Anita Nikolich, director of research and technology innovation and research scientist, has been selected to serve a three-year term on the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure (ACCI). Comprised of distinguished members representing diverse science, engineering and computational science communities, the ACCI helps ensure that NSF-supported cyberinfrastructure is "responsive to changing technology and science landscapes and enables significant advances across all fields of science and engineering supported by the agency."
Nikolich's research interests include security, privacy, networking, enterprise IT operations, and scientific cyberinfrastructure. She is currently leading an NSF project focused on internet security and privacy, and she serves as co-PI for an NSF Mid-Scale project. She also is an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Public Policy Fellow in the area of artificial intelligence.
Her experience includes serving as program director for cybersecurity at NSF, executive director of infrastructure at the University of Chicago, director of global data networking at Aon, and director of security for Worldcom. In addition to ACCI, Nikolich serves as a member of the American Registry for Internet Numbering (ARIN) Advisory Council. She holds an MS in engineering from The University of Pennsylvania and a BA in history from the University of Chicago.