2004 Purdue–Silicon Valley Symposia

"Learning and Discovery - Anytime, Anywhere"

Jim Bottum, Purdue’s vice president for Information Technology and CIO, will discuss the computing and networking technologies that make learning and discovery possible for Purdue students, faculty, staff and corporate partners anytime, anywhere. He will present a capsule view of the instructional facilities which provide faculty and students with 24/7 access to course management materials and Web-based software applications as well as to hardware.

He will discuss the technologies implemented since his office was created in 2001. These include the installation of wireless access, the expansion of high performance and data intensive computing capability, and the upgrading of the campus infrastructure. He will give an overview of the contributions of grid computing to research collaboration and discuss the new advanced three-dimensional visualization and haptic capabilities offered through the Envision Center for Data Perceptualization, which will open in April 2004.

James R. Bottum

Vice President for Information Technology and CIO
Purdue University

(765) 496-2270

As vice president for information technology at Purdue University, James R. “Jim” Bottum is responsible for system-wide planning and coordination of computing and information systems for the university. He directs a staff of more than 450 full-time employees who handle the academic research and administrative computing and networking for the 38,500 students and 14,000 faculty and staff on the West Lafayette campus.

Bottum has served on numerous national panels and committees, including the Visitor’s Committee for the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s Scientific Computing Division and the ACM/IEEE Supercomputing Conference Executive Committee. He is chair of the Educational Division of SC2005, the major international conference on high-performance computing, networking, and storage.

Prior to coming to Purdue, Bottum was the executive director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Before his appointment at NCSA, he was an associate director in the NSF's Office of Advanced Scientific Computing where he played a key role in the establishment of the Foundation's Advanced Scientific Computing Initiative and NSFNet.