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Appointment of Division Director for the Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to announce that Dr. Keith Marzullo has been reappointed to the position of the Division Director for Computer and Network Systems (CNS) at NSF, effective July 2014. Dr. Marzullo has been an exemplary member of the CISE senior management team for the past several years, and we are thrilled that he will continue in his current position.

Dr. Marzullo has brought significant broad scientific expertise to CISE and CNS research areas and will continue to provide strong leadership in cybersecurity, networking and distributed systems, cyber physical systems, and other areas in the years ahead. In addition, he has provided significant interagency leadership in the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) program during his tenure as co-chair of two senior steering groups (SSG) -- the Cybersecurity and Information Assurance SSG and the Cyber-Physical Systems SSG.

Dr. Marzullo was formerly the Chair of the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of California, San Diego where he has been a faculty member since 1993. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1984. For his Ph.D. he developed the Xerox Research Internet Clock Synchronization protocol, which was one of the first practical fault-tolerant protocols that addressed this issue. In 1986, he left Xerox and joined the CS Department at Cornell University, where with colleagues Ken Birman and Robert Cooper, he started the company ISIS Distributed Systems, which provided middleware for fault tolerant distributed applications that was used by financial and investment institutions. Dr. Marzullo served as a Professor at-large in the Computer Science Department at the University of Tromso from 1999-2003 and was Chair of ACM SIGOPS from 2003-2007.

On behalf of the CISE Directorate, I would like to thank the external search committee members (http://www.nsf.gov/cise/cns/news/CNSsearchcommittee.pdf) for their service to NSF and to our community.

Again, we are delighted to have Keith continue as the CISE CNS Division Director. Together, we will ensure that the CISE community continues to advance the frontiers of knowledge in computing and networking systems and to enable the discovery and innovation required to meet our most pressing societal challenges.


Farnam Jahanian
Assistant Director for CISE


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