Kevin Franklin

HPCwire's People to Watch 2010

Kevin Franklin

Kevin Franklin
Executive Director
Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts and Social Science (ICHASS)

IT has always struggled with how to bridge the chasm between the technologist and the humanist. Well Kevin is one of the guys who’s doing just that. As former Deputy Director of SDSC and former Executive Director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute, Kevin represents that rare individual who can straddle the divide between technology and the human condition.

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Kevin D. Franklin, EdD received degrees in Psychology and Education from Old Dominion University in Virginia. He holds a Doctorate of Education in Organization and Leadership from the University of San Francisco. Formerly Executive Director of the University of California System-wide Humanities Research Institute and Deputy Director of the University of California San Diego, Supercomputer Center (SDSC),Franklin was appointed as Executive Director of the University of Illinois Institute for Computing in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and Senior Research Scientist for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) in July of 2007.

Franklin is a principal co-founder of the Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC) and founder of the HASSgrid, a distributed Cyberinfrastructure supporting humanities, arts and social science data preservation and archives. Franklin is co-chair of the HASS Research Group for the Open Grid Forum (OGF), and a member of the Worldwide University Network Grid Advisory Board (WUN). In May 2007, Franklin co-guest edited Cyberinfrastructure Technology Watch for the issue Socializing Cyberinfrastructure: Networking the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. Franklin is also the HASS Editor for Grid Today and HPCWire.

In addition to his United States HASS Cyberinfrastructure work, Franklin leads a number of international research activities including the Advanced Research and Technology Collaborative for the Americas (ARTCA) which he founded in 2007. He is a Special Advisor to the Costa Rica-United States Foundation (CRUSA) and the Centro Nacional de Alta Technologia.

Franklin began his academic career teaching and coaching at San Francisco State University where he also directed the Urban Scholars Minority Student Outreach Program and was a Senior Fellow in the San Francisco Urban Institute. In recognition for his work in Education Reform and Minority Teacher Development, Franklin received the Old Dominion University Distinguished Alumni Award in 1996 and the Columbia University Teachers College, Klingenstein Center Leadership Award in 1997

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