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

Dr. Mark A. Luker
Deputy Director

Dr. Mark A. Luker is the Deputy Director of the National Coordination Office for the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program (NITRD) of the NSTC, with special focus on the coordination of IT R&D related to cyber security, privacy, spectrum sharing, and Big Data.

Luker’s home appointment is at the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology of the National Cancer Institute. Prior to joining NCI, he served as a computer security specialist at the National Institute for Standards and Technology, and 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). Earlier, Dr. Luker was the Program Director of the NSFNET Program at the National Science Foundation at the time of transition to the commercial Internet.

Outside the Government, Dr. Luker has served as the Vice President (VP) of EDUCAUSE, the association for the IT Leadership of higher education, as the CIO of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, as a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Minnesota, and as Acting Dean of Science and Engineering at its Duluth campus. Dr. Luker received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley.