Thomas Finholt

Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty
School of Information

Thomas A. Finholt is the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Professor at the University of Michigan School of Information. He received his Ph.D. in Social and Decision Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University and his B.A. from Swarthmore College. Dr. Finholt's research focuses on the design, deployment, and use of cyberinfrastructure in science and engineering. He was a co-developer of the world's first operational collaboratory, a co-founder of the Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work (CREW), and the inaugural director of the NSF’s summer research institute for the science of socio-technical systems. Currently, Dr. Finholt is the PI on several NSF-supported projects, including: a Virtual Organizations as Socio-technical Systems (VOSS) award to study large, cyberinfrastructure-enabled scientific collaborations, such as Open Science Grid; a CI-TEAM award to study the use of advanced collaboration technology within an international community of civil engineers and material scientists; an EPSCOR award to study scientific computing within systems biology and nano materials researchers in South Carolina and Tennessee; the TeraGrid XD audit award to study the use and impact of TeraGrid by scientific communities; an EAGER award to study the human infrastructure of cyberinfrastructure; and a CI-TEAM award to develop and deploy the Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering.


Former Students



Bradford W Hesse, Derek Hansen, Thomas Finholt, Sean A Munson, Wendy Kellogg, John C Thomas
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