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NITRD 20th Anniversary Symposium

The Knight Conference Center, Newseum, Washington D.C.

February 16, 2012

IT Innovation Ecosystem


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Farnam Jahanian serves as the National Science Foundation Assistant Director for the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate, and as co-chair of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council Committee on Technology. Dr. Jahanian guides CISE in its mission to uphold the nation's leadership in computer and information science and engineering through its support for fundamental and transformative advances that are key drivers of economic competitiveness and crucial to achieving national priorities. In this role, he directs programs and initiatives that support ambitious long-term research, foster broad interdisciplinary collaborations, and contribute to the development of a computing and information technology workforce with skills essential to succeed in the increasingly competitive, global market. He is on leave from the University of Michigan, where he holds the Edward S. Davidson Collegiate Professorship and served as Chair for Computer Science and Engineering from 2007 – 2011 and as Director of the Software Systems Laboratory from 1997 – 2000. His research on Internet infrastructure security formed the basis for the Internet security company Arbor Networks, which he co-founded in 2001 and served as Chairman until its acquisition in 2010. Dr. Jahanian holds a master's degree and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).