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NCSA Acting Director Has High Hopes For ‘Smart State’ Partnership

NCSA acting director Bill Gropp.

NCSA Acting Director Bill Gropp has high hopes for a partnership with the state of Illinois. University of Illinois

Last week the state of Illinois announced a partnership with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications on the University of Illinois Urbana campus.

NCSA will be helping the state advance so-called “Smart State” initiatives, that will use data to make the state run more efficiently and help improve cybersecurity.

Bill Gropp is NCSA’s acting director.  Illinois Public Media’s Brian Moline spoke with Gropp about this partnership and how it developed.

Gropp says he has hopes that the NCSA’s work for the new “Smart State” initiative on the University of Illinois Urbana campus can have a transformative effect on government operations.

“I don’t want to see anything less than Illinois being a leader in the Smart State effort," Gropp said. "I really want to see us transform the way the state does business, and I want to see that done not just with NCSA, but with the whole university system.”

Gropp says he hopes that NCSA can begin work on these projects by this summer.