Panelists’ Biographies

Alvin W. Trivelpiece

Since May 2000, Trivelpiece has been a consultant to Sandia National Laboratories.

From January 1989 through March 2000 he served as the Director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). In January 1996, he was appointed President of Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corporation, the managing and operating contractor for ORNL. At ORNL, he was responsible for its programs that included applied research and engineering development in the support of the Department of Energy’s fusion, fission, conservation, and fossil energy technology programs and basic scientific research in selected areas of the physical and life sciences. As director of ORNL, he supervised a staff of over 5000 and managed a budget of more than $500 million.

Trivelpiece served as the executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) from April 1987 to January 1989. As the executive officer of the country’s leading general science organization, he was responsible for all of the Association’s activities and programs and served as publisher of Science, the Association’s weekly journal.

He came to the AAAS from the U.S. Department of Energy, where he served as the director of the Office of Energy Research from 1981 to 1987. From 1978 to 1981, Trivelpiece was corporate vice president at Science Applications, Inc., in La Jolla, California, and from 1976 to 1978 he was vice president for engineering and research at Maxwell Laboratories in San Diego, California.

Trivelpiece was a professor of physics at the University of Maryland from 1966 to 1976 and was a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Department of Electrical Engineering from 1959 to 1966. While on leave from the University of Maryland, from 1973 to 1975, he served with the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission as assistant director for research in the Division of Controlled Thermonuclear Research.

A native Californian, he received his B.S. degree from California Polytechnic State University in 1953, and his M.S. (in 1955) and Ph.D. degree (in 1958) from the California Institute of Technology.

He was a member of the Board of Directors of Bausch & Lomb, Inc from 1989 to 2001, and of Charles River Laboratories from 1992 to 1999. He was the “Head of the 1986 US Delegation on Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy to the USSR.” He was a member of the National Research Council’s Committee on Science and Technology Policy Aspects of Selected Social and Economic Issues in Russia, and a member (2000 – 2002) of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on the Technical Aspects of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

Trivelpiece was a Fulbright scholar in the Netherlands from 1958 to 1959 and a Guggenheim Fellow in 1967. He was named Distinguished Alumnus of California Polytechnic in 1978 and of the California Institute of Technology in 1987. He received the Secretary of Energy’s Gold Medal for Distinguished Service in 1987. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1993.

His research has focused on plasma physics, controlled thermonuclear research, and particle accelerators. He was granted several patents on accelerators and microwave devices and is the author or co-author of many papers and two books.

He serves as an advisor to government agencies. He is a fellow of the AAAS, the American Physical Society, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and is a member of the American Nuclear Society, the American Association of University Professors, Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Xi.

Rupak Biswas

Rupak Biswas received his Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Physics (1982) and his Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science (1985), both from the University of Calcutta, India, and his M.S. (1988) and Ph.D. (1991) in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.  He has been at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, since 1991, and is currently a Senior Computer Scientist in the NASA Advanced Supercomputing Division.  He is the Group Leader of about 25 scientists in the Algorithms, Tools, and Architectures Group that performs research in computer science technology for high-performance scientific computing.  The group's goal is to advance the state-of-the-art in parallel and distributed computational performance for key NASA algorithms, applications, and workloads.  He is also the Level 3 Manager for High End Computing Research and the Level 2 Planning Lead for Advanced Computing Architectures and Technologies under the CICT Program of the NASA Office of Aerospace Technology.

He was awarded a NASA Excellence Award in 1993 for his work on developing an automatic mesh adaptation procedure for three-dimensional unstructured meshes for problems in computational fluid dynamics.  His paper that compared and analyzed parallel performance of a dynamic irregular application using different programming paradigms on various architectural platforms won the Best Paper Award at the SC'99 conference.  He was a co-recipient of the 2001 NASA Group Achievement Award as a member of the Information Power Grid Group, which made outstanding contributions to the Agency's mission.

He has published more than 100 technical papers in archival journals and major peer-reviewed conferences, given numerous invited talks, and edited several journal special issues.  His research interests include parallel and distributed processing, high end computing, innovative computer architectures, parallel adaptive finite element methods, performance evaluation and modeling, and helicopter aerodynamics and acoustics.  He has also served as a Program Committee member for many national and international conferences, and was a member of the NITRD-sponsored High End Computing Revitalization Task Force.

Jack Dongarra

Jack Dongarra received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Chicago State University in 1972 and a Master of Science in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1973. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of New Mexico in 1980. He worked at the Argonne National Laboratory until 1989, becoming a senior scientist. He now holds an appointment as University Distinguished Professor of Computer Science in the Computer Science Department at the University of Tennessee and is holds the title of Distinguished Research Staff in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and an Adjunct Professor in the Computer Science Department at Rice University. He is the director of the Innovative Computing Laboratory at the University of Tennessee which has a staff of 50 people doing research in the area of high performance computing. He is also the director of the Center for Information Technology Research at the University of Tennessee which coordinates and facilitates IT research efforts at the University.

Jack Dongarra specializes in numerical algorithms in linear algebra, parallel computing, use of advanced-computer architectures, programming methodology, and tools for parallel computers. His research includes the development, testing and documentation of high quality mathematical software. He has contributed to the design and implementation of the following open source software packages and systems: EISPACK, LINPACK, the BLAS, LAPACK, ScaLAPACK, Netlib, PVM, MPI, NetSolve, Top500, ATLAS, and PAPI. He has published approximately 200 articles, papers, reports and technical memoranda and he is coauthor of several books. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, ACM, and the IEEE and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Peter Paul

Peter Paul has served as Brookhaven National Laboratory's Deputy Director for Science and Technology since March 1998. From October 2001 until March 2003, Paul also served as Interim Laboratory Director during a crucial time in the development of several new initiatives and facilities at Brookhaven. Paul received a Ph.D. in experimental nuclear physics from the University of Freiburg (Germany) in 1959, and after a nuclear physics research at Stanford University joined the faculty of Stony Brook University's (USB) Department of Physics in 1967. He became Distinguished Service Professor in 1992, and he served as Chair of the Physics Department from 1986 to 1990, and from 1996 to 1998. As Director of USB's Nuclear Structure facility, Paul developed and constructed the university's superconducting heavy ion linear accelerator. A Fellow of the American Physical Society, Paul won the Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Award in 1983. He was a member of the DOE/National Science Foundation Nuclear Science Advisory Committee from 1980 to 1983 and served as chair of the committee from 1989 to 1992. He is the author of about 170 refereed articles in nuclear and accelerator science journals.

Katherine Yelick

Katherine Yelick is a professor in the EECS Department at the University of California at Berkeley. Her research in high performance computing addresses parallel programming languages, compiler analyses for explicitly parallel code, and optimization techniques for communication and memory system architectures. Much of her work has addressed the problems of programming irregular applications on parallel machines. Her parallel language and compiler projects include the Split-C and UPC languages, which are parallel extensions of C, and the Titanium language, a high performance scientific computing language based on Java. She also led the compiler effort for the Berkeley IRAM project, a single chip system that combines vector processing computing in a low-power Processor-in-Memory chip, and the Sparsity code generation system for automatic tuning of sparse matrix kernels. She currently leads the UPC team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and co-leads the Titanium and BeBOP (Berkeley Benchmarking and Optimization) teams at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her Bachelor's, Master's, and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she worked on parallel programming methods and automatic theorem proving. She won the Geroge M. Sprowls Award for an outstanding Ph.D. dissertation at MIT.