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Karuna Pande Joshi, Director

Dr. Karuna Pande Joshi is a tenure track Assistant Professor in the Information Systems (IS) department at UMBC. She has over 23 years of experience primarily as a Faculty and an IT Manager. Her research focuses on the intersection of Big Data and Cloud Computing, specially on Large Text Analytics, Semantic Cloud Services and Healthcare IT. She has developed a framework to automate the acquisition and consumption of cloud based services. She also worked in collaboration with NIST to develop standards for Cloud Usability. She received her Masters and PhD in Computer Science from UMBC, where she was twice awarded the prestigious IBM PhD Fellowship.

Her research has been sponsored by NSF/DoD, ONR, GE Research, Cisco and IBM. Dr. Joshi has also been awarded grants by NSF and TEDCO to explore commercial opportunities for her research and was the founder and owner of JAK Tec that provided products and consulting in Cloud computing services.

Dr. Joshi also has extensive experience of working in the industry primarily as an IT manager. She worked as a Senior Information Management Officer / Project Manager at the International Monetary Fund for nearly a decade. She has also worked for MORENet , Missouri and Silverline Industries Ltd. in India. Her managerial experience includes IT portfolio management, program/project management and change management. She has managed projects across various domains including Databases, Web Content Management, Document Management, Web/Database Integration, Helpdesk Applications, IT Knowledge/Information Management, Facilities Applications and Network/Telecom Applications.

Her extensive industrial and research experience provides her a deep understanding of the practical issues faced by organizations that are transitioning or plan to move their IT systems to the Cloud.