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James Williams

James F. Williams is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for NASA Ames Research Center and is also a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) ranks. James has been serving in the CIO community since February 2008, including Deputy CIO and Acting CIO. Prior to this he held positions at NASA Ames including, Deputy Director for Strategic Business, Project Manager in the Strategic Business Development Office, and Project Manager for the Office of the Chief Engineer. Earlier in his career he performed award-winning expansion projects at the Westinghouse Science and Technology Center, in Pennsylvania.

James’ business acumen, commercial experience as a director in an IT startup and systems engineering background contribute to his ability to drive strategic change. He was a key leader in developing collaboration projects with Google and Microsoft, which continue to thrive and advance the visibility of NASA by delivering vital information to the public through programs such as Google Moon, Google Mars and Microsoft’s World Wide Telescope.

He also helped to establish leading-edge programs like NASA’s Nebula cloud computing platform and the Agency’s IT Security Operations Center (SOC). The SOC monitors NASA’s IT infrastructure and manages both its central Incident Management System and Wide Area Network.

James, in early 2010, co-chaired the first NASA IT Summit, focusing on a cross-community coalition for achieving NASA goals. The summit was a huge success, boasting over one thousand attendees and more than 2.5 million Google hits in the first days of the event. James and his summit co-chair brought together the Agency CTO, along with CTOs from commercial partners Dell and Symantec and the White House CIO creating an inspirational event and laying the foundation for future collaboration for NASA, its partners, academia and other Federal agencies.

James’ many awards include the NASA OCIO 2010 Award for Excellence in Leadership for his transformational leadership qualities at NASA, including his innovative work helping to launch NASA’s Nebula cloud computing initiative. He is a 2010 Computerworld Laureate honoree for his work in optimization of IT business processes, holds a partial patent for his work in Semantic Web as well as degrees from The Pennsylvania State University in Nuclear Engineering and San Jose State University in Materials Engineering.