Francine Berman is the Hamilton Distinguished Professor in Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). She is a Fellow of the AAAS, IEEE, and ACM. In 2009, Berman was the inaugural recipient of the ACM/IEEE-CS Ken Kennedy Award for "influential leadership in the design, development, and deployment of national-scale cyberinfrastructure." In 2015, she was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become a member of the National Council on the Humanities. Berman is a founder of the Research Data Alliance, a community-driven international organization created to accelerate research data sharing. She has served in many leadership positions including as Director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center, co-Chair of the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information, and co-Chair of the US-UK Blue Ribbon Task Force for Sustainable Digital Preservation. Berman currently serves as a Trustee of the Sloan Foundation and the Anita Borg Institute. Her research interests include data cyberinfrastructure, stewardship, preservation and policy, and social and ethical impact of the Internet of Things.