retired from the University
of Kansas as Assistant
Vice Provost for Information Services in 2004 after serving the University
for more than 23 years. He currently offers consulting services to selected
Jerry began his
career in computing as a mathematics student at the University of Kansas
in 1960. He has led seminars and workshops for national conferences
of EDUCOM, CAUSE, Association for Computing Machinery - SIGUCCS, and
Snowmass Seminars on Academic Computing. He began his work in higher
education computing in 1966. He has held administrative leadership positions
at Iowa State
University [1968-1981] and
at the University of Kansas [1981-2004]. Jerry served as Director
of Academic Computing Services at the University
of Kansas from
1981 to 1999.
At the December,
2002 Information Technology Leadership Conference in Topeka, Kansas
Jerry was presented the Kansas Leadership in Technology Award by the
Kansas Department of Education for his work with the KAN-ED statewide
network project for the Kansas Board of Regents Office.
At the October,
2001 ACM SIGUCCS conference in Portland,
Oregon Jerry was inducted
into the SIGUCCS (Special Interest Group for University & College
Computing Services) Hall of Fame.
At the October,
2000 EDUCAUSE conference in Nashville,
Tennessee Jerry received
an "Excellence in Leadership in the Profession" award.
Jerry Niebaum was Principal Investigator for a National Science Foundation EPSCoR grant for creating the "Great
Plains Network for Earth Systems Science" grant #EPS-9720159. This
Great Plains Network Consortium supports collaborative research for member
universities in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska,
Missouri, and Arkansas. Scientists have high speed
access to the data resources of the EROS
in South Dakota
as well as the data resources at research institutions within each state. NSF
funding was $1,479,980 over a two year period from September, 1997. From
January 2003 to June 2004 he was the Executive Director of the Great Plains
Jerry was also Principal Investigator for NSF grant #ANI-9810087, "High
Performance Network Connection in Support of Meritorious Research at the University of Kansas." NSF funding was $400,400
over three years from September, 1998.
In 1993 Jerry was Principal Investigator for National Science Foundation
grant #NCR-9300289 for the creation of the Kansas
Research and Education Network (KanREN) and has served as Chair
of the KanREN Executive Committee. The goal of KanREN was to connect
schools and libraries in Kansas
with worldwide electronic information resources. NSF funding for the
original grant and supplemental grant #NCR-9420711 totaled $793,212.
He was one of four Principal Investigators for another NSF grant #76-18172,
"A Prototype Information Processing Program and System to Enhance the
Training of Young Researchers."