Bobby Schnabel


Bicentennial Medal (2019)
President's Medal for Excellence (2015)
Presenter: Michael A. McRobbie


Bobby Schnabel was dean of the School of Informatics and Computing and interim vice president for research at Indiana University. Schnabel earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College, then an M.S. and Ph.D. from Cornell University. As an undergraduate, Schnabel served as the manager of the Dartmouth football team and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Before beginning graduate school, he served in the U.S. Army National Guard, and continued to serve part time until 1977.

Schnabel spent the first thirty years of his career at the University of Colorado at Boulder (1977-2007) serving as assistant professor (1977-1980), associate professor (1980-1988), professor (1988-2007), department chair (1990-1995), associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Engineering (1995-1997), and vice provost for academic and campus technology and chief information officer (1998-2007). He joined the IU faculty as professor of informatics and of computer science and as dean of the School of Informatics and Computing in 2017. In this position he leads a multi-campus school of nearly 150 faculty members and 3000 students at the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses, including undergraduate and graduate programs in computer science and informatics at Bloomington and informatics at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, and graduate programs in information science and library science at Bloomington and library science at IUPUI. He is a professor of computer science and informatics at IU Bloomington. From 2009-2010 he also served as interim IU vice president for research. Schnabel retired as dean and professor emeritus in 2015.

From 2015-2017, Schnabel held the position of CEO at the Association for Computing Machinery and since has been affiliated again with the University of Colorado at Boulder. He serves on the advisory committee for the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering and on the board of code.org. He has served as chair of the ACM Education Policy Committee; as chair of the advisory committee for the Computing Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institutions; and on the boards of the Kinsey Institute, TechPoint, and the Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation. He has received many awards and recognitions including being named a fellow of the ACM (2010) and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (2009); the Computing Research Association A. Nico Habermann Award (2012); the University of Colorado Boulder Faculty Service Award (1998) and Teaching Award (1987); and was also named a White House "Champion of Change" for Women in STEM (2011).

Schnabel received the IU Bicentennial Medal in September 2019 in recognition of his distinguished service as the interim vice president for research at Indiana University.