Daniel E. Cooke obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1986 from the University of Texas at Arlington. Since 1986 he has worked in the Advanced Technology Department of General Dynamics; as an Assistant Professor at Texas Christian University; and as an Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor/Chair at the University of Texas at El Paso.
From 1999 through 2005, Dr. Cooke served as Professor and Chair of the Computer Science Department at Texas Tech University and, since 2001, also as the Director of the Center for Advanced Intelligent Systems. Presently he serves as Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Center for Advanced Intelligent Systems at Texas Tech University.
In 2000 Cooke was borrowed from Texas Tech University to serve as the founding Manager of NASA’s Intelligent Systems Program. He established the technical content of the program, authored the initial solicitation, funded the initial 90 research projects, navigated the program from formulation to implementation, and established the program office at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California where he was a member of the Center Director’s executive staff.
In 2001, Cooke received the NASA Ames Research Center Information Sciences Award for leadership in establishing a Model Strategic Research Initiative for NASA. In 2002, he received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal and the NASA Group Award, for Contributions to the CICT program.