- Biographical Sketch
Peter M. Siegel is the chief information officer (CIO) and vice provost for information and educational technology at the University of California, Davis, with primary responsibilities for research, academic and administrative computing.
As vice provost and CIO, Siegel is responsible for providing the leadership necessary to assure the effective coordination, oversight, and strategic deployment of information and educational technologies to the campus's academic and administrative operations. He also is responsible for coordinating technology between the Davis campus and the UC Davis Health System. To meet these goals, Vice Provost Siegel works very closely with several advisory groups and the community at large - all key components of the campus IT governance structure.
Siegel oversees the myriad forms of information technology used throughout the campus, including research computing, classroom and educational technologies, cyber-safety, computing systems and data, cyber-infrastructure, voice and video communication services. Guiding the work of the IET organization is a set of guiding principles ranging from collaboration, openness, innovation, sound stewardship of resources, and ensuring the accessibility of IT services to the broadest community, including people with disabilities. As CIO, Siegel reports to both the chancellor and provost and is a member of the Chancellor's Cabinet, the Council of Deans and Vice Chancellors, and the UC Davis Health System IT Oversight Committee.
Under Siegel's leadership, a number of strategic initiatives have been advanced to ensure that the physical facilities, information resources and technology infrastructure necessary for UC Davis to achieve national and international distinction are supported. These initiatives include:
- Technologies and programs in support of research infrastructure (cyber-infrastructure) from state-of-the-art high performance networks, to support for research clusters and innovative interdisciplinary research teams;
- A ten-year plan for a combined campus-health system tier IV multi-site data center, including a centralized facility for managed and collocated research systems;
- Development of innovative instructional technologies, as well as faculty award programs for online and hybrid learning initiatives;
- A nationally-recognized program for cyber-safety, that includes a high-performance research network and a highly-secure general campus infrastructure;
- A variety of programs to support campus business operations with information technology, including a campus-wide system integrating email, messaging, telephony, video, and collaboration services into a coherent set of managed services;
- Creation of a campus-wide roadmap for administrative IT services; and
- Leadership within the University of California Information Technology Leadership Council, Internet2, and CENIC (Corporation for Educational Networking Initiatives in California).
Throughout his career, Siegel has been involved in both national and state professional organizations, as well as in nationally recognized technology partnerships with other major research universities.
- Siegel recently ended his second term as chair of the Internet2 Research Advisory Council and member of the Internet2 Board of Directors. Siegel worked closely with the Internet2 community, the Councils, and the Board, in developing the Internet2 Strategic Plan, a major step towards the reinvention of Internet2. In addition to advocating for the research perspective, Siegel served as chair of the writing committee for the plan, as well as proposing and leading a community-led white paper on Ensuring a Robust Research Strategy at Internet2 (2010).
- Siegel is a member of the Board of Directors of CENIC, the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California, which provides a unique state-level perspective on networking issues. He serves on the Research Computing committee of CENIC.
- UC Davis is actively engaged in the Kuali open source administrative software projects, including in areas related to middleware (Rice), finance (Financial System), and research administration (Coeus). Siegel is a member of the Kuali Rice Board which focuses on providing a suite of community source middleware products for higher education, and previously served as a campus representative on the Kuali Foundation Board.
- In addition, Siegel is an active member of the Advisory Committee on Technology for the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU, formerly NASULGC) and the CIO Group of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), a consortium of 42 universities in 16 countries.
Within the University of California, Siegel serves on the system-wide IT Leadership Council and plays a leadership role in providing oversight to the UC Electronic Accessibility Leadership Team and the UC Joint Data Center Management Group. He is one of the two CIO founding members of the UC-wide Shared Data Center Governing Board, which is planning the use of existing shared facilities and creating a vision for shared data centers at-a-distance for research, administrative, and clinical computing needs. Siegel also provided oversight for the UC-wide Educational Technologies Leadership Group in the exploration of issues, initiatives, emerging technologies and future directions for educational technology for the University of California.
Siegel is also a member of higher education advisory councils for Microsoft and Apple (Executive Committee). He has served similar roles for Dell, SUN, and HP in recent years.
Siegel speaks regularly on computer privacy and security issues, collaboration technologies, the role of technology planning in academia, electronic accessibility, and cyberinfrastructure in support of research. In November 2011, Siegel helped organize a UC-Wide Researcher Forum with the Vice Chancellors for Research and CIOs, speaking on "Principles for Collaborative Research above the Campus," as well as being the Keynote Speaker for a group of CFOs and CIOs on "Trends in Cloud Computing and Community Source: The Changing Face of Enterprise Computing."
