Francine Berman has spent the last three decades at the forefront of digital innovation. She is the first woman to run an NSF Supercomputer Center (the San Diego Supercomputer Center) and co-founded the Research Data Alliance to build global data infrastructure. Her research focuses on the human side of technology and its impacts and risks. Berman is the Hamilton Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. She 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 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