George Strawn


As the National Science Foundation’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), Dr. George O. Strawn guides the agency in the development and design of innovative information technology—working to enable NSF staff and the international community of scientists, engineers and educators to improve business practices and pursue new methods of scientific communication, collaboration and decision-making.

Since joining the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1991, Dr. Strawn has served NSF in numerous roles. For the past four years (1999-2002), prior to his appointment as CIO, Dr. Strawn worked in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), serving three years as the Executive Officer and one year as the Acting Assistant Director. From 1995 through 1998 he was Director of the CISE Division of Advanced Networking Infrastructure and Research where, among other things, he led NSF's efforts in the Presidential Next Generation Internet Initiative, an initiative that created the first national high performance network testbed.

Prior to working at NSF, Dr. Strawn was a computer science faculty member at Iowa State University (ISU). From 1986 to 1995 he served as Director of the ISU Computation Center. Under his leadership, ISU became a charter member of the regional NSFNET network, MIDnet, and ISU created a thousand-workstation academic system based on an extension of the MIT Athena system.

Dr. Strawn currently serves as co-chair of both the interagency Large Scale Networking Working Group and the international Coordinating Committee for Intercontinental Research Networks. He has also served as co-chair of the interagency Federal Networking Council from 1995 to 1997.

He holds a PhD in Mathematics from Iowa State University and an undergraduate degree from Cornell College.

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