Dr. Edward Lazowska Appointed as Chair of the CCC Council

WASHINGTON, DC, March 8, 2007

The Computing Research Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Edward Lazowska, Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, as the inaugural Chair of the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council. This appointment was made after extensive consultations with computing research leaders, the Interim CCC Council and the National Science Foundation.

"CRA is delighted that our colleague, Ed Lazowska, has accepted this important role" said Daniel A. Reed, Chair of the CRA Board and Director of the Renaissance Computing Institute at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Lazowska has a distinguished career in computing research, public service, and service to the computing research community, including time spent as co-chair of the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee and the Defense Advanced Projects Agency Information Science and Technology study group.

Dr. Lazowska is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the Association for Computing Machinery, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

In his new role, Dr. Lazowska will lead the CCC—a consortium of experts drawn from and chosen by the computing research community—as it seeks to stimulate scientific leadership and vision on issues related to computing research and future large-scale computing research projects. The CCC—established by CRA in partnership with NSF—will catalyze the computing research community to debate long-range research challenges, to build consensus around research visions, to articulate those visions, and to develop the most promising visions into clearly defined initiatives. The next step in its implementation is populating the CCC Council, which will facilitate the processes through which the consortium will do its work.

About CRA. The CRA was established 35 years ago and has members at more than 250 research entities in academia, industry and government. Its mission is to strengthen research and advance education in the computing fields, expand opportunities for women and minorities, and improve public and policymaker understanding of the importance of computing and computing research in society. http://www.cra.org.