Professor Kenneth G. Powell will serve as interim Associate Vice President for Research – Research Cyberinfrastructure in the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), beginning September 1, 2012. As interim Associate VP, he will oversee the operations of the Office of Research Cyberinfrastructure (ORCI).
Prof. Powell will succeed Prof. Daniel Atkins, who will be returning to the faculty to pursue research on cyber-enabled learning. During his tenure as Associate VP, Prof. Atkins established ORCI as a platform of technological and human support for advanced, integrated computation and information resources in the service of research and learning. Prof. Powell’s appointment in OVPR will continue until the AVP position is permanently filled through a process now underway with a search committee headed by Prof. James Penner-Hahn.
An active user of advanced research computing resources, Prof. Powell is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Director of the Center for Advanced Computing in the College of Engineering. At ORCI, he has been Director for Research Services and Computing and Information Resources for Research as a Utility Service (CIRRUS), which lays the foundation for the expansion of U-M’s research cyberinfrastructure capabilities.
Prof. Powell earned his S.B. in mathematics and aeronautics in 1982, his S.M. in aeronautics in 1984 and his Sc.D. in aeronautics in 1987, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the University of Michigan as an assistant professor in 1987, was promoted to associate professor in 1993 and to professor in 2000. Prof. Powell was appointed as the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in 2002 and served as the interim Chair of Aerospace Engineering from 2010-2011. He has an outstanding history of honors and awards, as well as service on numerous U-M committees, throughout his career.