Chair Mark D. Hill assumes leadership role in national service organization

On July 1, Mark D. Hill, chair of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Computer Sciences, will add a national leadership role to his duties.  Hill will become vice chair of the Computing Community Consortium (CCC), a body of the Computing Research Association headquartered in Washington, DC.

The vice chair role is a two-year term, after which the holder normally becomes CCC chair.

The mission of the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is to catalyze the computing research community and enable the pursuit of innovative, high-impact research.

Says Hill, an expert in computer architecture who has been at UW since 1988, “I’m honored to become CCC vice chair and then, in two years, chair.  Not only does this enable me to foster information technology programs and opportunities nationally, it brings national recognition to UW and our world-class computer sciences department. I look forward to working with national colleagues to advance our field, and also sharing with them some of the amazing research happening in Madison.”

CCC conducts activities that strengthen the research community, articulate compelling research visions, and align those visions with pressing national and global challenges. CCC communicates the importance of those visions to policymakers, government and industry stakeholders, the public, and the research community itself. Its council consists of a chair, vice chair, executive committee, and fifteen council members from various academic institutions and industries across the country.

At UW, Hill is the John P. Morgridge Professor and Gene M. Amdahl Professor of Computer Sciences and Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering. Hill co-authored CCC white papers  Accelerating Science: A Computing Research Agenda and Opportunities and Challenges for Next Generation Computing, the latter which was released in support of the White House nanotechnology-inspired grand challenge in October 2015. Prior to joining the CCC, he was the leader of a 2012 CCC whitepaper  21st Century Computer Architecture.

Elizabeth D. Mynatt, Professor of Interactive Computing and the Executive Director of Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology, will assume the role of Chair of the CCC.

Greg Hager, Mandell Bellmore Professor of Computer Science at the Johns Hopkins University and Director of the Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare, will assume the role of Past Chair of the CCC, as he steps down after a two-year term.

To learn more about Mynatt, Hager and the CCC itself, visit its blog or website.


[Photo of Mark D. Hill by Bob Rashid]