Dr. Francine Berman is the Edward G. Hamilton Distinguished Professor in Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and a Fellow of the IEEE. In 2009, Berman was the inaugural recipient of the ACM/IEEE-CS Ken Kennedy Award for influential leadership in the design, development, and deployment of national-scale cyberinfrastructure. Prior to joining Rensselaer, Berman was Professor in the UC San Diego Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and first holder of the High Performance Computing Endowed Chair in the Jacobs School of Engineering. From 2001 to 2009, Berman served as Director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) where she led a staff of 250+ interdisciplinary scientists, engineers, and technologists. From 2009 to 2012, she served as Vice President for Research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, stepping down in 2012 to lead U.S. participation in the Research Data Alliance (RDA). Berman is co-Chair of the RDA Council.