Paul Houston, a former Cornell University professor and administrator, is the new dean at Georgia tech’s College of Sciences.

Houston replaces Gary Schuster, who was named provost at Tech last fall.

At Cornell, Houston was senior associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
“As a fellow chemist, I have been familiar with Paul’s work for a number of years,” Schuster said. “What impressed me most are the breadth of his interests and the rigor of his research. Given his knowledge and experience, I have no doubt he will bring the same enthusiasm in guiding the College of Sciences to new heights.”

Houston said he would put emphasis on bioinformatics, photonics and nanoscience.

“Research strengths like these form a great base of both infrastructure and knowledge from which to attack new problems, bring new faculty research programs to Georgia Tech, develop new teaching programs and inspire new commercial ventures,” he said. “The challenge for me as the next dean will be to strengthen and expand the College in areas where Georgia Tech has scientific advantages due to infrastructure or collaborative capabilities.”

Houston earned his undergraduate degree at Yale and a doctorate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.