Paul Strassmann Appointed to IT&E Faculty

Posted: July 25, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Rey Banks

Paul Strassmann
Paul Strassmann

Paul Strassmann, former acting chief information officer (CIO) of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; former director of defense information, Office of the Secretary of Defense; and retired vice president of the Xerox Corporation, begins a three-year affiliation with George Mason’s School of Information Technology and Engineering (IT&E) this fall. As distinguished professor of information sciences, Strassmann will present four annual lectures on changes in the economics of information management.

“Paul Strassmann is an innovative thinker who is highly regarded by a wide segment of the information technology industry,” says Lloyd Griffiths, dean of IT&E. “He is recognized as an influential IT developer whose ideas have been the cornerstones for successful businesses. Our students are indeed fortunate to have an opportunity to learn from Paul and to benefit from his experiences.”

In September, Strassmann will present “New Responsibilities of the Department of Defense CIO—Prototype for Other CIOs?” in which he will interpret the significance of the new roles outlined in a May 2005 Department of Defense directive. In December, he will argue in a lecture titled “Focus on Integration: The Future of Government Systems?” that proliferation of application-specific infrastructures, redundancies in data definitions, and escalating support costs have delivered systems that are not affordable. Specific dates and times for the lectures are forthcoming.

Strassmann’s extensive national security expertise combined with IT skills meets the needs of the many military personnel, national security students, and government civilians seeking to author academic papers related to matters of national security. “I look forward to sharing my experiences with those who are looking for real-world applications of IT in the war on terrorism,” says Strassmann. “I hope that my guidance and counsel will be most productive to those graduate students seeking to advance their careers in areas of national security and information technology.”

Strassmann is the author of several books, including’s number one best-selling book on information management, The Squandered Computer. He has served on numerous boards and was named to the CIO Hall of Fame by CIO Magazine as one of the 12 most influential CIOs of the decade. His research and writing focuses on the growing scope and complexity of information-intensive organizations and the establishment of empowered CIOs.

For more information on Strassmann, visit his web site.

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