KATHERINE A. YELICK, Chair, is the vice chancellor for research and the Robert S. Pepper Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Yelick is an internationally recognized expert in high-performance computing (HPC). Her research interests include parallel programming languages, automatic performance tuning, parallel algorithms, and computational genomics. Dr. Yelick concurrently holds a senior faculty scientist appointment at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), where she was an associate laboratory director of the Computing Sciences Area from 2010 through 2019. She was also the director of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center from 2008 through 2012. Dr. Yelick earned her PhD in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
JOHN B. BELL is a senior scientist at LBNL and the chief scientist of LBNL’s Applied Mathematics and Computational Research Division. Dr. Bell’s research focuses on the development and analysis of numerical methods for partial differential equations arising in science and engineering. He has made contributions in the areas of finite volume methods, numerical methods for low Mach number flows, adaptive mesh refinement, stochastic differential equations, interface tracking, and parallel computing. Dr. Bell is a fellow of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He was recipient of the SIAM/Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Prize in Computational Science and Engineering, the Sidney Fernbach Award, and the Berkeley Laboratory Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Bell received his PhD in mathematics from Cornell University in 1977.
WILLIAM W. CARLSON has been a member of the research staff at the IDA Center for Computing Sciences since 1990. Dr. Carlson’s work has centered on innovations focused on computing at extreme scale and its applicability and relevance to a variety of scientific and mathematical applications. These include spearheading the design and implementation of the UPC programming language; work in major research programs such as HTMT, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency High-Productivity Computing Systems program, and Project 38; and current efforts to understand the role of languages such as Rust in large-scale computations. Dr. Carlson is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the ACM. He received his PhD and MSEE from Purdue University and his BS from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
FREDERIC T. CHONG is the Seymour Goodman Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Chicago and the chief scientist for Quantum Software at Infleqtion. He is also the lead principal investigator for the EPiQC (Enabling Practical-scale Quantum Computing) Project, a National Science Foundation (NSF) Expedition in Computing. In 2020, he co-founded Super.tech, a quantum software company, which was acquired by Infleqtion (formerly ColdQuanta) in 2022. He is a fellow of the IEEE and a recipient of the NSF CAREER award, the Intel Outstanding Researcher Award, and 13 best paper awards. His research interests include emerging technologies for computing, quantum computing, multicore and embedded architectures, computer security, and sustainable computing. He received his PhD from MIT in 1996. Dr. Chong has published several articles on the subject of quantum computing, including “Emerging Technologies for Quantum Computing” in the IEEE Micro Special Issue on Quantum Computing in 2021; “Quantum Computer Systems for Scientific Discovery” in Physical Review Research in 2020; “Quantum Computer Systems: Research for Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum Computers” in Synthesis Lectures in Computing in 2020; “Quantum Computing for Enhancing Grid Security” in IEEE Power Engineering Letters in 2020; and “Greater Quantum Efficiency by Breaking Abstractions” in Proceedings of the IEEE in 2020. Quantum computing is a potential key technology to be considered for post-exascale computing.
DONA L. CRAWFORD retired as the associate director for computation from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), where she led the laboratory’s HPC efforts. In that capacity, Ms. Crawford was responsible for the development and deployment of an integrated computing environment for petascale simulations of complex physical phenomena. Prior to her LLNL appointment in 2001, Ms. Crawford was with Sandia National Laboratories since 1976, serving on many leadership projects, including the Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative and the Nuclear Weapons Strategic Business Unit. She has
served on a number of committees of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, including the Committee to Review Governance Reform in the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Committee to Evaluate the NSF’s Vertically Integrated Grants for Research and Education (VIGRE) Program. Additionally, she served on the National Nuclear Security Administration Defense Programs Advisory Committee for High-Performance Computing (2018–2019). Ms. Crawford received her MS in operations research from Stanford University.
MARK E. DEAN is a professor emeritus at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK). His research focus was in advanced computer architecture (neuromorphic computing). Prior to joining UTK, Dr. Dean had a 34-year career in the computer industry working in various executive and research and development positions at IBM. He served as an IBM fellow, chief technology officer of the Middle East and Africa, and vice president of World Wide Strategy and Operations for IBM Research. Dr. Dean holds three of the nine patents for the original IBM PC and created the Industry Standard Architecture, which permitted add-on devices like the keyboard, disk drives, and printers to be connected to the motherboard, earning him election to the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Dr. Dean is currently a committee member for the Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences of the National Academies. Dr. Dean received a PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.
