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Internet2 Mourns the Loss of David Swanson

Aug 15, 2019, by Sara Aly
Tags: Frontpage News, Internet2 Member

David R. Swanson, research professor in computer science and engineering at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and director of the Holland Computer Center, passed away on Sunday, August 11.

A long-time Internet2 community member, Swanson started working at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln on February 1, 1999, and advanced to director of the Holland Computing Center in 2005. Swanson’s research focused on scientific and high performance computing along with cluster and grid computing.

Courtesy GWYNETH ROBERTS/Lincoln Journal Star

Swanson was actively involved in the last few years with the Internet2 community. Since 2017, he served on the External Advisory Group for Research & Engagement Support offering substantial contributions to Internet2 and the broad research and education community. Swanson also served on the Research Engagement Working Group.

Swanson was a valued member of the Great Plains Network Cyberinfrastructure Program Committee, the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation, and was chair of the Open Science Grid Council. 

"We are deeply saddened to have lost a dear colleague and friend," said Dana Brunson, executive director for research engagement at Internet2. “David was kind, hardworking, and had an amazing sense of humor. He was always ready to help and had a positive impact on everyone he met. I am grateful for all the time I got to spend with David across many community groups over the years. Our hearts are with his family, may they find comfort and peace.” 

Swanson received a doctorate as a computational chemist at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Prior to returning to the university, Swanson served as an NSF-NATO Fellow at the Technical University of Wroclaw in Poland and as an NRC Research Fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C.