Pitt Professor Named to Presidential Advisory Committee


José-Marie GriffithsPITTSBURGH—José-Marie Griffiths, the Doreen E. Boyce Chair and Professor of Information Science, Library Science, and Telecommunications in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, has been named by President George W. Bush to the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) for a two-year term.

Griffiths joined Pitt in March 2001. Prior to her appointment, she served as chief information officer and professor of information science at the University of Michigan. Griffiths holds the B.S. degree in physics and the Ph.D. degree in information science from the University College, London.

PITAC was established by Executive Order and is chartered by Congress under the High-Performance Computing Act of 1991 and the Next Generation Internet Act of 1998. PITAC will help guide the administration’s efforts to accelerate the development and adoption of information technologies considered vital for American prosperity in the 21st century.

PITAC members, who are all leading IT experts from industry and academia, will provide the president with expert, independent advice on maintaining America’s preeminence in advanced information technologies, including such important elements of the national IT infrastructure as high performance computing, large-scale networking, and high assurance software and systems design.