Luke Olson named director of Computational Science & Engineering, Parallel Computing Institute

By Engineering Communications   ::   05/15/2017 - 11:32

Luke Olson
Luke Olson
Luke Olson has been named the next Director of Computational Science & Engineering (CSE) and the Parallel Computing Institute, pending Board of Trustees approval. Olson is professor and associate head in the Department of Computer Science (CS) and a Willett Faculty Scholar in the College of Engineering. He succeeds Narayan Aluru, who completed a "most impactful five-year term leadership of CSE this semester," according to Dean Andreas Cangellaris.
A renowned expert in the field of scientific computing and numerical analysis, Olson has been a member of the CS faculty since 2005 and an affiliate professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering since 2010. A member of the CSE steering committee since 2013, he has been selected as the co-chair of the 2019 Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Conference on Computational Science and Engineering.
Olson assumes the CSE director role at a very opportune time for growth of CSE’s mission as a pillar of the College’s pursuits and activities in the computing and the data revolution underway. In an expanded role of the director of CSE, he will be asked to bolster CSE's educational mission by preparing and training our students and researchers in the computing skills and tools needed for breakthrough scientific discovery and innovation. Such training will span the needs of all disciplines in the College of Engineering and beyond to the rest of our campus, and will encompass advancing algorithms for modern architectures and emerging applications, the challenges of ubiquitous parallelism in computing platforms, and the changing landscape of CSE software and design.
In addition, Olson will assume the leadership of the activities of the Parallel Computing Institute (PCI), which, moving forward, will operate under the auspices of CSE. He replaces Bill Gropp, who is serving as Interim Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Gropp will continue to remain engaged with PCI in an advising role.

"I look forward to Luke's efforts to strengthen PCI’s role as a catalyst and enabler of cross-campus collaborations of Illinois researchers in new, application-focused research efforts that leverage the latest and most efficient parallel computing technologies for new scientific discoveries and innovations," Cangellaris said.