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Ram D. Sriram is currently the chief of the Software and Systems Division, Information Technology Laboratory, at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Before joining the Software and Systems Division, Sriram was the leader of the Design and Process group in the Manufacturing Systems Integration Division, Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory, where he conducted research on standards for interoperability of computer-aided design systems. He was also the manager of the Sustainable Manufacturing Program. Prior to joining NIST, he was on the engineering faculty (1986-1994) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was instrumental in setting up the Intelligent Engineering Systems Laboratory. At MIT, Sriram initiated the MIT-DICE project, which was one of the pioneering projects in collaborative engineering and documented in the book entitled Distributed and Integrative Collaborative Engineering Design, Sarven Publishers, 2002. Sriram has extensive experience in developing knowledge-based expert systems, natural language interfaces, machine learning, object-oriented software development, life-cycle product and process models, geometrical modelers, object-oriented databases for industrial applications, health care informatics, bioinformatics, and bioimaging. He has consulted for several leading corporations all over the world. His client list (during his tenure at MIT) included Boeing, GE, NTT Data (Japan), NASA, Xerox Corporation, United Technologies, IIC (Spain). Sriram has co-authored or authored nearly 250 publications, including several books. He has published in a wide range of journals in engineering, computer science, and health care fields. The papers he and his group wrote have won many recognitions and awards, including many best paper awards and most cited paper awards. Sriram received several awards including: an NSF's Presidential Young Investigator Award (1989); ASME Design Automation Award (2011); ASME CIE Distinguished Service Award (2014); the Washington Academy of Sciences' Distinguished Career in Engineering Sciences Award (2015); and ASME CIE Lifetime Achievement Award (2016). Sriram was a founding co-editor of the International Journal for AI in Engineering (1986). Sriram served on the Executive Committee of the ASME's Computers in Engineering Division for six years, including as its chair. From 2012 onwards, Sriram has been serving as a co-chair of NITRD's Software Design and Productivity group. He and his co-chairs have been developing a strategic direction for the group, including organizing a workshop to understand the software related problems in manufacturing and health care sectors in September 2013. Sriram is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Washington Academy of Sciences. He is also a member (life) of the Association for Computing Machinery and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.