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Larry Finkelstein

Professor Emeritus

Dean Emeritus

Larry Finkelstein


Office Location

440 Huntington Avenue
350 West Village H
Boston, MA 02115

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Larry Finkelstein, 202 WVH
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Research Interests

  • Physical science
  • Health science
  • Digital arts and business


  • PhD in Mathematics, University of Birmingham, England
  • MS in Mathematics, University of Michigan
  • BS in Mathematics, City College of New York


Larry Finkelstein joined the Khoury College of Computer Sciences as a professor in 1983 and served as dean from September 1994 to July 2014. During his time as dean, Khoury grew significantly in stature and size and has achieved national prominence as one of the premier colleges focusing on computer science and information science. Khoury is known for its strong emphasis on interdisciplinary research and education with a focus on the physical sciences, the health sciences, the digital arts, and business.

Prior to joining Northeastern, Finkelstein was a professor of mathematics at Wayne State University in Detroit, as well as a member of the technical staffs of the Center for Communication Research in Princeton, New Jersey, and the MITRE Corporation in Bedford, Massachusetts.

Finkelstein’s research expertise is in the development of efficient algorithms for solving large-scale computational problems in mathematics, computer science, and engineering. He co-organized two workshops in this area at the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science, an NSF Science and Technology Center, and co-edited the proceedings of those workshops. He was a co-winner of the best paper award at the MITRE Corporation for work in signal processing.