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Sylvia J. Spengler

(703) 292-7347
(703) 292-9073
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Program Director

Program Responsibilities:
Collaborations in Artificial Intelligence and Geosciences (CAIG)
Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)
Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI)
Design for Environmental Sustainability in Computing (DESC)
IIS: Information Integration and Informatics (III)
Pathways to Enable Open-Source Ecosystems (POSE)
Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC)
Smart Health and Biomedical Research in the Era of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Data Science (SCH)
Training-based Workforce Development for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure


Sylvia Spengler is program director in Division of Information and Intelligent System (IIS) within the CISE Directorate at the National Science Foundation. She also served as program officer for the Biological Databases and Informatics in BIO/DBI. Prior to joining NSF, she was a Director of Department of Energy (DOE) Human Genome Program Field Operations. She served as Co-Director of the Program in Mathematics and Molecular Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Her many honors include Senior Fellow of the American Cancer Society, and National Institutes of Health (NIH) Postdoctoral Fellow. As a member of DOE ELSI panels, she has been involved in evaluating the ethical, legal and social implications of human genome research. Dr. Spengler's many publications include co-authorship of the DOE's Primer of Molecular Biology.

As part of her work with the Human Genome Project Dr. Spengler has been involved in many types of public outreach including lectures given to college students, judges, and appearances on public television.