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Bruce Harmon, Ames Laboratory, (515) 294-8902
Skip Derra, News Service, (515) 294-4917


AMES, Iowa -- Four finalists for the position of director for academic information technology will visit Iowa State University over the next two weeks.

The four candidates are Stephen Elbert, program manager at the U.S. Department of Energy, Germantown, Md.; Peter Siegel, director of networking and computer systems at Cornell University Information Technologies, Ithaca, N.Y.; Thomas Moberg, special assistant to the president of the Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington, D.C.; and Samuel Trickey, professor of physics and chemistry at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

The director for academic information technology reports to the provost and oversees a staff of 65 at the Computation Center, which is the center for academic computing and information technologies at Iowa State. The new director will succeed George Strawn, who has been on leave from Iowa State since 1995 while serving with the National Science Foundation. Strawn is director of NSF's Division of Networking and Communication Research and Infrastructure.

Each candidate will visit Iowa State and meet with various campus groups. Each visit will include a public open forum from 8:30 - 10 a.m. in 144 Durham. The public forum schedule is:

Stephen Elbert is currently on assignment to the Department of Energy as program manager for Grand Challenge Applications. He also worked on DOE's $100 million Computational Science Initiative for FY2000, the Large Scale Networks Program and the High Performance Computing Research Facilities Program. Prior to this, he was manager of the Scalable Computing Lab at Ames Laboratory (1994 to 1997), a program manager at the Department of Energy (1992 to 1993) and a computational chemist at the Ames Laboratory (1975 to 1991). Elbert received a Ph.D. in theoretical chemistry from the University of Washington, Seattle, a B.S. in chemistry from Iowa State University and he was a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Bonn, Germany.

Peter Siegel is director of networking and computer systems for Cornell Information Technologies (CIT). In this position, Siegel is responsible for support of Cornell's campus central computing systems for administrative, research and library, as well as the campus communications infrastructure. Siegel also is responsible for CIT's outreach mission. From 1993 to 1997, Siegel was executive director of the Cornell Theory Center, a national center for high performance computing. He also was director of the Corporate Partnership Program of the Cornell Theory Center. From 1990 to 1993, he was the director of the Cornell National Supercomputer Facility. Siegel earned an M.A. in Linguistics (logical theory) from Cornell University, an M.A. in Linguistics (semantic and syntactic theory) and a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Hawaii, Honolulu.

Thomas Moberg is special assistant to the president of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). In this position, Moberg conducts research, assessment and outreach programs related to the infusion and impact of information technology on the medical profession. From 1994 to 1997, Moberg was vice president of information resources at the AAMC. He also has served as vice president of information and computing services (1988 to 1994) and director of academic computing (1987 to 1988) at Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio. From 1975 to 1987, Moberg held several positions including director of academic computing at Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa. Moberg earned a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Iowa, Iowa City; an M.S. in mathematics from North Dakota State University, Fargo; and a B.A. in mathematics from Bemidji State University, Bemidji, Minn.

Samuel Trickey is a professor of physics and chemistry at the University of Florida. From 1991 to 1996, he was the executive director of the Office of Information Technologies and Services at Florida. From 1982 to 1993, Trickey was the director of the J.C. Slater Memorial Computing Laboratory, the Quantum Theory Project and the departments of physics and chemistry at Florida. From 1986 to 1990, he was the director of Information Resources and Technological Programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Florida. Trickey earned a Ph.D. in theoretical physics and an M.S. in physics from Texas A&M University, College Station, and a B.A. in physics from Rice University, Houston.

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