Daniel E. Atkins III
|Daniel E. Atkins|
|Residence||Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA|
|Institutions||University of Michigan,
College of Engineering,
School of Information
|Alma mater||University of Illinois,
|Known for||Parallel computer architecture,
High speed computer arithmetic,
Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work,
Office of Cyberinfrastructure
|Notable awards||U-M Distinguished Service Award, Nina W. Mathesson Award, Computerworld Smithsonian Award, Paul Evan Peters Award, NSF Service Commendation, University of Illinois College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award|
Daniel E. Atkins III is the W. K. Kellogg Professor of Community Informatics at University of Michigan. Atkins holds a PhD in Computer Science, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a B.S.E.E. from Bucknell University.
He is also a Professor of Information at the University of Michigan School of Information and a Professor of both Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the College of Engineering. From June 2006 to June 2008, he served as the inaugural Director of the Office of Cyberinfrastructure at the U.S. National Science Foundation. From July 2008 to June 2012 he served as the Associate Vice President for Research Cyberinfrastructure and Chairman of the U of M IT Governance Council. Atkins was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering in 2014.
Atkins made major contributions to high-performance computer architecture. He participated in the design and building of seven major experimental machines, including some of the earliest parallel computers. Atkins conducted pioneering work on special-purpose architecture and collaborated with the Mayo Clinic on development of Computer-Assisted Tomography (CAT).
Atkins later focused on the social and technical architecture of distributed knowledge communities and community informatics. He led workshops to develop the National Science Foundation (NSF) Digital Library Initiative, which included joint programs with the European Commission. He was the project director of the University of Michigan Digital Library Project and helped to pilot the Mellon Foundation’s JSTOR Project.
In 1982 Atkins became associate dean for research and graduate programs for the University of Michigan College of Engineering. He served as dean of the College of Engineering from 1989 to 1990 and chaired the committee that developed one of the earliest computer engineering undergraduate degree programs.
Atkins was appointed Dean of the University of Michigan School of Information in 1992. He secured millions in support from the Kellogg Foundation, Mellon Foundation, Carnegie Foundation, Microsoft, Intel, and others to help launch the school. During this time, he formed and directed an Alliance for Community Technology (ACT) sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to support the innovative use of information technology.
Atkins served as Chair of the National Science Foundation’s Blue-Ribbon Advisory Panel on Cyberinfrastructure. In 2003 he helped this panel to release a highly influential report, Revolutionizing Science and Engineering Through Cyberinfrastructure which recommended that the NSF form a program in cyberinfrastructure-enhanced science and engineering research that has been cited over 700 times. Atkins was also the director of the NSF EXPRES Project that laid the foundation for NSF's FASTLANE all-electronic proposal submission and management system. In 2002, Atkins co-authored (with James Duderstadt and Doug Van Houweling) the book Higher Education in the Digital Age: Technology Issues and Strategies for American Colleges and Universities. Atkins served as Chair of a Scientific Advisory Committee for the Digital Media and Learning program for the MacArthur Foundation, Chair of an international panel to review the UK Research Councils e-Science Programmes, as a member of a task force to draft the Obama administration’s National Educational Technology Plan 2010, and as an expert witness to the FCC National Broadband Plan. Atkins has consulted with the NSF, National Institutes of Health, Intel, Mayo Clinic, Kellogg Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Coalition for Networked Information, Internet2, the MIT Libraries, NPOWER, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the National Library of Medicine, National Archives and Records Administration, the OECC, European Commission, and the UK Research Councils.
Atkins was the recipient of an NSF Service Commendation and two U-M Distinguished Service Awards. In May 2009 he was recognized with a University of Illinois College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award for his influence on high-performance computer architecture, pioneering work in the development of schools of information, and his leadership in improving U.S. cyberinfrastructure. He was awarded the 1993 Nina W. Mathesson Award for outstanding contributions to medical informatics and the 2008 Paul Evan Peters Award for notable, lasting achievements in the creation and innovative use of information resources and services that advance scholarship and intellectual productivity through communication networks. Atkins's 40 years of service to the University of Michigan were honored on October 8, 2012 at the Learning and Discovery in the Connected Age Symposium  at the Michigan Theatre.
Atkins is married to Monica Atkins and they have two children. The Dan and Monica Atkins Scholarship Fund was started in their name to provide tuition support to students.
- "NSF Names Daniel Atkins to Head New Office of Cyberinfrastructure". February 8, 2006. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
- "NAE Members". Retrieved 9 February 2014.
- "Revolutionizing Science and Engineering Through Cyberinfrastructure: Report of the National Science Foundation Blue-Ribbon Advisory Panel on Cyberinfrastructure". January 2003. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
- James J. Duderstadt , Daniel E. Atkins, Van Douglas Houweling (2002). Higher Education in the Digital Age: Technology Issues and Strategies for American Colleges and Universities. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. p. 304.
- "Learning and Discovery in the Connected Age Symposium". Retrieved October 8, 2012.
- "The Dan and Monica Atkins Scholarship Fund". Retrieved 9 February 2014.