Dr. Plale is the Michael A and Laurie Burns McRobbie Bicentennial Professor of Computer Engineering and Executive Director of IU’s Pervasive Technology Institute at Indiana University Bloomington (IU). Plale served at the US National Science Foundation (NSF) 2017 -2020. Plale’s research interests are in research infrastructure, open science and reproducibility, and AI accountability.
Dr. Plale’s postdoctoral studies were carried out at the Georgia Institute of Technology and PhD (computer science) is from the Watson School of Engineering at the State University of New York Binghamton. She lead the task force in 2020 that developed the Luddy School Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence. Plale is a founder of the Research Data Alliance (RDA), a founder of the Center of Excellence for Women & Technology (CEWIT), a founding director of the HathiTrust Research Center, and an inaugural chair of the RDA Technical Advisory Board (TAB). She received the Early Career award from the Department of Energy (DOE).