JACK J. DONGARRA is a distinguished professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a distinguished research staff member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dr. Dongarra specializes in numerical algorithms in linear algebra, parallel computing, the use of advanced computer architectures, programming methodology, and tools for parallel computers. He was the recipient of the 2021 ACM A.M. Turing Award. Dr. Dongarra was the first recipient of the SIAM Special Interest Group on Supercomputing’s award for Career Achievement in 2010; in 2019 he received the ACM/SIAM Computational Science and Engineering Prize, and in 2020 he received the IEEE Computer Society Computer Pioneer Award. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), ACM, IEEE, and SIAM and a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Science, a foreign member of the British Royal Society, and a U.S. National Academy of Engineering member. Dr. Dongarra served on the Committee to Study the Future of Supercomputing (2003) and the Committee for Technology Insight (2010). He received his PhD in computer science from the University of New Mexico.
IAN T. FOSTER is the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor of Computer Science at the University of Chicago and also a senior scientist, distinguished fellow, and director of the Data Science and Learning Division at Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Foster’s research deals with distributed, parallel, and data-intensive computing technologies and applications of those technologies to problems in such domains as materials science, climate change, and biomedicine. The Globus software that he co-invented is widely used in national and international cyberinfrastructures and science projects. Dr. Foster currently serves on the National Academies’ U.S. National Committee for CODA-TA. Dr. Foster is a fellow of the AAAS, the ACM, the British Computer Society (BCS), and the IEEE, and is a Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Distinguished Scientists Fellow. He has received the BCS Lovelace Medal and the IEEE Babbage, Goode, and Kanai awards. Dr. Foster obtained a BSc from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and a PhD from Imperial College, United Kingdom, both in computer science.
CHARLES F. McMILLAN is a retired director of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Dr. McMillan has served in leadership roles in the nuclear weapons program at both LANL and LLNL, in which HPC has been essential to program success. During the 1990s, he helped to create the Accelerated Scientific Computing Initiative and led the software development group that produced the first three-dimensional, parallel simulations of a nuclear weapons primary. Dr. McMillan currently serves on the National Academies’ Committee on Assessment of High Energy Density Physics. Dr. McMillan received a PhD in physics from MIT. Dr. McMillan provided classified Annual Assessment letters to the U.S. President, in which he has provided evaluations of the state of computing as one of the tools of stewardship as required by Congress. He has also provided congressional testimony on the U.S. nuclear deterrent that includes the results of modeling and simulation using HPC.
DANIEL I. MEIRON is currently a professor of aerospace and applied and computational math at the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Meiron’s interests include computational fluid dynamics and computational materials science. Dr. Meiron previously served on the National Academies’ NSF Graduate Panel on Applications of Mathematics. He received his ScD in applied mathematics at MIT in 1981.
DANIEL A. REED is the Presidential Professor at The University of Utah, where he is also a professor of computer science and electrical and computer engineering. Previously, Dr. Reed served as The University of Utah’s senior vice president for academic affairs (provost), Microsoft’s corporate vice president for technology policy and extreme computing, founding director of the Renaissance Computing Institute, and director of the
National Center for Supercomputing Applications. He was one of the principal investigators and chief architect for NSF’s TeraGrid, which became NSF XSEDE. Dr. Reed currently chairs the National Science Board. Dr. Reed is serving as the chair of DOE’s Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee (ASCAC) (2016–present). ASCAC conducts studies and issues reports based on requests from DOE leadership. Dr. Reed is a fellow of the ACM, the IEEE, and the AAAS. He previously chaired the National Academies’ Panel on Computational Sciences at the Army Research Laboratory. Other National Academies’ committee memberships include the Committee on Future Directions of NSF Advanced Computing Infrastructures to Support U.S. Science in 2017–2020. Dr. Reed received his BS from the Missouri University of Science and Technology and his MS and PhD from Purdue University, all in computer science.
KAREN E. WILLCOX is the director of the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, associate vice president for research, and a professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics at The University of Texas at Austin (UT). Dr. Willcox holds the W.A. “Tex” Moncrief Jr. Chair in Simulation-Based Engineering and Sciences and the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Centennial Chair in Computing Systems. Prior to UT, Dr. Willcox spent 17 years as a professor at MIT, where she served as the founding co-director of the MIT Center for Computational Engineering and the associate head of the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Dr. Willcox is currently a member of the National Academies’ Board on Mathematical Sciences and Analytics. She previously served on the National Academies’ Panel on Review of the Information Technology Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Dr. Willcox is a fellow of SIAM, a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to aerospace engineering and education. Dr. Willcox holds a bachelor of engineering degree from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and master’s degree and PhD in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT. Dr. Willcox submitted oral and written testimony to the Subcommittee on Energy of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology hearing on Accelerating Discovery. The statement highlights several key strategies for the future of scientific computing at DOE.