Ed Lazowska, the University of Washington’s outspoken advocate for computer science education, is taking his show national.
He was named the first chair of the Computing Community Consortium, a new group formed by the National Science Foundation and the Computing Reseach Association.
The CRA blog made the announcement:
In his new role, Dr. Lazowska will lead the CCC — a consortium of experts drawn from and chosen by the computing research community — as it seeks to stimulate scientific leadership and vision on issues related to computing research and future large-scale computing research projects. The CCC, established by CRA in partnership with NSF, will catalyze the computing research community to debate long-range research challenges, to build consensus around research visions, to articulate those visions, and to develop the most promising visions into clearly defined initiatives.
Lazowska will apparently keep his day job as the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair at UW, according to an engineering school spokeswoman, but I’m still trying to reach him for confirmation.
UPDATE: He’s staying at UW. The consortium gig is part time, he said via email:
“Half-time position, located here. Big hill to climb, but important to make the effort.”