Daniel A. Reed

Professor and University Computational Science and Bioinformatics Chair

201 GH
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By appointment

Daniel A. Reed is currently Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the University of Iowa.

Daniel Reed was Corporate Vice President at Microsoft from 2009 – 2012, responsible for global technology policy and extreme computing, and Director of Scalable and Multicore Computing at Microsoft from 2007 until 2009.  He founded the Renaissance Computing Institute in 2004 and served as its director until December 2007. He was also Chancellor’s Eminent Professor and served as senior adviser for strategy and innovation to Chancellor James Moeser, UNC-Chapel Hill. He served as CIO and Vice Chancellor for Information Technology Services at UNC-Chapel Hill from June 2004 through April 2007. Prior to that, he was Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), Gutgsell Professor and Head of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He was appointed to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), by President Bush, in 2006 and served on the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) from 2003–2005. As chair of PITAC’s computational science subcommittee, he was lead author of the report “Computational Science: Ensuring America’s Competitiveness.” On PCAST, he co-chaired the Networking and Information Technology subcommittee (with George Scalise of the Semiconductor Industry Association) and co-authored a report on the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) program called “Leadership Under Challenge: Information Technology R&D in Competitive World.” He is also a member of PCAST’s Personalized Medicine subcommittee.

Reed is the past chair of the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association (CRA) and currently serves on its Government Affairs Committee. CRA represents the research interests of the university, national laboratory and industrial research laboratory communities in computing across North America.

Along with being a Professor in the Computer Science and  Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and in the Carver College of Medicine, Reed is also the University Computational Science and Bioinformatics Chair. 


B.S. (summa cum laude), Computer Science, University of Missouri-Rolla, December 1978

M.S., Computer Science, Purdue University, May 1980

Ph.D., Computer Science, Purdue University, May 1983

Professional Memberships

  • Member, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 1978-present, Fellow, 2003-present
  • Member, IEEE, 1980-present, Fellow, 2004-present
  • Member, AAAS, 1986-present, Fellow, 2007-present
  • International Federation for Information Processing, Working Group WG10.3, 1993-present

Selected Publications

  • D. A. Reed et al, The New Global Ecosystem in Advanced Computing: Implications for U.S. Competitiveness and National Security, National Academies Press, 2012
  • D. A. Reed, D. B. Gannon and J. R. Larus, “Imagining the Future: Thoughts on Computing,” IEEE Computer, pp. 39-44, January 2012
  • G. Blair, F. Kon, W. Cirne, D. Milojicic, R. Ramakrishnan, D. Reed, and D. Silva, “Perspectives on Cloud Computing: Interviews with Five Leading Scientists from the Cloud Community,” Journal of Internet Services and Applications, Special Issue on Cloud Computing, Volume 2, No. 1, July 2011.
  • D. Da Silva, D. Reed and D. Xu (eds), Journal of Internet Services and Applications, Special Issue on Cloud Computing, Volume 2, No. 1, July 2011.

Curriculum Vitae

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