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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


Professor Larry Finkelstein joined the Khoury College of Computer Sciences at Northeastern University 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 especially 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 his service at Northeastern University, Professor Finkelstein was a professor of mathematics at Wayne State University in Detroit, and a member of the technical staffs of the Center for Communication Research in Princeton, New Jersey and the MITRE Corporation in Bedford, Massachusetts.

He received his BS from the City College of New York, his MS from the University of Michigan and his PhD from the University of Birmingham in England, all in mathematics. Professor Finkelstein’s research expertise is in the development of efficient algorithms for the solution of large-scale computational problems in mathematics, computer science, and engineering. He has co-organized two workshops in this area at DIMACS, an NSF Science and Technology Center, to support research in discrete mathematics and theoretical computer science, 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.