Newark, NJ, November 8, 2021 – Edge is pleased to announce that Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Sponsored Programs, Dr. Forough Ghahramani, has joined the Eastern Regional Network (ERN) Steering Committee–the governing body that leads the effort in supporting a vision to simplify and enable multi-campus data and computation enabled collaborations among academic institutions of all types and sizes to advance the frontiers of research, pedagogy, innovation, workforce development, and broadening the participation of under-resourced institutions and under-represented groups. In response to being invited to join the Steering Committee, Forough stated, “It is an honor to join the Eastern Regional Network steering committee. I look forward to working with this group of distinguished experts to help to advance the vision and mission of the ERN, leveraging the special relationship between researchers and the people who build and support research cyberinfrastructure in the region that it serves. Participation in the ERN is synergistic with my role, as the chief advocate for research at Edge, with a focus on gaining a better understanding of the advanced computing needs, requirements, and outreach for broadening the reach and impact to best support the research community, from the R1’s through to the smaller-less resourced institutions.”
The ERN was formed in 2017 by a small group of universities and regional network providers who believed in the vision and are committed to providing layered and transparent access to shared data, research computing, edge testbeds, research instruments, and other core facilities to address the growing need for a distributed federated environment designed to simplify, support, and encourage collaborative science, scholarship, and education. Currently there are over 28 colleges and universities from across the region directly involved with ERN activities.
“It is an honor to join the Eastern Regional Network steering committee. I look forward to working with this group of distinguished experts to help to advance the vision and mission of the ERN, leveraging the special relationship between researchers and the people who build and support research cyberinfrastructure in the region that it serves. ”
— Dr. Forough Ghahramani
Noted Steering Committee member Dr. Barr von Oehsen, Associate Vice President, Office of Advanced Research Computing, Rutgers University, “Current Steering Committee members unanimously agreed that having Forough’s input and perspective on the future directions of the ERN would be an asset due to the impressive work she has done with leading the ERN Broadening the Reach and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts.” Echoed Dr. Samuel Conn, President and Chief Executive Officer, Edge, “Forough’s passion for and commitment to the research community across the region made her a natural addition to the esteemed roster of members that comprise the Steering Committee.”
To learn more about the Eastern Regional Network, visit www.ernrp.org/about.