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Personal Profile of Mr. Peter Preuss


Peter Preuss headed ISSCO, Integrated Software Systems Corporation, a San Diego-based company, until it was purchased by Computer Associates in 1986. ISSCO was originally formed in 1970 without outside capital, and grew under the leadership of Mr. Preuss as President, and later as Chairman of the Board, into one of the world's leading independent developers and suppliers of visual information systems software used to create high quality graphics for business, government, scientific, engineering, and project management applications. Throughout its history, ISSCO was highly profitable, and at the time of its sale marketed software through a network of nineteen domestic and fourteen foreign sales offices. It was a publicly traded company on Nasdaq.

Mr. Preuss was a founder and long-time director of the National Computer Graphics Association. Some of the companies he serves or has served on the Board of Directors are: Biosym Technologies, Inc., CENTRAX Corporation, Dr. Design, Inc., DepoTech Corporation (DEPO), DOME Imaging Systems, Inc., EGEA Biosciences, Inc., GPC-Biotech Gmbh, Network Computing Devices, Inc. (NCDI), Overland Storage, Inc., Sierra Geophysics, Inc., Execucom, Westec Services, and Wright Strategies, Inc.

Mr. Preuss was born in Berlin, Germany, and received his undergraduate education at the Technical University of Hanover. He was elected to an honorary fellowship, which allowed him to enroll in the Graduate School of Mathematics at the University of California, San Diego, where he earned a Master's Degree. He had completed most of the work toward a PhD when he founded ISSCO. At the time, ISSCO was the first software company specializing in computer graphics.

In 1985, Mr. Preuss founded The Preuss Foundation, Inc., which specializes in fostering communication among scientists in the field of cancer. The Preuss Foundation has hosted and sponsored thirty-three seminars and conferences for various specialty areas of cancer research as they pertain to CNS malignancies. The foundation has also funded many research projects since its inception, and founded the Preuss Laboratory for Molecular Neuro-Oncology in San Francisco, California, and the Preuss Laboratory for Brain Tumor Research at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.

Mr. Preuss is a Regent for the University of California and served a term on the Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health. He serves or has served on the boards of the following institutions: The National Brain Tumor Foundation, Duke University Cancer Center Board of Overseers, Dartmouth Medical School, The Board of Trustees, The Children's Hospital and Health Center of San Diego, the Board of Overseers of the University of California, San Diego, Board of Overseers, Dartmouth Medical School, the California Council on Science and Technology and The Bishop's School Board of Trustees. He is a past president of the University of California, San Diego Cancer Center Foundation, and served on its board of directors since 1984. He has served on the Scripps-UCSD Joint Cancer Institute Planning Committee. Mr. Preuss is also an active member of the UCSD-CONNECT Steering Committee and sits on the board of the San Diego BioCommerce Association, Inc. In addition, he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach. He has been presented with the Special Recognition Award of the National Computer Graphics Association and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons for his outstanding contributions to neuro-oncology.

Current/Future Committee Membership
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Past Committee Membership
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Board of Trustees Feb 13, 2003 Mar 01, 2007
Education Committee Mar 01, 2003 Mar 01, 2007