Executive Leadership

Prem Natarajan, Ph.D.

Michael Keston Executive Director and Research Professor, USC Information Sciences Institute

Premkumar Natarajan is Michael Keston Executive Director of ISI, a vice dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and a professor of computer science. At ISI, he leads managerial and technical directions Institute-wide, 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 ›

Yigal Arens, Ph.D.

Senior Director, Administrative Affairs

Yigal Arens, ISI’s senior director for administrative affairs, oversees the Institute’s 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 ›

David Barnhart, M.Eng.

Director, Space Technology and Systems

David Barnhart leads ISI’s Space Systems and Technology group, which combines disruptive research with a hands-on, small-satellite design and launch for USC Viterbi students. Barnhart’s specialties include second-generation space morphology design, robotics applied to and with satellites, and application-based engineering capabilities...MORE ›

Terry V. Benzel, MA

Director, Internet and Networked Systems

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

Acting Director, Boston Office

Elizabeth Boschee is the acting 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 ›

Stephen P. Crago, Ph.D.

Director, Computational Sciences and Technology

Led by Stephen Crago, ISI's Computational Sciences and Technology division seeks to solve complex science, engineering and defense problems through novel supercomputing and other approaches. He directs experts in adaptive parallel execution, including cloud computing, multicore software, reconfigurable computing and wireless networks...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 initiatives area. 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 ›

Craig Knoblock, Ph.D.

Director, Intelligent Systems

Craig Knoblock directs ISI’s Intelligent Systems 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 leads a team of 31 highly regarded researchers working on leading-edge projects, including biomedical data integration, machine translation, robotics...MORE ›

Derek Lazzaro, J.D.

Chief Information Officer

As CIO of the USC Information Sciences Institute, Derek works closely with the Institute's project leaders to develop IT strategies and services that complement and enhance computer science research operations. Derek also serves as a key representative for ISI as it seeks new partnerships and collaborations, both within the USC community and beyond....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 research community at the Institute. 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 ›