Dr. Jim Kurose is an Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation, where he leads the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). With an annual budget of nearly $1B, CISE’s mission is to uphold the nation's leadership in scientific discovery and engineering innovation through its support of fundamental research in computer and information science and engineering, transformative advances in cyberinfrastructure, and preparation of a diverse computing-capable workforce. Jim also co-chairs the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program, the Subcommittee on Machine Learning and AI, and the Subcommittee on Open Science of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), facilitating the coordination of these research and development efforts across Federal agencies.Recently, Jim also served as the Assistant Director for Artificial Intelligence in the US Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Jim is on leave from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he is Distinguished University Professor of Computer Science.
Dr. Kurose received his Ph.D. in computer science from Columbia University and a BA degree in physics from Wesleyan University. He is a Fellow of the ACM and IEEE, and has received a number of research and education honors, including the ACM Sigcomm Lifetime Achievement Award, the IEEE Infocom Award, and the IEEE Computer Society Taylor Booth Education Medal.