North-American Co-Directors

Professors Ran Libeskind-Hadas (R. Michael Shanahan Endowed Professor and Department Chair, Department of Computer Science, Harvey Mudd College) and Michael Orrison (Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College) are serving as the North American Co-Directors (NACD) of the program.  The NACD has several responsibilities:

  • Interacting with faculty and staff of current and potential partner institutions,
  • Overseeing the administration of the NACD office,
  • Evaluating the preparedness of applicants to the program,
  • Advising AIT on curricular and extracurricular programs, and
  • Interacting with the Advisory Council and AIT’s Academic director in Budapest, Dr. Andras Recski.


Biographies of the North-American Co-Directors, and the NACD Administration:

Ran Libeskind-Hadas(born 1965) is a the R. Michael Shanahan Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Computer Science 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. 

Michael Orrisonis 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. 

JODY ORRISON is the administrative staff for the NACD.  She received her B.A. in music from Truman State University in 1995 and has been teaching music privately and in schools for 20 years. During High School and College she worked for a CFP and gained key administrative skills. In addition to being a mom of four and working as a Prek-8th grade music teacher (vocal, general, band), she is happy to be able to assist AIT-Budapest and its wonderful students. She is the initial contact for basic program information, application, and billing inquiries.