Jim Leous leads the Emerging Technologies Group for Penn State's Information Technology Services (ITS). In this role, he reports to the Associate Vice Provost for Information Technology/Deputy CIO and evaluates emerging and evolving technologies supporting Penn State's mission of teaching, research, and service. The Emerging Technologies Group has on-going investigations in cyberinfrastructure, cloud computing, collaborative software, mobile computing, and secure mobile networks. In addition to his role with the Emerging Technologies Group, Mr. Leous co-chairs the Penn State IT Architects in Academia (ITANA). The group consists of 16 IT architects from different units of ITS which develop various aspects of enterprise architecture for Penn State.
Previous to joining Emerging Technologies, he managed the UNIX Systems and Technical Solutions Group in ITS. USTS was responsible for the development of Penn State Personal Web Service, the deployment and development of enterprise filesystems, UNIX student computer labs, and the Web virtual hosting system. In addition, USTS handled the licensing of many of the computational, visualization, and UNIX specific software for Penn State.
Before joining ITS, Mr. Leous was a Faculty Research Associate with Penn State's Earth System Science Center where he managed computational, networking, and visualization resources as well as a Cray vector supercomputer. During his tenure with the ESSC Computational Facility, it rose from a center specific facility to a College-wide resource.
He has taught courses in the Penn State College of Engineering, the Eberly College of Science, and the Smeal College of Business at the graduate and undergraduate level. He currently advises the Penn State Linux Users' Group and has served as the chair of the Penn State UNIX Administrators' Group.
Mr. Leous has a B.S. in Physics from The University of Notre Dame and an M.S. in Astronomy and Astrophysics from The Pennsylvania State University.