The Advisory Council consists of senior professors and administrative staff representing AIT’s U.S. based partner institutions. The Council provides guidance and advises on academic and extracurricular matters. The Council’s supervisory function is an important source of feedback and guarantees the sustained high quality of AIT’s services. Selected members of the Advisory Council regularly visit AIT’s campus in Budapest and are in close cooperation with AIT’s North-American Co-Directors. 

Members of the Advisory Council include representatives from the following institutions:

Éva Tardos

Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Computer Science


Eva Tardos is a Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University, is Senior Associate Dean of Computing and Information Science, and was department chair 2006-2010. She received her PhD from Eotvos University in Budapest. She has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, external member of the Hungarian Academy of Scinces, and is the recipient of some fellowships and awards, including the Goedel prize, Packard Fellowship, the Fulkerson Prize and the Dantzig prize. She was editor in chief of SIAM Journal of Computing 2003-09, and is editor of several other journals, including the Journal of the ACM, and Combinatorica. Her research interest is algorithms and algorithmic game theory, the subarea theory of designing systems and algorithms for selfish users.

Thomas H. Cormen

Professor and Chair, Department of Computer Science


Thomas H. Cormen is a Professor in the Dartmouth College Department of Computer Science, where he has been since 1992. He currently serves as the department chair, and he directed the Dartmouth Institute for Writing and Rhetoric from 2004 to 2008. Professor Cormen received the B.S.E. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University in 1978 and the S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986 and 1992, respectively. An ACM Distinguished Educator, he is coauthor of the leading textbook on computer algorithms, Introduction to Algorithms, which he wrote with Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest, and Clifford Stein. Professor Cormen's primary research interests are in algorithm engineering and parallel computing. He focuses on algorithms and software infrastructure to mitigate the high latency inherent in accessing the outer levels of the memory hierarchy and in interprocessor communication.

Henry H. Leitner

Associate Dean for Information Technology and Chief Technology Officer 
Senior Lecturer on Computer Science

Michael Orrison

Associate Professor of Mathematics


Michael Orrison is a Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College.  He received his A.B. from Wabash College in 1995, and his Ph.D. from Dartmouth College in 2001.  His teaching interests include linear algebra, abstract algebra, discrete mathematics, and representation theory.  His research interests include voting theory and harmonic analysis on finite groups.  He particularly enjoys finding, exploring, and describing applications of the representation theory of finite groups with the help of his talented and energetic undergraduate research students. 

Ran Libeskind-Hadas

R. Michael Shanahan Endowed Professor and Department Chair, Department of Computer Science


Ran Libeskind-Hadas (born 1965) is an R. Michael Shanahan Professor at Harvey Mudd College.  He received his A.B. in applied mathematics from Harvard University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993.  He has over 40 peer-reviewed publications in the areas of algorithms, computer networks, and computational biology.  He has held two endowed chairs for effective teaching at Harvey Mudd. 

Peter Bogucki

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs; School of Engineering and Applied Science


Peter Bogucki (pronounced bo-good’-ski) is associate dean for undergraduate affairs of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University.    In this capacity, Bogucki oversees the academic advising, progress, and professional development of over 1000 candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree.   He is closely involved with the advising of BSE students planning to study abroad and the development of opportunities for international study.    Bogucki is an archaeologist who received his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He studies prehistoric settlements in Poland and has a particular interest in the spread of farming in Europe.     Bogucki is the author of The Origins of Human Society (Blackwell, 1999) and the editor (with Pam J. Crabtree) of Ancient Europe 8000 B.C. – A.D. 1000: an Encyclopedia of the Barbarian World (Scribners, 2004) along with numerous articles in archaeological journals.   See

Brent Heeringa

Associate Professor of Computer Science


Brent Heeringa is an associate professor of computer science at Williams College where he has been since 2006. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2006. His graduate work focused on models and algorithms for improving access to organized information with applications to web site design and optimal decision making. During the final year of his graduate studies, Brent helped several other computer scientists start Cogo Labs (formerly Adverplex)---a company dealing primarily with pay-per-click advertising. In 2009 Brent was a visiting scholar at Boston University where, with colleagues from BU and Harvard, he worked on combinatorial problems related to heaps. Brent's current research focus is on data structures, non-traditional data encodings, and information visualization.