Dr. Margaret Martonosi

Margaret Martonosi

Brief Biography:

Margaret Martonosi is the US National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Assistant Director for Computer and information Science and Engineering (CISE). With an annual budget of more than $1B, the CISE directorate at NSF has the mission to uphold the Nation’s leadership in scientific discovery and engineering innovation through its support of fundamental research and education in computer and information science and engineering as well as transformative advances in research cyberinfrastructure. While at NSF, Dr. Martonosi is on leave from Princeton University where she is the Hugh Trumbull Adams '35 Professor of Computer Science. Dr. Martonosi's research interests are in computer architecture and hardware-software interface issues in both classical and quantum computing systems. Dr. Martonosi is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

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Longer Biography:

Dr. Margaret Martonosi is the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Assistant Director for Computer and information Science and Engineering (CISE). With an annual budget of approximately $1 billion, the CISE directorate at NSF has the mission to uphold the Nation’s leadership in scientific discovery and engineering innovation through its support of fundamental research and education in computer and information science and engineering as well as transformative advances in research cyberinfrastructure. While at NSF, Dr. Martonosi is on leave from Princeton University where she has been on the faculty since 1994 and is the Hugh Trumbull Adams '35 Professor of Computer Science. She has also served as Associate Dean of Princeton’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. In 2015-2016, she served within the US Department of State as a Jefferson Science Fellow. From 2017 to 2020, she was Director of Princeton’s Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education. Through that, she led Princeton’s efforts on cross-cutting educational initiatives in entrepreneurship, design, and the technology-society interface.

In her role at CISE, Dr. Martonosi works to advocate for and set the direction of research funding across the important topic areas comprised within the CISE space. Past CISE research funding has planted the seeds that have germinated into major scientific, economic, and societal impacts including advances in artificial intelligence, cloud computing, search, and fundamentals of computational theory and computer hardware and systems design. The directorate has also helped to catalyze transformative work on CISE education and workforce issues, including broad efforts on K-12 and undergraduate computer science education to move towards the goal of ensuring effective and accessible CISE education for all students. In addition, investments through the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure positioned within CISE have supported advanced computing systems and services, which have in turn enabled breakthroughs in all areas of science and engineering.

Dr. Martonosi's research interests are in computer architecture and hardware-software interface issues in both classical and quantum computing systems. Her work has included the widely-used Wattch power modeling tool which helped bring power-awareness into the computer architecture agenda, and the Princeton ZebraNet project which ushered in the field of mobile sensor networks through its design and real-world deployment of zebra tracking collars in Kenya. Her most recent work has led the application of classical architecture and compiler approaches to quantum computing (QC) systems, offering orders of magnitude improvement in the successful utilization of near-term QC implementations.

Dr. Martonosi is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Dr. Martonosi has also been a leader in diversity and inclusion efforts for her field. Dr. Martonosi’s work on these topics has been honored with the CRA Distinguished Service award and ACM SIGARCH Alan D. Berenbaum Distinguished Service Award.