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Jim Bottum

Jim BottumResearch Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

B.A. - 1976, Florida State University
Political Science
Professional Certification - 1976, Florida State University 
Urban and Regional Planning


Contact Information:
Office: 209 Sikes Hall
Office Phone: 864.656.8100

Jim Bottum is the Chief Information Officer and Vice Provost for Computing & Information Technology at Clemson University. Clemson University sees information technology as critically important to all facets of a top university, including education, research and service. At Clemson University, Jim leads efforts focusing on high performance computing and communication as well as collaborating with State and National governmental entities. During his tenure, ComputerWorld named him one of the Premiere 100 IT Leaders (2007) and Storage Magazine featured him on the cover in the Jan, 2008 edition. Under his leadership Clemson University’s Palmetto Cluster (HPC) has appeared at #60 in the world’s Top 500 Computing Sites ( alongside Clemson's Computational Center for Mobility Systems (CU-CCMS), ranked at #100 (Nov, 2008).

Prior to coming to Clemson, Mr. Bottum was the first CIO and VP for Computing at Purdue, where he was responsible for planning and coordinating all computing and information systems across the university. He had direct oversight of the university's central IT organization, Information Technology at Purdue, known as ITaP (pronounced eye-TAP). Under Mr. Bottum's leadership, ITaP was recognized nationally for innovative uses of information technology to improve teaching and learning, including classroom response systems, technology classroom sites and podcasting as a centralized service. In the fall of 2005, these innovative approaches were recognized by "Newsweek" and with a cover story in the "Chronicle of Higher Education." Mr. Bottum has also had experience as executive director for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Mr. Bottum currently serves on the NSF Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure (ACCI), the NSF Advisory Committee for CRPA Assessment (AC/GPA), and the Internet 2 (I2) Board of Trustees. In the past, he has served on other NSF Committees as well as national laboratory boards, Educause working groups and other higher education committees and consortiums. He has provided consulting services for major universities across the US and is frequently an invited keynote presenter at state, regional and national conferences regarding cyberinfrastructure and high performance computing.