Schmidt Futures


US-RSE Funders Talk Series Info

US-RSE is happy to be continuing its series of conversations with funders for 1) RSEs to learn about funding opportunities and review and other processes, 2) RSEs to ask questions of the funder, and 3) funders to ask questions and learn about RSEs.

Visit the Funder Talk Series for more information and links to past presentations.


This talk in the US-RSE Funder Talk Serie featured two speakers from Schmidt Futures:

  • Stuart Feldman, Chief Scientist
  • James Ricci, Director

This event took place Tuesday, October 10th at 12 PM ET, 11 AM CT, 10 AM MT, 9 AM PT



Stuart Feldman Stuart Feldman
Chief Scientist

Stuart Feldman is Chief Scientist of Schmidt Futures where he is responsible for the Scientific Knowledge programs, including creating fellowship programs, supporting nascent innovative research projects, and driving new platforms and larger research projects that aim to change the way scientific research is done.

Stuart did his academic work in astrophysics and mathematics and earned his AB at Princeton and his PhD at MIT. Stuart is best known for writing “Make” and other essential tools. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Mathematics by the University of Waterloo. He is former President of ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) and former member of the board of directors of the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). He received the 2003 ACM Software System Award. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, and AAAS. He is Board Chair of the Center for the Minorities and Disabled in IT, serves on a number of university advisory boards and National Academy panels, and has served on a wide variety of government advisory committees.

James Ricci James Ricci

James Ricci is a Director at Schmidt Futures. In this role, James helps find and manage programs within the Scientific Knowledge portfolio, including fellowship programs and new platforms or research projects that aim to change the way scientific research is done.

Prior to Schmidt Futures, James was an Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Daemen College in Buffalo, NY. In 2018-2019, James was selected as the American Mathematical Society’s Congressional Fellow, where he spent his fellowship in the U.S. Senate working in Senator Amy Klobuchar’s Office as a policy advisor on topics relating to education, healthcare, workforce development, and data privacy. In 2019-2020, James served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the Department of Energy where he worked in the Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program office. In this role, James assisted with program management within the computer science research portfolio on topics relating to data management and analysis, artificial intelligence, supercomputing, high-end computational science, and advanced networking for science. He also helped with operational support for four scientific user facilities, including (what was at the time) the world’s most powerful supercomputer.

James holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Wesleyan University, and a B.A. from Vassar College.