Executive Leadership

Prem Natarajan, Ph.D.

Michael Keston Executive Director, Information Sciences Institute (on leave through June 2019)

Premkumar Natarajan is ISI's Michael Keston Executive Director, a vice dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and a professor of computer science. At ISI, he leads institute-wide managerial and technical directions, including research, development and the MOSIS electronic chip brokerage. He also heads teams in his areas of expertise: novel approaches to face, handwriting, character, handwriting and speech recognition...MORE ›

Craig Knoblock, Ph.D.

Executive Director (through June 2019), Information Sciences Institute  

Craig Knoblock is ISI's executive director through June 2019. Prior to serving in this capacity, Knoblock was the director of ISI’s Artificial Intelligence division, one of the United States’ largest and most respected artificial intelligence (AI) laboratories, which spans the full range of AI expertise. In this appointment, Knoblock led a team of 31 highly regarded researchers working on leading-edge projects...MORE ›

Stephen P. Crago, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Information Sciences Institute | Director, Computational Sciences and Technology

Stephen Crago, ISI's associate director, is responsible for managing projects and relationships with a select set of sponsors. He is also the director of ISI’s Computational Sciences and Technology division, which seeks to solve complex science, engineering and defense problems through novel supercomputing and other approaches. Crago directs experts in cloud computing, multicore software, reconfigurable computing, wireless networks quantum computing....MORE ›

Yigal Arens, Ph.D.

Senior Director of Administrative Affairs, Information Sciences Institute | Acting Director, Artificial Intelligence

Yigal Arens, ISI’s senior director for administrative affairs, oversees administrative operations, working closely with division leaders to foster a culture of excellence in operational performance. In this role, Arens ensures research leaders, staff and administrative personnel are provided the most productive and rewarding working environment possible...MORE ›

Terry V. Benzel, MA

Director, Networking and Cybersecurity

As director of ISI’s Internet and Networked Systems division, Terry Benzel leads several major cybersecurity research initiatives, including cyber-education, cyber-experimentation ecosystems and tools, and strategic global partnering for cybersecurity experimentation of the future (CEF)...MORE ›

Elizabeth Boschee

Director, Boston Office

Elizabeth Boschee is the director of ISI’s Boston office and a research lead focusing on information extraction and language understanding technology. She has led numerous language understanding efforts with customers such as DARPA...MORE ›

John N. Damoulakis, Ph.D.

Senior Director, Special Projects

John Damoulakis has more than 30 years’ experience in research concept definition, advanced technology development, technology transition to operations, and technology management. As ISI’s senior director for special projects, Damoulakis focuses on the development of new, large-scale research opportunities and lines of sponsorship in electronics and hardware security...MORE ›

Carl Kesselman, Ph.D.

Director, Informatics Systems Research

Carl Kesselman leads ISI's Informatics Systems Research division. Created to help transform the discovery processes, practice and delivery of healthcare worldwide, informatics spans grid computing, information security, service-oriented architectures, and imaging and medical informatics...MORE ›

Derek Lazzaro, J.D.

Chief Information Officer

As ISI's chief information officer, Derek Lazzaro leads the IT division and is the chief technical architect of its infrastructure and services. Lazzaro works closely with ISI’s computer scientists to develop services and strategies that enable research, innovation, collaboration – all while promoting effective cyber security...MORE ›

James Whalen, M. Phil.

Chief Financial Officer

James Whalen leads the Administrative Services division at ISI, an organization committed to providing world class support to the Institute's research community. Achieving this objective is the result of attracting, developing and retaining an excellent team of committed, skilled and knowledgeable individuals...MORE ›

John Wroclawski, M.S.E.E.

Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives

John Wroclawski, ISI’s senior director for strategic initiatives, works with leaders and researchers across the institute to create a diverse research portfolio and develop new, boundary-spanning initiatives to advance the Institute’s strategic vision. Prior to this appointment, he served for 12 years as the director of ISI’s Internet and Networked Systems initiatives, leading pioneering research in such areas as internet protocols and architecture...MORE ›