Service

I view service as an integral part of faculty life, contributing to self-governing mechanisms in universities and within scientific disciplines, as well as in society. The following are highlights of my recent service adventures.

In the academic community…I serve as Associate Editor of the top-ranked ICTD journal Information Technology & International Development (ITID). This open access journal published by the USC Annenberg Press, showcases cutting edge developments in theory and technology.

I also provide service to the ICTD conference community, having served on the program committee for a number of years, co-chairing the Notes program in 2016 (with Janaki Srinivasan of IIIT) and the Program Committee in 2017 (with Richard Anderson of University of Washington).

The academic family at TPRC2012: former students Annemijn and Ankur (PhDs 2008) with my advisor Bill Melody

For many years I’ve been an active member of the  TPRC community – the premier organization, bringing together academic, industry and government leaders to discuss and debate critical policy issues in our evolving information society. I serve on its board and  have previously served as its chair.

At Penn State…From September 2014 to June 2015 I served as Interim Associate Dean for Graduate and Undergraduate Studies for the College of IST. I also serve on the Rock Ethics Institute Internal Advisory Board, am a member of the University’s Open Access Task Force, and serve as a faculty senator for the 2017-2018 academic year.

For science…From 2010-2012 I served as a Program Manager in the U.S. National Science Foundation, first in the Office of International Science and Engineering and next in the Office of Cyberinfrastructure.          

During this time I traveled to Iraq to assist in a workshop to further develop Iraqi science and technology policy. Critical issues included the role and function of universities in training scientists but also as centers for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Baghdad ’12 – Ready for helicopter flight to U.S. embassy

Kuwait City – Airport