In May 2015 EDUCAUSE and Jisc convened a new working group of ten UK and U.S. IT leaders and challenged them to explore the question “How do we best prepare the next generation to lead?”
BiographyGerry McCartney is one of the nation's leading technology innovators in higher education. While under his leadership as CIO, Purdue University developed the nation's largest cyberinfrastructure for campus faculty; became the world's leader in tools for scientific collaboration, by developing scientific research hubs and DiaGrid, the nation's largest academic distributed computing grid; and became the national leader in developing classrooms apps that boost student success, such as Signals, HotSeat, and Mixable. This was accomplished while simultaneously reducing the operational budget by $10 million and consolidating units in a 2011 campus-wide restructuring of information technology resources. From 1993-2004, McCartney was associate dean and chief information officer at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. McCartney is currently the Purdue Olga Oesterle England Professor of Information Technology. He oversees all central computing (research, academic and administrative) as well as networking and telecommunications systems on the West Lafayette campus.
Over the past six years, Purdue developed and continues to implement the Purdue Community Cluster Program, a collaborative model for high-performance computing that meets the needs of Purdue's research community.