Biography

aloRichard A. Aló is the Dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology and Professor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences at Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi.  Prior to joining JSU he was a Program Director in Directorate for Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation.  Before attending graduate school, he was a Retrofit Systems Test Engineer for the Command, Control and Interoperability tasks of the US Air Force’s Semi-Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) System at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratories. He earned his MA and Ph.D in Mathematics with minor in Computer Science from the Pennsylvania State University, followed by one year Lecturer position.  He was a member of the mathematics faculty at Carnegie-Mellon University for 11 years followed by six years as Department Head of Mathematics and Computer Science at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. In 1982 he was appointed Professor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Houston Downtown and served as Chair of the Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences until 1995.  He was responsible for initiating both the computer science and statistics BS degree programs, collaborative and experiential learning experiences. From1995 to 2010 he was Executive Director for Grants /Contracts at UHD raising over $30 million in sponsored projects. Also from 1995 to 2012 he was Executive Director of the Center for Computational Sciences and Advanced Distributed Simulation www.uhd.edu/ccsds at UHD.  He has served on several advisory and executive boards: the Mathematical Association of America’s SUMMA Committee (Support for Undergraduate Minority Mathematics Awareness); the MAA’s Curriculum for Undergraduate Program in Mathematics (1979 through 1992), ACM/IEEE Computer Society Joint Curriculum Committee (1989- 1992); Association of Departments of Computer and Information Science and Engineering at Minority Institutions (ADMI, a founding member), Coalition for Diversity in Computing (CDC, past Chair and a founding member); National Science Board NSF (Oversight) Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) Committee; Multi Sector Crises Management Center, Washington (1995- 2005); and Houston International Dance Coalition (brings ten to 12 international modern dance companies per year to Houston for the week long Dance Salad Festival, (President 2000- present).  www.dancesalad.org. As part of the NSF Science and Technology Center for Research on Parallel Computation (1990-2000) at Rice University, he founded and directed the South Central Computational Science in Minority Institutions Consortium.  He chaired two ADMI national conferences; co chaired the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Symposium, Houston, 2001 and the Education Committee for Supercomputing 2002.  He was selected as the 2002 Educator of the Year by the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement and Awards Conference (HENAAC). He has published over 150 research papers. His primary research and educational interests are computational science applications, fuzzy logic, grid computing, cyber infrastructure tools, automated reasoning and decision making. He is currently a Co-PI for the DHS Center of Excellence for Visual Analytics for Command, Control and Interoperability Network Environments (VACCINE) and also serves as its Assoc. Director for MSI outreach.  Prior to his detail at NSF, he was PI on the NSF CI-TEAM Implementation award:  Minority Serving Institutions – CyberInfrastructure Empowerment Coalition (MSI-CIEC); co PI, NSF Cyber Infrastructure Net Science; and is co PI on the NSF Broadening Participation award, Computing Alliance for Hispanics and co PI on NSF BPC: Advancing Women to the Professoriate.