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Rajiv Gupta to advise President's Council

By University Communications
May 31, 2006

Professor Rajiv Gupta of The University of Arizona's department of computer science has been appointed by President George Bush to the Network and Information Technology Technical Advisory Group, a part of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

The council advises the president on matters involving science and technology policy, scientific research priorities and mathematics and science education. The council is part of the president's executive office and was formed in 2001 through an executive order from the president.

Council members are presidentially appointed and are drawn from industry, education and research institutions. Since its creation, the council has been expanded and currently consists of 35 members and the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy who serves as the council's co-chair.

Professor Gupta's field of expertise include advanced computer architectures and embedded systems which are computers used in specific application devices such as wireless PDAs, cell phones, computer networking routers and home automation.

Current council membership includes Michael Dell, chairman of the board of Dell Inc.; Martin J. Jischke, President of Purdue University; and Ralph Gomory, president the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The council has provided the president with reports on such technological developments as nanotechnology, information technology competitiveness, technology transfer and the science and technology of combating terrorism.

The Technical Advisory Group will be undertaking a review of the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program and report its findings to the council. The technical advisory group is composed of experts in networking and information technology research and development.