Professor David Abramson has been appointed director of the University of Queensland’s new research computing centre. Abramson has held a number of leadership roles in education and research over the past 30 years, having been a program leader at CSIRO; associate dean (research) at Griffith University; and head of the school of computer science and software engineering at Monash. Most recently he has served as science director at Monash e-Research Centre and the director of the Monash e-Education Centre. He has been involved in almost all aspects of the national e-research agenda, assisting in the formulation of policy, and serving on a number of implementation committees. Abramson’s research in computer science has been “applications drive”, using real world case studies to determine the types of software tools and techniques that are required.