December 17, 2021 — The Computing Research Association (CRA) announced today that Dr. Tracy Camp becomes the organization’s fourth executive director in its 50-year history. Camp, currently the division chief of computer science at the Colorado School of Mines (Mines), brings to the fore a strong experience as a leader in the national-level computing research community, a history of leading the way in diversity, equity, and inclusion in computing, and a detailed vision to lead the organization into the future. She will take on the role on July 1, 2022.
As Executive Director, Camp will seek to build on CRA’s existing leadership role in the computing research community and work to help the community pursue bold research visions, practice and advocate for socially responsible computing research, the participation of diverse populations in research encourage and continue to advocate strong federal support for science and technology.
“We are delighted to have someone of Tracy’s exceptional caliber on board,” said CRA Board Chair Nancy Amato. “She is a proven leader with an impressive breadth and depth of experience and achievement both nationally and within her institution. As the head of the Founding CS Department at Mines, she oversaw a major expansion of faculty and student enrollment while increasing diversity.”
“Tracy has a broad and comprehensive view of computing, a deep understanding of the funding mechanisms and reward structures that affect computing research, and excellent management capabilities and experience,” continued Amato. “She is the ideal leader for the next phase of CRA and I couldn’t be happier that she said ‘yes’ to this role.”
Camp has previous experience with CRA and has served in a variety of volunteer roles for many years. She is a current board member of the CRA Committee on Widening Participation in Computing Research, where she co-chaired from 2011 to 2014. Camp was also an influential member of the CRA Board of Directors from 2012 to 2016. She led the committee that produced the 2017 report Generation CS: CS Undergraduate Enrollments Rising Since 2006.
“I am thrilled to become the next CRA Executive Director, following in the footsteps of three impressive former CRA leaders,” said Camp. “Several major challenges exist in the computational research world today, which has created many opportunities for positive transformative change. I look forward to working with CRA’s exceptional staff, board members and wider community on behalf of computational research and the society as a whole.”
“CRA has played an important role in my career development and can and should play an important role in the career development of everyone involved in computer research.”
In her new role, Camp will lead an organization that has strong ties to other leading IT organizations. Leaders in those organizations expressed support for her appointment today.
Congratulations to Tracy on her new role as CRA Executive Director. I look forward to working with her to further expand the work of both our organizations by bringing together an increasingly diverse community in the computing professions. – Melissa Russell, Executive Director, IEEE-Computer Society
On behalf of USENIX, we are pleased to learn of the appointment of Tracy Camp as Executive Director of CRA. dr. Camp is an incredibly distinguished leader in our field with an exceptional track record and innovation, often in tandem. Its particular commitment to increasing representation in computer science will serve CRA particularly well in the next chapter. – Casey Henderson, Executive Director, USENIX
I am very pleased to hear that Dr. Tracy Camp joins the CRA as its new Executive Director. AAAI and CRA have worked well together on our many shared interests. We look forward to further collaborations in these exciting times for AI and computing in general. – Bart Selman, chairman, AAAI
We at ACM are delighted that Tracy Camp is joining CRA as Executive Director. Over the years, Tracy has shown her commitment to the research community and has held leadership roles for many of the leading conferences and journals in her field. She has also worked tirelessly to increase women’s participation in computer science through her involvement with CRA-W, ACM-W and NCWIT. Tracy’s appointment is certainly in keeping with the zeitgeist and we look forward to working with her in her new role. – Vicki Hanson, CEO and Executive Director, ACM
SIAM is pleased Dr. Camp as the new Executive Director of CRA! We look forward to her leadership as we work together to advance computational research and have a positive impact on our society. – Suzanne L. Weekes, Executive Director, Association of Industrial and Applied Mathematics
CS-Can|Info-Can, Canada’s voice in computer science, looks forward to working with Tracy Camp in her new role as Executive Director of CRA. The success of Dr. Camp in increasing the participation of women and students from underrepresented groups majoring in computer science and her impressive and influential track record in research will serve CRA well in its mission to represent the computer research community and drive change which benefit both computer research and society as a whole. – Adele Newton, Executive Director, CSCan-InfoCan
Camp joins Colorado School of Mines’ CRA, where she has been a faculty member since 1998 and the Department of Computer Science at Mines since 2016. Camp’s research interests lie in wireless networks. She is best known for improving the credibility of wireless network simulation studies. More than 4,000 researchers in 88 countries/regions have downloaded at least one of the 12 software packages developed by her research group (as of June 2021) and her research articles have been cited 14,794 times (per Google Scholar, as of June 2021).
Camp has received more than 20 grants from the National Science Foundation, including a prestigious CAREER award. In total, her projects have received more than $20 million dollars in outside funding.
Camp is an ACM Fellow, an IEEE Fellow and an ACM Distinguished Lecturer. She was a Fulbright Scholar in New Zealand in 2006, and a Distinguished Visitor at the University of Bonn in Germany in 2010. She received her BA in Mathematics from Kalamazoo College, MS in Computer Science from Michigan State University, and Ph.D. in computer science from the College of William and Mary.
Camp will be the first woman to serve as an Executive Director at CRA. She succeeds Andrew Bernat, who served with CRA for nearly 20 years before retiring in September 2021. Peter Harsha, CRA’s Director of Government Affairs, will remain as CRA’s Interim Executive Director until July 1, 2022.
CRA represents more than 200 North American organizations active in computer research: academic departments of computer science and computer engineering; laboratories and centers in industry, government and academia; and affiliated professional associations. Its mission is to catalyze computational research by partnering with industry, government and academia – a role it plays by leading the computational research community; informing policy makers and the public, and advocating for a diverse, welcoming, equitable and socially responsible computer research community. For more information, see cra.org.
Source: Shar Steed, CRA