Prior to joining UC Davis in 2006, Siegel held leadership positions at other institutions, including the Universities of Illinois (as CIO) and Iowa State (as Director of Academic Computing), as well as 23 years at Cornell University in increasingly complex roles, including Director of the Cornell National Supercomputer Facility (an NSF National Center) and Executive Director of the Cornell Center for Theory and Simulation in Science and Engineering; Siegel was a founding member of the Center under Nobel Laureate Kenneth G. Wilson.
- Recent Publications
- “Universal Design for the Digital Environment: Transforming the Institution,” Cyndi Rowland, Heather Mariger, Peter M. Siegel, and Jonathan Whiting; EDUCAUSE Review; Nov./Dec. 2010
- Keeping the Guard Up in a Down Economy: Investing in IT Security in Hard Times, Brian D. Voss and Peter M. Siegel, EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 44, no. 5 (September/October 2009): 10-23
- Cyberinfrastructure: In Tune for the Future, James R. Bottum, James F. Davis, Peter M. Siegel, Brad Wheeler, and Diana G. Oblinger; EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 43, no. 4 (July/August 2008)
- Recent Presentations/Talks
||The Changing Face of Enterprise Computing. Invited Keynote Address, Northwest Academic Computing Consortium conference, Portland Oregon.|
||Revisiting the IT Business Model: A CFO-CIO Summit, NorthWest Academic Computing Consortium (NWACC); Portland, OR|
Principles for Collaborative Research Infrastructure Above the Campus. Invited presentation, University of California Researcher Forum (organized by the Chief Research Officers and CIOs system-wide); founding organizer of the forum with 3 others.
||IT Accessibility in Higher Education, Present and Future. With Daniel Goldstein, Esq., and Tracy Mitrano, Esq. Educause Annual Conference, Philadelphia.|
||A Vision for a Shared Data Center Strategy for the UC Davis Campuses in Davis and Sacramento. UC Davis Cabinet. With Michael Minear.|
|07/11||An Information Technology Overview; Presentation to Jiangnan University delegation, UC Davis|
|07/11||Making Electronic Accessibility Everyone's Business: Universal Design, Faculty Leadership, and the CIO; Peter M. Siegel; Accessibility @ Educause 2010, CIO Talk |
Providing Persons with Disabilities Mainstream Access to Digital Technology: The Challenges That Higher Education Must Meet. Invited speaker, Educause West/Southwest Regional Conference 2011
Spotlight on Cloud Computing: A Vision for Cloud- and Earth-based Services at UC Davis. National webinar (presented and published by Educause). With Gabriel Youtsey.
|07/28/10||Information and Educational Technology: A Brief Overview; Peter M. Siegel; IET Administrative Unit Review Committee|
|06/08/10||UC Davis Cyber-Safety Overview & Update; Peter M. Siegel & Bob Ono, IT Security Officer; Council of Deans and Vice Chancellors (CODVC)|
|06/08/10||Institutional Data Analytics Trend Reports; Peter Siegel and Elias Lopez (Provost & Senate Chairs) |
|06/02/10||Open Forum with the Community: Support for High-Performance Research Computing; sponsored by the Campus Council for Information Technology (CCFIT); Professor Mark Rashid, Professor Joe Kiskis, & Peter M. Siegel)|
|05/11/10||Disaster Recovery Plans and Responsibilities for Critical IT Systems; Peter M. Siegel|
|05/2010||Cultural Challenges in Research-intensive Universities for IT Transformation (Lessons Learned from Industry); Peter M. Siegel; Research University CIO Conclave|
|04/13/10||IET Administrative Unit Presentation; Peter M. Siegel; Council of Deans and Vice Chancellors (CODVC)|
|02/17/10||Open Forum with the Community: Next Generation Email and Communication Applications for Faculty and Staff; sponsored by the Campus Council for Information Technology (CCFIT); Professor Joe Kiskis, Peter M. Siegel, Morna Mellor, & Gabe Youtsey
|01/19/10||Brief Overview of Information Technology Administrative Services Roadmap; Peter M. Siegel; Chancellor’s Cabinet|
|01/19/10||Update on the Information Technology Administrative Services Roadmap; Peter M. Siegel; Chancellor’s Cabinet|
|01/16/10||UC Davis Cyber-Safety Overview & Update; Peter M. Siegel & Bob Ono, IT Security Officer; Council of Deans and Vice Chancellors (CODVC)|
|01/2010 ||Framework for Information Technology: Shared Governance, Shared Services, UC Davis Council of Deans and Vice Chancellors Meeting, January 2010 |
- Prior Talks
Appointment of Peter M. Siegel as Vice Provost - Information and Educational Technology
Campus Directive 06-058: Appointment of Peter M. Siegel as Vice Provost - Information and Educational Technology (05/22/06)
Phone: (530) 752-4998
Mailing Address: Office of the Vice Provost - IET, 3820 Chiles Road