Executive Leadership

Craig Knoblock, Ph.D.

Vice Dean of Engineering and Michael Keston Executive Director of the Information Sciences Institute and Research Professor of Computer Science and Spatial Sciences

Prior to serving as ISI's Michael Keston Executive Director, Knoblock was the director of ISI’s Artificial Intelligence division, one of the United States’ largest and most respected artificial intelligence (AI) laboratories, which spans the full range of AI expertise. In this appointment, Knoblock led a team of 31 highly regarded researchers working on leading-edge projects.

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Stephen Crago, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor

Associate Director, Information Sciences Institute

Stephen Crago, ISI's associate director, is responsible for managing projects and relationships with a select set of sponsors. He is also the director of ISI’s Computational Systems and Technology division, which seeks to solve complex science, engineering and defense problems through novel supercomputing and other approaches.

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James Whalen

Associate Director of ISI, Chief Financial Officer

James Whalen, ISI Associate Director, and Chief Financial Officer leads the Administrative Services division at ISI, an organization committed to providing world class support to the Institute's research community. Achieving this objective is the result of attracting, developing and retaining an excellent team of committed, skilled and knowledgeable individuals in the areas of pre- and post-award.

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Yigal Arens, Ph.D.

Senior Director for Administrative Affairs: Research Professor

Yigal Arens, ISI’s senior director for administrative affairs, oversees administrative operations, working closely with division leaders to foster a culture of excellence in operational performance.

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Terry Benzel

Research Scientist, Director of the Networking and Cybersecurity Division

Terry Benzel leads several major cybersecurity research initiatives, including cyber-education, cyber-experimentation ecosystems and tools, and strategic global partnering for cybersecurity.

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Elizabeth Boschee

Senior Supervising Computer Scientist, Research Team Leader, Director of ISI's Boston (MA) Office

Elizabeth Boschee is the director of ISI’s Boston office and a research lead focusing on information extraction and language understanding technology.

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Lifu Chang, Ph.D.

Director of The MOSIS Service

Lifu Chang envisions The MOSIS Service as the semiconductor manufacturing and yield enablement provider for advanced chip designs.

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John Damoulakis, Ph.D.

Senior Supervising Computer Scientist

Senior Director for Special Projects

John Damoulakis has more than 30 years’ experience in research concept definition, advanced technology development, technology transition to operations, and technology management.

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Yolanda Gil, Ph.D.

Research Professor of Computer Science and of Spatial Sciences

Director for Major Strategic AI and Data Science Initiatives

Dr. Yolanda Gil is Director of Knowledge Technologies and Associate Division Director at the Information Sciences Institute of the University of Southern California, and Research Professor in Computer Science and in Spatial Sciences.

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Carl Kesselman, Ph.D.

Director, Informatics Systems Research Division

Information Sciences Institute Fellow

Carl Kesselman leads ISI's Informatics Systems Research division. Created to help transform the discovery processes, practice and delivery of healthcare worldwide.

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Eileen Lu

Chief Information Officer, Director of CIS

As Chief Information Officer of ISI, Eileen Lu provides the vision and leadership in information technology necessary to advance the Institute’s research mission and direction.

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Derek Mikuriya, MBA

Director of Human Resources

In his role Director of Human Resources for ISI, Derek will implement HR strategies focusing on talent attraction, talent development and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).

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Pedro Szekely, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor, Director of the Artificial Intelligence Division, Principal Scientist

Pedro Szekeley leads ISI’s Artificial Intelligence division. He is also a research director for ISI’s Data Science and Machine Learning group and a research associate professor.

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John Wroclawski

Senior Director for Strategic Initiatives

As ISI’s senior director for strategic initiatives, John works with leaders and researchers across the institute to create a diverse research portfolio and develop new, boundary-spanning initiatives.

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