Francine Berman is Director of Public Interest Technology and Stuart Rice Honorary Research Professor in the Manning College of Information and Computer Sciences at UMass Amherst. She is also Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Berman is the first woman to run an NSF Supercomputer Center (the San Diego Supercomputer Center) and is a co-founder of the international Research Data Alliance, a community-driven organization that builds data infrastructure to support data sharing and data-driven research. Her scholarly work focuses on the human side of technology and its impacts and risks. Berman was appointed by President Obama to the citizen Council for the National Endowment for the Humanities, is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Public Administration, and spent 2019-2020 as a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard.
2009 recipient of the ACM/IEEE-CS Ken Kennedy Award, 2015 appointment to the National Council on the Humanities, 2019 election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2020 recipient of the Paul Evan Peters Award, 2020 Election as Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration