Dr. Jim Kurose is the Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). He leads the CISE Directorate, with an annual budget of more than $850 million, in its mission 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 and transformative advances in cyberinfrastructure. Dr. Kurose also serves as co-chair of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council Committee on Technology, facilitating the coordination of networking and information technology research and development efforts across Federal agencies.
Dr. Kurose is on leave from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst), where he has served as Distinguished Professor at the School of Computer Science since 2004. He has also served in a number of administrative roles at UMass Amherst including Chair of the Department of Computer Science, Interim Dean and Executive Associate Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and senior faculty advisor to the vice chancellor for research and engagement. In addition, Dr. Kurose has been a Visiting Scientist at IBM Research, INRIA, Institut EURECOM, the University of Paris, the Laboratory for Information, Network and Communication Sciences, and Technicolor Research Labs.