HPC Leader and U. of Wyoming President Edward Seidel to Give RMACC Keynote

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BOULDER, CO – University of Wyoming President Edward Seidel has been selected to Keynote the 12th annual Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium’s (RMACC) High Performance Computing Symposium, August 2-4 in Boulder.

President Seidel will speak on “The Compute and Data-enabled Transformation of Science and Society.”   Seidel said his talk will focus on the impact of computing – including data science, simulation and modeling, artificial intelligence and other forms of computation – across academia, industry and society.   He also plans to discuss opportunities for regional collaboration in the Mountain West.

Prior to coming to the University of Wyoming in 2019, Seidel was Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was among the original co-principal investigators for Blue Waters, a federally funded project that brought one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers to Urbana-Champaign.   Previously, he directed the Office of Cyberinfrastructure and led the Directorate of Mathematical and Physical Sciences as National Science Foundation Assistant Director.

On the international level he directed the numerical relativity group at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Germany, and he served as Senior Vice President for research and innovation for the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Moscow, Russia (in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

Dr. Seidel will join Elizabeth Leake, Director of Research Computing at Boise State University and founder of the global nonprofit STEM-Trek, in Keynoting the Symposium, which will once again be held “in person” at the Wolf Law Center on the campus of the University of Colorado Boulder.  Registration will be opened in May.

The multi-track Symposium brings together faculty, researchers, industry leaders and students, offering presentations from industry and educational leaders and a wide array of panel discussions and tutorials.   Several sessions are designed for students and newcomers to HPC, providing the opportunity to learn about HPC careers, according to Becky Yeager, the RMACC’s executive director and coordinator for the Symposium.