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Francine Berman is the Edward P. Hamilton Distinguished Professor in Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and former Director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center. In 2009, Fran was the inaugural recipient of the ACM/IEEE-CS Ken Kennedy Award for "influential leadership in the design, development, and deployment of national-scale cyberinfrastructure." She was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2015 to become a member of the National Council on the Humanities.

Fran’s current research interests focus on data policy and ethics for the Internet of Things, building on a substantive body of work in data cyberinfrastructure, stewardship and preservation. (For good examples, see Berman and Cerf Data Preservation, Berman and Cerf IoT Ethics, Blue Ribbon Task Force Final Report). She is a founder and U.S. Chair of the Research Data Alliance (RDA), a community-driven international organization created to promote data sharing and data innovation world-wide. In 6 short years, RDA has attracted over 7000 members from 135+ countries and developed dozens of open access infrastructure outputs and recommendations for the global data community.

Fran currently serves as Chair of the Anita Borg Institute Board of Trustees promoting women in technology, as a member and former co-Chair of the NSF Advisory Committee for the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate, and as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Sloan Foundation and for the National Council on the Humanities. Fran previously served as VP for Research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and as co-Chair of the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information. From 2001 to 2009, she led the San Diego Supercomputer as the organization pioneered new data cyberinfrastructure to serve an increasingly data-driven research community.



The Harvard Gazette

Fixing the Internet will require a cultural shift

A Q&A with Francine Berman

May 28, 2021
The Conversation

The tech field failed a 25-year challenge to achieve gender equality by 2020 – culture change is key to getting on track

Francine Berman shares her personal story in tech, and how the field can change

Aug 26, 2020
The Harvard Gazette

The good, bad, and scary of the Internet of Things

BKC faculty associate Francine Berman on the question that keeps her up at night: Is the Internet of Things a future utopia, or is it a future dystopia?

Feb 25, 2020
Association of Research Libraries

Francine Berman to Receive Paul Evan Peters Award

Award recognizes lasting achievements in innovative use of network-based information resources

Feb 3, 2020
Everyday Matters

Don’t Leave It All to Facebook

The U.S. Should Do More To Protect Our Data Privacy

Who makes sure that companies collecting your personal data operate in ways that benefit, rather than exploit, you?

Oct 12, 2018