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March 27, 2007

Reed named chancellor’s senior adviser for strategy and innovation

CHAPEL HILL – Dr. Daniel A. Reed, Chancellor’s Eminent Professor and director of the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named senior adviser to the chancellor for strategy and innovation and executive director of an expanded RENCI.

In the new roles, Reed will work with Moeser, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Bernadette Gray-Little, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development Tony Waldrop and faculty to develop new multidisciplinary research initiatives. Reed will also oversee an expansion of RENCI, which he founded in 2004.

Moeser said Reed’s new appointment and the RENCI expansion will be instrumental in securing $1 billion in external research funding by 2015. Moeser announced the external research funding goal in his September 2006 “State of the University” address.

“Dan Reed turns big ideas into reality,” Moeser said. “Since his arrival at Carolina, he has assembled world-class computing and technology resources that enhance this University’s ability to find innovative solutions to complex, multidisciplinary problems.”

Reed said, “Our goal is the creation of wide-ranging initiatives – the kind of big research and academic ideas that will have transforming benefits for North Carolina and the world.”

RENCI is a collaboration of UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, N.C. State University and the state of North Carolina. Its mission is to foster a “renaissance” atmosphere by building multidisciplinary collaborations among research teams aimed at finding solutions to the most important problems of our time.

RENCI is a collaboration of UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, N.C. State University and the state of North Carolina. Its mission is to foster a “renaissance” atmosphere by building multidisciplinary collaborations among research teams aimed at finding solutions to the most important problems of our time.

With enhanced state and federal support, RENCI will grow with additional faculty and staff. It also will integrate research computing, storage capabilities and new technology initiatives from UNC’s Information Technology Services into an advanced research infrastructure to support the campus and RENCI’s statewide virtual organization.  

Reed also will develop a branch of RENCI that will leverage UNC faculty expertise and advanced technologies to catalyze new multidisciplinary research opportunities. Called RENCI at UNC-Chapel Hill, it will provide a wide range of technological resources to the university’s major collaborative research activities. It will be an integral component of the statewide RENCI organization, which fosters partnerships at campuses and in communities across the state, and will contribute to the institute’s ongoing statewide initiatives in areas such as emergency response.

This integrated infrastructure also will complement and support RENCI’s statewide outreach mission. The expanded presence at UNC will elevate RENCI into one of the premier technology and research centers in the nation, with a total staff of more than 100 professionals supported by some of the world’s most advanced computing capabilities.

Reed will assume his new role in April, and a national search will be launched for a new CIO, who will report to the provost. The CIO will manage the educational and administrative services components of the campus ITS. During the search, Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology John Oberlin will serve as interim CIO.

In his three years at Carolina, Reed has served the dual roles of RENCI director and CIO for the ITS. During that time, the revamped ITS has integrated campus computing services, helped launch the campus Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) process, and enhanced services for education, research, administration and outreach.

Reed is a member of President Bush’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, charged with providing advice on science and American competitiveness, and chair of the board of the Computing Research Association, which represents major academic departments and industrial research laboratories in North America. He chairs the policy board for the National Research Scientific Computing Center and is a member of the electronic records advisory board for the National Archives. He came to Carolina from the University of Illinois in 2004, where he was director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

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