Bush Taps Microsoft Architect for Tech Committee

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-05-13 Print this article Print

SQL Server architect Pedro Celis appointed to serve a two-year term on the President's Information and Technology Advisory Committee.

President George W. Bush on Thursday appointed Microsoft Corp. SQL Server architect Pedro Celis to serve a two-year term on the Presidents Information and Technology Advisory Committee. This 25-member committee is made up of information infrastructure experts from industry and academia. The committee advises the president on how to maintain U.S. pre-eminence in information technology, including such areas as high-performance computing, large-scale networking, and high-assurance software and systems design.
The committee was established by executive order and is chartered by Congress under the High-Performance Computing Act of 1991 and the Next Generation Internet Act of 1998.
"Microsoft is honored and excited to have Pedro Celis appointed by the president to his Information and Technology Advisory Committee," said Paul Flessner, senior vice president of the Server Platform Division at Microsoft, in Redmond, Wash., in a statement. "Pedro is a leader and visionary at Microsoft and one who clearly shares our passion for helping people realize their potential through technology. He will surely play an integral role on this committee and will serve as a valued resource to this administration." Latest Microsoft News:
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for eWEEK.com and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on eWEEK.com, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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