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Presidential Professor, University of Utah


I am the Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs (aka Provost) at the University of Utah. In past roles, I served as the Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the University of Iowa, where I help advance research and transfer technology into practice. Before that, I headed Microsoft's Technology Policy Group (TPG) and the Extreme Computing Group (XCG). TPG's role was to help shape Microsoft's long-term vision for technology innovations and the company's associated policy engagement with governments and institutions around the world. XCG conducted research in advanced computing and cloud data center futures. Before joining Microsoft, I was the founding director of the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) at the University of North Carolina, the Chancellor's Eminent Professor, and Senior Adviser for Strategy and Innovation. Finally, before heading RENCI, I was head of the Department of Computer Science, Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor, and Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois.

I have served as a member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and chair of the Computing Research Association (CRA). Currently, I chair the Department of Energy's Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee (ASCAC), am a member of the National Science Board (NSB), a member of Argonne National Laboratory's Scientific Advisory Committee, and outgoing chair of AAAS Section T (Computing), in addition to other federal advisory committees


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