Suzie Allard is associate professor and associate director in UT's School of Information Sciences. Her work focuses on how scientists and engineers use and communicate information, particularly in the virtual environment and across distributed work teams. Current projects center on science data curation, interdisciplinary scientific work teams and science information cybersecurity. Allard is a member of the DataONE Leadership Team and the Board of Directors for the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations. She is PI or Co-PI on grants funded by the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Libraries Services, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, IEEE and others. Allard has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals, spoken at venues around the world and most recently was awarded the 2014 LJ Teaching Award, a national recognition in the information sciences. Before academe, Allard was the vice president of Research Frontiers Corporation which provided creative consultation services to the entertainment industry.