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George Mason University

Dana Richards

Associate Professor, Computer Science

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  • 703-993-1545 (office)
  • Nguyen Engineering Building, 5320
    4400 University Drive, MS 4A5
    Fairfax, VA 22030

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Dana Richards comes to Mason with years of experience as a programmer and innovator in the field of computer science. Prior to joining Vologenau’s faculty, Richards worked as a programmer for Comress, Inc., and as an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Virginia. Most recently, he served as the program director of the Theory of Computing division of the National Science Foundation. He has written or edited three books and numerous publications on the topic. His research interest includes comparisons of protein sequences, Steimer tree algorithms, information dissemination in networks, parallel heuristics and methodology for computationally intractable problems, and parallel algorithms for median filters.


PhD, Computer Science, University of Illinois (1984)

MS, Computer Science, University of Virginia (1976)

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Faculty Rank: Associate Professor


2005 - 2007 : SGER:The Structure of Exponential Networks. Funded by National Science Foundation.

2005 - 2007 : NSF:SGER:Exponential Nerworks. Funded by National Science Foundation.

Research Interests

Parallel and Distributed Systems

Selected Publications