Feature Slides

NITRD 20th Anniversary Symposium

NITRD 20th Anniversary Symposium

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

February 16, 2012

Welcome Remarks


George Strawn is the director of the National Coordination Office (NCO) for the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program. He also serves as the co-chair of the NITRD Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council. Dr. Strawn is on assignment to the Executive Office of the President, Office of Science and Technology Policy. Prior to this assignment, Dr. Strawn was the National Science Foundation (NSF) Chief Information Officer (CIO). As the CIO for NSF, he guided the agency in the development and design of innovative information technology, working to enable the NSF staff and the international community of scientists, engineers, and educators to pursue new methods of scientific communication, collaboration, and decision-making. Prior to his appointment as NSF CIO, Dr. Strawn served as the executive officer of the NSF directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) and as acting assistant director for CISE. Previously, Dr. Strawn served as the director of the CISE Division of Advanced Networking Infrastructure and Research, where he led NSF's efforts in the Presidential Next Generation Internet Initiative. Prior to coming to NSF, Dr. Strawn was a Computer Science faculty member at Iowa State University. He also served there as director of the ISU Computation Center and chair of the ISU Computer Science Department. Dr. Strawn received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Iowa State University and his B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Mathematics and Physics from Cornell College.