Mercè Crosas is the University Research Data Management Officer, with Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT), and Chief Data Science and Technology Officer at Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS). Before re-joining Harvard in 2004, Dr. Crosas worked for six years in the educational software and biotech industries, initially as a software developer, and subsequently as director of the software development team. She contributed to the development of lab information management systems (LIMS) for SNP discovery and genotyping and mass spectrometry. Before that, she spent six years at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, first as a pre-doctoral fellow for her Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Rice University, and later as a post-doctoral fellow, researcher, and software engineer with the Radioastronomy division. There she worked on Monte Carlo simulations of radiative transfer in evolved stars and contributed to the software for the Submillimeter Array interferometer. She earned a B.S. in Physics from the Universitat de Barcelona, Spain.