Daniel Fay has over 20 years’ experience working with advanced and cutting edge computing technologies.  He is currently the Senior Director of Strategic Engagements for Microsoft Research, and uses his broad insight in software and hardware to define and lead engagement strategies for new and emerging technologies.  In continually being at the convergence of new technologies, Dan has gained knowledge, expertise, and insight across a wide variety of technologies and domains.  This has included leading multidisciplinary teams to collaborate on addressing scientific challenges as well as developing new programs (ie. Azure for Research) to bring Cloud Computing to Academic Researchers. Dan has project experience working with Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, High Performance Computing, Grid Computing, collaboration and visualization tools in scientific research.  Before joining Microsoft in 1992, Dan was a senior software engineer with Digital Equipment Corporation working on OSF/1 and embedded network devices. Dan is a graduate of Northeastern University in Electrical and Computer Engineering.






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Jim Kurose is serving as Assistant Director at the National Science Foundation, where he has led the Directorate of Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) since 2015. With an annual budget of more than $900 million, CISE’s mission is to support fundamental research in computer and information science and engineering, and transformative advances in cyberinfrastructure. Since April 2018, he has also been serving as Assistant Director for Artificial Intelligence in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. He has co-chaired the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), providing overall coordination for the activities of 17 government agencies. He has also co-chaired the NSTC’s subcommittees on Open Science, and on Machine Learning and AI.

Kurose is a Distinguished University Professor, currently on leave, from the College of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He received his PhD in computer science from Columbia University, and a BA in physics from Wesleyan University. He has received a number of awards for his research and teaching, including the IEEE Infocom Achievement Award, the ACM SIGCOMM Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the IEEE Computer Society Taylor L. Booth Education Award. Along with Keith Ross, he is co-author of the textbook, Computer Networking, A Top-down Approach, now in its seventh edition. He is a Fellow of the ACM and the IEEE.