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Washington, DC – The Computing Research Association (CRA) announced today that Dr. Tracy Camp will become the organization’s fourth executive director in its 50-year history. Camp, currently head of the computer science department at the Colorado School of Mines (Mines), brings to the post a wealth of experience as a leader in the national computer science research community, a history at the forefront of diversity initiatives, equity and inclusion in IT, and a detailed vision to lead the organization into the future. She will assume the role on July 1, 2022.

As the Managing Director, Camp will seek to build on the ARC’s existing leadership role in the computational research community and work to help the community pursue bold research visions, practice and champion computational research. socially responsible, to encourage the participation of diverse populations in research and to continue to advocate for strong federal support for science and technology.

“We are delighted to welcome someone of Tracy’s exceptional caliber,” said CRA Board Chair Nancy Amato. “She is a proven leader with an impressive breadth and depth of experience and achievement, both nationally and in her institution. As founding director of the CS department at Mines, she oversaw a major expansion of faculty and student numbers, while simultaneously increasing diversity.

“Tracy has a broad and inclusive view of IT, a deep understanding of the funding mechanisms and reward structures that affect IT research, as well as excellent managerial skills and experience,” continued Amato. “She is the ideal leader for the next phase of the RCAF and I couldn’t be more delighted that she said ‘yes’ to this role.”

Camp has previous experience with the CRA having served for many years in various volunteer capacities. She is currently a member of the board of directors of the ARC Committee on Broadening Participation in Computing Research, where she served as co-chair from 2011 to 2014. Camp has also been an influential member of the board of directors. RCAF from 2012 to 2016. She chaired the committee. who produced the 2017 report Generation CS: CS undergraduate enrollment has increased since 2006.

“I am extremely excited to be the next Director General of the RCAF, following in the footsteps of three impressive past RCAF leaders,” Camp said. “Several major issues exist in the world of computational research today which has created many opportunities for positive transformative change. and the community in general for the benefit of computer research and society in general.

“CRA has been instrumental in advancing my career and can and should be instrumental in advancing the careers of everyone involved in computer science research. “

In his new role, Camp will lead an organization with close ties to other leading IT organizations. The leaders of these organizations today expressed their support for his appointment.

My congratulations to Tracy on her new role as CRA Executive Director. I look forward to working with her to further expand the work of our two organizations by bringing together an increasingly diverse community in the IT professions. – Melissa Russell, Executive Director, IEEE-Computer Society

On behalf of USENIX, we are delighted to learn of the appointment of Tracy Camp to the role of Chief Executive Officer of the CRA. Dr. Camp is an incredibly distinguished leader in our field with an exceptional record of service and innovation – often in combination with each other. His particular dedication to increasing computer representation will serve the CRA particularly well in its next chapter. – Casey Henderson, Executive Director, USENIX

I am very pleased to hear that Dr. Tracy Camp is joining the CRA as the new Executive Director. AAIA and CRA have worked well together on our many common interests. We look forward to further collaborations in these exciting times for AI and IT in general. – Bart Selman, President, AAAI

At ACM, we are delighted that Tracy Camp is joining the CRA as Executive Director. Over the years, Tracy has shown her commitment to the research community, holding leadership positions for many leading conferences and journals in her field. She has also worked tirelessly to expand women’s participation in IT through her involvement with CRA-W, ACM-W and NCWIT. Tracy’s appointment is certainly on the cards and we look forward to working with her in her new role. – Vicki Hanson, CEO and Executive Director, ACM

SIAM is delighted to welcome Dr Camp as the new Executive Director of the CRA! We look forward to his leadership as we work together to advance computer research and have a positive impact on our society. – Suzanne L. Weekes, Executive Director, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

As the voice of IT in Canada, CS-Can | Info-Can looks forward to working with Tracy Camp in her new role as ARC’s Executive Director. Dr. Camp’s success in increasing the participation of women and students from under-represented groups specializing in computer science and her impressive and influential research background will serve the CRA well in its mission to represent the computer science research community and to make changes that benefit both research informatics and society at large. – Adele Newton, Executive Director, CSCan-InfoCan

Camp joined the ARC after leaving the Colorado School of Mines, where she has been a faculty member since 1998 and head of the computer science department at Mines since 2016. Camp’s research interests revolve around wireless networks. It 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 twelve software packages developed by his research group (in June 2021) and his research articles have been cited 14,794 times (according to Google Scholar, in June 2021).

Camp has received more than 20 grants from the National Science Foundation, including a prestigious CAREER award. In total, its projects have received more than $ 20 million in external funding.

Camp is an ACM Fellow, an IEEE Fellow and an ACM Distinguished Lecturer. She was a Fulbright Fellow 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, her MA in Computer Science from Michigan State University. and his doctorate. in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary.

Camp will be the first woman to hold the post of Director General at the CRA. She succeeds Andrew Bernat, who served the RCAF for almost 20 years before retiring in September 2021. Peter Harsha, Director of Government Affairs for the CRA, will continue to serve as Interim Executive Director of CRA until July 1, 2022.

About the CRA
The ARC represents more than 200 North American organizations active in computer science research: university departments of computer science and computer engineering; laboratories and centers in industry, government and universities; and affiliated professional societies. Its mission is to catalyze computational research by partnering with industry, government and academia – a role it plays in leading the computational research community; inform decision-makers and the public, and defend a diverse, welcoming, equitable and socially responsible computer research community. For more information, see

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