Francine Berman is the Director of Public Interest Technology and Stuart Rice Research Professor in the Manning College of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is former Director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center, former Vice President for Research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and co-founder of the international Research Data Alliance.
Fran is the inaugural recipient of the ACM/IEEE-CS Ken Kennedy Award for "influential leadership in the design, development, and deployment of national-scale cyberinfrastructure" (2009), recipient of the 2020 Paul Evan Peters award (given by Educause and the Association of Research Libraries), an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. She was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become a member of the National Council on the Humanities in 2015.
Fran’s current research interests focus on Public Interest Technology, the social and environmental impacts of the Internet of Things, and data policy, cyberinfrastructure, stewardship and preservation. She currently serves as a Trustee of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and previously served as Chair of the Anita Borg Institute Board of Trustees, promoting the recruitment, advancement, and retention of women in technology.