Nelson named to head White House systems R&D office

Nelson named to head White House systems R&D office

NASA deputy CIO David Nelson last week became director of the National Coordination Office for IT Research and Development. He takes over for Cita Furlani, who had headed the office since October 2000.

Nelson also will co-chair the National Science and Technology Council's 12-member interagency working group on IT R&D. The coordination office and the interagency working group both are part of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The coordination office directs the planning, budget and assessment activities for nearly $2 billion worth of federal networking and IT R&D. It serves as the policy focal point for cross-agency IT research projects. The working group concentrates on high-end computing, large-scale networking, high-confidence systems, human-computer interaction, software design, and social and economic implications of IT.

Nelson has worked as NASA's deputy CIO for IT security since 1999 and co-chaired the Large Scale Networking Coordinating Group from 1995 to 2000.

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