UT System Official Named to DIR Board of Directors

     Dr. Mario J. Gonzalez, vice chancellor for telecommunications and information technology at the University of Texas System, has been appointed to the Department of Information Resources (DIR) Board of Directors by Gov. George W. Bush.

     The DIR board adopts guidelines for, and coordinates the use of, information technology resources by state agencies. Dr. Gonzalez notes that, upon his confirmation by the Texas Senate, his main priority will be "increased coordination among state agencies-- including universities and university systems—with an eye to cutting duplication, maximizing efficiency and developing more robust and more responsive systems." One major task of DIR in upcoming months will be assuring Y2K compliance for all state agencies.

     Dr. Gonzalez, who has been the system vice chancellor the past two years, has been with the UT System and its component institutions for 25 years. He is currently a professor of electrical and computer engineering at UT Austin’s College of Engineering, where he holds the Southwestern Bell Foundation Endowed Professorship in Engineering. He previously served as chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UT Austin and as an associate vice chancellor for South Texas/Border Area Development at the UT System.

     Dr. Gonzalez earned his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from UT Austin. Most of his technical work has been in computer architecture area, emphasizing parallel and distributed systems. His interests at the UT System have included telecommunications, information technology and networking.

     Dr. Gonzalez’s industry experience includes positions with the Boeing Company, UT Austin’s Applied Research Laboratory and Texas Instruments. He has taught at Northwestern University and at UT San Antonio. He is active in the National and Texas Societies of Professional Engineers, the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, and The College Board.

     He will replace Sen. Kenneth Armbrister of Victoria, whose term has expired, on the Department of Information Resources Board of Directors. The appointment, which will run through Feb. 1, 2003, is subject to Texas Senate confirmation.