Dan Reed is Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for Technology Strategy and Policy and Extreme Computing. Previously, he was the Chancellor’s Eminent Professor at UNC Chapel Hill, as well as the Director of the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) and the Chancellor’s Senior Advisor for Strategy and Innovation for UNC Chapel Hill.
Dr. Reed has served as a member of the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and as a member of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC). As chair of PITAC’s computational science subcommittee, he was lead author of the report “Computational Science: Ensuring America’s Competitiveness.” On PCAST, he co-chaired the Networking and Information Technology subcommittee (with George Scalise of the Semiconductor Industry Association) and co-authored a report on the National Coordination Office’s Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) program called “Leadership Under Challenge: Information Technology R&D in Competitive World.”
In June 2009, he completed two terms of service as chair of the board of directors of the Computing Research Association, which represents the research interests of Ph.D. granting university departments, industrial research groups and national laboratories.
He was previously Head of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), where the held the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professorship. He has also been Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at UIUC, where he also led National Computational Science Alliance, a fifty institution partnership devoted to creating the next generation of computational science tools. He was also one of the principal investigators and chief architect for the NSF TeraGrid. He received his B.S. from Missouri University of Science and Technology and his M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science in 1983 from Purdue University.
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