Rensselaer Announces New VP of Research

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has announced they have named a new vice president of research.  Francine Berman, High Performance Computing Endowed Chair at the University of California, San Diego and the director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center, has accepted the position.  Dr. Berman has been widely recognized as one of the pioneers in effort to build more robust digital infrastructure.  SDSC has certainly reflected this.

Advancement of the research enterprise of Rensselaer is key to the fulfillment of The Rensselaer Plan, which is why I am exceptionally pleased to welcome the extensive experience in research and higher education that Dr. Berman will bring to Rensselaer,” said Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson. “In her work and research, Dr. Berman has consistently expanded the connections between researchers, across disciplines, and among institutions. At Rensselaer, she will continue to build on the legacy of interdisciplinary research that we have built between research disciplines at all levels of the institution, from undergraduates to endowed faculty, and with our partnerships in government and industry.”

Dr. Berman was also one of two founding principal investigators of the National Science Foundation’s TerGrid project.  The appoinment will become effective on August 1.  Congrats to Dr. Berman and RPI for landing a great champion of high performance computing.

For more info, read the full release here.