UAlbany students are competitive for new and emerging markets.

UAlbany is accepting applications for tenure-track positions. Visit the Human Resources website to review open positions.

For questions, more information or for guidance on which position(s) might be most appropriate for you, please email [email protected].


New Hires

An interim director and 18 faculty members with AI expertise have already been hired.

  • AI Plus Institute
    • Interim Director Eric Stern, College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security & Cybersecurity, Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security
  • College of Arts & Sciences 
    • Assistant Professor Alessandra Buccella, Department of Philosophy 
    • Assistant Professor Gaurav Malhotra, Department of Psychology 
    • Assistant Professor Maxwell H. Turner, Department of Biological Sciences 
    • Assistant Professor Zheng Wu, Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences 
    • Assistant Professor Zi Yang, Department of Mathematics and Statistics 
  • College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security & Cybersecurity 
    • Assistant Professor Eric Best, Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security
    • Assistant Professor Phung Lai, Department of Cybersecurity  
    • Associate Professor Abdulhamit Subasi, Department of Information Sciences and Technology 
  • College of Nanotechnology, Science, and Engineering 
    • Professor Xin Li, Department of Computer Science  
    • Assistant Professor Chong Liu, Department of Computer Science
    • Assistant Professor Bu Zhao, Department of Environmental and Sustainable Engineering 
  • Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy; School of Criminal Justice  
  • Massry School of Business 
    • Assistant Professor Sukwoong Choi, Department of Information Systems & Business Analytics
  • School of Education 
    • Assistant Professor Haesol Bae, Department of Educational Theory & Practice 
    • Assistant Professor Jonathan Foster, Department of Educational Theory & Practice 
  • School of Public Health 
    • Assistant Professor Xin Wang, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics 
  • School of Social Welfare