Fred Cate is a Distinguished Professor and C. Ben Dutton Professor of Law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington and an adjunct professor in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering. He was appointed vice president for research in 2015.
As vice president for research, Cate oversees research administration, research compliance, and research development across all of IU’s campuses. He has overseen the launch of IU’s Grand Challenges program, an unprecedented university investment of $300 million to fund research initiatives that address major large-scale problems facing humanity that can only be solved by pairing faculty and students from all disciplines with cross-sector teams of community and business leaders. As of 2017, IU has launched three Grand Challenge initiatives - https://grandchallenges.iu.edu
Cate’s work focuses on information privacy, security, and other information law and policy issues. He served as the founding director of IU's Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research from 2003 to 2014 and has served as managing director of the IU Center for Law, Ethics and Applied Research in Health Information.
The author of more than 150 scholarly articles and books, Cate has generated more than $10 million in external research funding. He has testified in congressional, state legislative and agency hearings more than 50 times and has sat on a number of national and international committees, councils, and boards, including the National Security Agency’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Panel, the National Academy of Sciences’ Forum on Cyber Resilience, Intel’s Privacy and Security External Advisory Board, the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity Committee, the International Foundation for Online Responsibility’s Policy Council, and the Kinsey Institute board. He is also one of the founding editors of the Oxford University Press journal International Data Privacy Law.
Cate has served on numerous university-wide committees, including the Distinguished Professor Selection Committee, the Committee on Classified and Restricted Research, the University Intellectual Property Policy Committee, the University Conflicts of Interest Committee, and the Provost and Executive Vice President Search Committee. He served as special advisor to then-Vice President for Research McRobbie from 2005 to 2007. From 2005 to 2009, Cate served as co-chair of the Alliance of Distinguished and Titled Professors.
Cate received his J.D. and his A.B. with Honors and Distinction from Stanford University. He first came to IU as an associate professor at the Maurer School of Law in 1990. His wife, Beth Cate, is a member of the faculty in IU’s School for Public and Environmental Affairs.
A senator, fellow, and past president of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Cate received the IU Trustees’ Teaching Award in 2004 and 2010, the IU Maurer School of Law Public Interest Faculty Award in 2010, and the IU Teaching Excellence Recognition Award in 1999.