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Lisa Kirchner
Gretchen Underwood

For immediate release:
August 21, 2003

Carnegie Mellon Appoints New Director of Information Technology and Society Institute

PITTSBURGH—Ronald Gdovic, Ph.D., executive director of 3 Rivers Connect, has been named executive director of the Institute for the Study of Information Technology and Society (InSITeS) at Carnegie Mellon University's H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management.

"We are extremely fortunate to have recruited a director with Ron's unique combination of entrepreneurial talent and organization-building expertise," said Peter Shane, Carnegie Mellon research scientist and InSITeS' founding director. "Virtually every major local foundation looks to Ron for advice on how to direct their resources to advance the public interest through information technology."

"Ron is the ideal person to help mobilize our efforts to understand the impacts of information technology on the public interest, and thus to help fulfill a critical mission of the Heinz School and of Carnegie Mellon," said Mark Wessel, acting dean of the Heinz School. "He combines a deep academic background with extensive work in the trenches for all sectors — private, public and nonprofit."

Under Gdovic's leadership, 3 Rivers Connect helped to accelerate economic, social and educational development in southwestern Pennsylvania through applications of information technology. Among the efforts he spearheaded is the Digital Rivers Project that produced an analysis of the needs, obstacles and opportunities regarding broadband deployment in southwestern Pennsylvania. As an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon he has taught a course on information technology and economic development. His professional honors include both a 2003 Pittsburgh Business Times Fastracker Award, for significant contributions to the region's business and civic enterprises, and the Smart Business Network Magazine 2003 Pacesetter Award for leaders who contribute to the business community and economic development of the Pittsburgh region.

Gdovic graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1984 with a degree in economics and a concentration in industrial engineering. He subsequently worked in the Tidewater area of Virginia managing capital improvement projects at military installations. While shifting to management activities in the private sector, he helped found and still maintains board membership in two national telecommunications firms. He chairs the Board of Development Strategies, a nonprofit organization dedicated to recycling industrial brownfields. Gdovic has a master's degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Pittsburgh and a doctorate in urban planning from Western Pacific University.

InSITeS is dedicated to promoting teaching, research and public outreach with regard to the social, economic, political and legal impacts of information technology, combining Carnegie Mellon's expertise in social science with its leadership in science and technology. InSITeS' key fields of interest include electronic democracy and civic engagement, e-commerce policy, privacy and public information policy, the impacts of information technology on development, telecommunications policy and regulation, and cyber security policy.

For further information, contact Peter Shane, chair of InSITeS Board of Advisors and law professor with The Ohio State University, at 614-688-3014.


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