Deborah Crawford

Deborah Crawford of ICSI's Board of Trustees

Deborah Crawford was the director of ICSI from August 2014 through April 2016. From 2010 to 2014 she served as senior vice provost for research of Drexel University. She spent 17 years at the National Science Foundation (NSF), where she held a number of executive positions, including deputy assistant director for computer and information science and engineering. She was also the founding director of NSF's Office of Cyberinfrastucture. Before joining NSF, Crawford held positions at AT&T Bell Labs, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the GEC Hirst Research Lab, where her research interests were in nano-electronic and -photonic devices and systems.

Work Experience

  • Director, ICSI
  • Senior Vice Provost for Research, Drexel University
  • Deputy Assistant Director, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, NSF
  • Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Research Engineer, UC Santa Barbara
  • Research Engineer, AT&T Bell Labs
  • Research Engineer, GEC Hirst Research Lab


  • PhD, Information Systems Engineering, University of Bradford
  • BSc Eng (Honors), Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Glasgow

Awards, Honors, and Significant Achievements

  • Member, Board of Directors, University City Science Center
  • Member, Council of the Computing Community Consortium
  • Member, Subcommittee on Networking and Information Technology Research and Development
  • Presidential Rank Award, Distinguished Service, 2010
  • Presidential Rank Award, Meritorious Service, 2006