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Newsmaker: Randal Bryant

Joseph Sabino Mistick
| Tuesday, September 23, 2014 10:10 p.m
Randal Bryant, named to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Noteworthy: Bryant, the former dean of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science, received an appointment to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he will be an adviser to Thomas Kalil, deputy director of policy. The appointment began on June 30 and will last up to a year. Bryant will look at data-driven approaches to health and education, and at privacy issues that come out of large-scale collection of personal data.

Age: 61

Residence: Point Breeze

Background: Bryant was dean of CMU’s computer science school for 10 years, and his appointment is considered a sabbatical. He started at CMU in 1984.

Education: Bryant graduated from the University of Michigan in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics. He received a Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT in 1981.

Quote: “I hope that my efforts at the OSTP will lead to more effective and appropriate use of information technology by the U.S. government, as well as fostering early stages of research efforts that will yield technology that addresses the government’s and the nation’s IT needs.”

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