Dr. William “Bill” Gropp will become the fifth Director for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) on July 16th. Dr. Gropp has been serving as Interim Director and Chief Scientist of the center at the University of Illinois.
To read more about the accomplishments of Dr. Gropp check out the full press release here, and an excerpt below:
Gropp was appointed to the roles of acting and then interim director of NCSA by Vice Chancellor for Research Peter Schiffer when former NCSA director Dr. Ed Seidel stepped up to serve as Vice President for Economic Development and Innovation for the University of Illinois System.
“Bill has provided solid and forward-looking leadership as acting and interim director during the past ten months, said Dr. Peter Schiffer, Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “I have every confidence that he will guide NCSA into the next era of scientific research and the application of advanced digital resources.”
Gropp, who joined the Urbana-Champaign faculty in 2007, holds the Thomas M. Siebel Chair in Computer Science and has served as NCSA’s chief scientist since 2015. He is a co-principal investigator of Blue Waters, the fastest supercomputer on an academic campus, which enables scientists from across the country to make discoveries not otherwise possible.