National Coordination Office for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development
Dr. Mark A. Luker

Dr. Mark A. Luker
Associate Director

Dr. Mark A. Luker is the Associate Director of the National Coordination Office for the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program (NITRD). His appointment comes after joining the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Information Technology Laboratory (ITL). Prior to joining NIST, he served as a Telecommunications Policy Specialist at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce on the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).

Dr. Luker has served as the Vice President (VP) of EDUCAUSE, an association of over 2,000 universities and colleges that promotes the transformation of higher education through innovative applications of information technology. As the VP, he led the Washington DC-based EDUCAUSE policy program as well as Net@EDU, a thought-leadership coalition of university Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and state network directors who work to advance national networking for both research and education.

Dr. Luker also served as the Program Director for advanced networking at the National Science Foundation and as the CIO of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. In this role, he was very active in several national projects including the National Learning Infrastructure Initiative and the Coalition for Networked Information.

Dr. Luker received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley. He served as a faculty member in computer science and as Acting Dean of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, before moving into information technology management.