Prof. Francine Berman is the Edward P. Hamilton Distinguished Professor in Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is a Fellow of the ACM, IEEE, and AAAS. In 2009, Berman was the inaugural recipient of the ACM/IEEE-CS Ken Kennedy Award for "influential leadership in the design, development, and deployment of national-scale cyberinfrastructure." In 2015, Berman was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become a member of the National Council on the Humanities. Berman is an international leader in data science whose work focuses on the development of sustainable infrastructure for digital stewardship and preservation. She currently serves as the U.S. chair of the Research Data Alliance, an international community-driven organization founded to accelerate research data sharing and data-driven innovation worldwide.