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University Advisory Board

Katherine S. Newman assumed the office of Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in the Fall of 2014.  The Chief Academic Officer of the campus, she provides leadership for the mission of the University in education, research, service and the impact of UMass in the community and the state of Massachusetts. In 2010 Newman joined Johns Hopkins as the James B. Knapp Dean and a professor of sociology at the Krieger School. There she expanded the Arts and Sciences faculty, improved faculty support, and worked to elevate the stature of the arts within the undergraduate curriculum. Much of Newman’s scholarly work has focused on the lives of the working poor and mobility up and down the economic ladder. She also has investigated the impact of tax policy on the poor; the history of public opinion’s impact on poverty policy; school violence; and the impact of globalization on young people in Italy, Spain, Japan, and South Africa, among other issues.


Jim is the executive director of the UMass Innovation Institute (UMII).  UMII serves as the campus portal for industry collaborations and is designed to increase opportunities for research support and to efficiently and effectively move research outcomes from campus laboratories into society. In his prior role, he served as the Director for the Center for UMass/Industry Research on Polymers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.



Michael F. Malone, the Ronnie and Eugene M. Isenberg Distinguished Professor of Engineering was appointed Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement in August of 2009. Previously, Professor Malone served as Dean of the College of Engineering since 2004. He was named to the Isenberg Professorship in 2003, which was created to enhance interdisciplinary teaching and research between fields of management, engineering and science. Previous to his position as Dean, Professor Malone served as Department Head for the Department of Chemical Engineering from 1997 - 2002.


Lori A. Clarke  is co-director of the Laboratory for Advanced Software Engineering Research (LASER). She is a Fellow of the ACM and IEEE, and a board member of the Computing Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W). She has written numerous papers, served on many program committees, and was program co-chair of the 14th and general chair of the 25th International Conference on Software Engineering. She has been a Principal Investigator on a number of NSF, DoD, and DARPA projects. Dr. Clarke's research is in the area of software engineering, primarily focusing on verification and requirements engineering for human-intensive systems. She has been investigating techniques for detecting errors and safety and security vulnerabilities in complex processes in domains such as healthcare and digital government. She is also involved in several efforts to increase participation of underrepresented groups in computing research.