Joel Smith is vice provost and chief information officer for Carnegie Mellon, Computing Services and also directs the Office of Technology for Education. Prior to his tenure at Carnegie Mellon, Joel directed academic and administrative computing at a number of institutions including Allegheny College, The Claremont Graduate University, MiraCosta College, and Carnegie Mellon. He also has held various academic appointments at Carnegie Mellon, the University of California at San Diego, Indiana University, The Claremont Graduate University, and Allegheny College. Joel has been involved in technology enhanced learning projects since 1990. He is currently the principle investigator in charge of the Open Learning Initiative, a project at Carnegie Mellon funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, to develop demonstrably effective online courses through the application of design principles and practices from cognitive science. Joel serves on advisory boards for Intel Corporation, Apple Computer, Campus Technologies magazine, and Harvard University. He earned his Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh.