Eric Walden will work to expand the institute’s scale and research opportunities.
Walden is the director of data science programs and is the James C. Wetherbe Professor in the Rawls College of Business. He earned his doctorate in information and decision sciences from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. Walden's research uses a variety of neuroscientific tools – including functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging, electro-encephalogram and genetic analysis – to understand how people search for information.
The TTNI is a multi-user neuroimaging facility that promotes cutting-edge research among faculty and graduate students of Texas Tech and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. The institute provides researchers with brain and body imaging technologies and techniques. One of Walden's duties will be to expand the institute's scale and research opportunities.
“One of the ways Texas Tech achieved and will retain a Tier One research distinction is by doing cutting-edge multidisciplinary research, and the Texas Tech Neuroimaging Institute is part of that,” Walden said. “It is an honor to be charged with leading the TTNI, and I look forward to working with more members of the Texas Tech research community.”
Walden replaces Sunandra Mitra, who served as the TTNI's interim director since October 2013. Mitra is a Paul Whitfield Horn Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and founding director of Texas Tech's Computer Vision & Image Analysis Laboratory.
“I'm excited to have Eric in this new role,” said Guy Loneragan, interim vice president for research. “He is an exceptional researcher and leader and will build on the solid foundation Sunanda Mitra has put in place at TTNI. I thank Dr. Mitra for her work as interim director and look forward to the new research opportunities Eric will create at TTNI.”