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Daniel Reed

Daniel A. Reed is the Presidential Professor in Computational Science at the University of Utah, where he previously served as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (Provost).  At Utah, he helped launch the For Utah scholarship, which diversified the student body and broadened access for first generation students, and spearheaded the 1U4U cross-campus research initiative. Previously, Dan was the University Chair in Computational Science and Bioinformatics, and Professor of Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Medicine at the University of Iowa, where he was Vice President for Research and Economic Development. At Iowa, he restructured economic development, expanded large research proposal support, and broadened outreach via economic development centers and a mobile museum.

Before joining Iowa, he was Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for Technology Policy and Extreme Computing, where he helped shape Microsoft's long-term vision for technology innovations in cloud computing and the company's policy engagement with governments and institutions worldwide. Prior to joining Microsoft, Dan was the founding director of the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), with joint faculty appointments at Duke and North Carolina State University. RENCI targeted interdisciplinary applications of computing to state needs, notably hurricane response and coastal modeling.  At UNC-CH, he also served as Chancellor’s Eminent Professor and Vice Chancellor for Information Technology.

Before being recruited to North Carolina, Dan was Gutgsell Professor and Head of the highly ranked Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), as well as Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). While there, he spearheaded construction of a $100M information technology quadrangle, raised the department’s ranking to 5th nationally, and served as chief architect for the NSF TeraGrid, then the world’s largest open computing infrastructure for scientific research. 

Dr. Reed is currently chair of the U.S. National Science Board (NSB), which provides oversight for the U.S. National Science Foundation.  As a member of the NSB, he has chaired the Committee on Awards and Facilities, and has served on a variety of other NSB committees.  He currently chairs the Department of Energy’s Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee (ASCAC), and he serves as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for Argonne National Laboratory, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Technical Review Panel.

Dr. Reed has served as a member of the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and the U.S. President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC). He has served on the National Academies Board on Global Science and Technology, the International Telecommunications Union CTO Council, the Advisory Committee for Electronic Records for the National Archives, the ICANN Generic Names Supporting Organization Council, and the advisory board of the Engineering Research Visioning Alliance (ERVA).  He is the past chair of the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association (CRA), which represents PhD-granting computer science departments in North America.  As chair of CRA, he was one of the co-founders of the Computing Community Consortium (CCC), responsible for envisioning new ideas on computing research.

Dr. Reed is a Fellow of the ACM, the IEEE, and the AAAS. He received his B.S. (summa cum laude) from Missouri University of Science and Technology in 1978 and his M.S. (1980) and Ph.D. (1983) from Purdue University, all in computer science.  He received an honorary doctorate from Dakota State University (2014) and an honorary professional degree from Missouri S&T (2010).  He has also been recognized as a distinguished alumnus by both Missouri S&T (2014) and Purdue University (2010).

Dr. Reed is an Arkansas native and a 1975 graduate of Mammoth Spring High School.