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Ian Gorton

Professor of the Practice - Seattle

Director - Computer Science Programs - Seattle

Ian Gorton


Office Location

Northeastern University - Seattle
401 Terry Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Ian Gorton
401 Terry Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109


  • PhD in Computer Science, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
  • BS, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom


Ian Gorton joined Northeastern University’s Seattle campus as the director of the computer science master’s program in 2015. Prior to this role, he was a senior member of the technical staff at the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute. He had several projects on the principles of designing massively scalable software architectures for big data applications and building knowledge bases both manually and using machine learning to support engineering tasks.

Before joining the SEI, Gorton was a laboratory fellow in computational sciences and math at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He managed the Data Intensive Scientific Computing research group, and was the chief architect for PNNL’s Data Intensive Computing Initiative. He was also PI for multiple projects in environmental modeling, carbon capture and sequestration, and bioinformatics. This experience has led to a particular interest in the design of large scale, highly customizable cyber-infrastructures for scientific research.

Gorton is a senior member of the IEEE Computer Society and a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society. Until July 2006, he led the software architecture R&D at National ICT Australia in Sydney, Australia, and previously worked at CSIRO, IBM, Microsoft, and in academia in Australia. He is passionate about analyzing and designing complex, high performance distributed systems, and embodying design and architecture principles in methods and tools that can be exploited by architects in other projects.