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TACC Adds New Members to Strategic Advisory Board for 2013-2015

Victoria Stodden, Alex Szalay, Dan Reed bring deep expertise in diverse areas of data and science

AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) today announced the appointment of two new members and one former member to the TACC Strategic Advisory Board, formerly called the TACC Board of Visitors.

Joining the Board for the first time are Victoria Stodden, assistant professor of Statistics at Columbia University, and Alex Szalay, Alumni Centennial Professor of Astronomy at The Johns Hopkins University and professor in the Department of Computer Science. Re-joining the Board for a second term is Dan Reed, vice president for Research and Economic Development and University Chair in Computational Science and Bioinformatics at the University of Iowa, who served on TACC's Board from 2009 to 2011.

Victoria Stodden

Victoria Stodden


Alex Szalay

Alex Szalay


Dan Reed

Dan Reed

"TACC strives to advance science and society through advanced computing, and having the maximum impact requires understanding new opportunities and challenges," TACC Director Jay Boisseau said. "As we broaden our support for science and engineering to address important problems in medicine and healthcare, energy and the environment, urban planning and education, and beyond, we will design, develop, and deploy new technologies for data driven research. I'm very pleased to welcome Victoria Stodden and Alex Szalay to TACC's Strategic Advisory Board, and to re-welcome Dan Reed. We look forward to their guidance and insights as we develop solutions for scientific research."

The Strategic Advisory Board includes accomplished leaders in science, technology and business, and helps guide the evolution of TACC's vision and strategy. Board members support the center by identifying and recommending new opportunities in advanced computational research and development; contributing experience and guidance that enhances TACC's overall growth; and reviewing the existing activities of the center and providing constructive suggestions for enhancing impact and effectiveness.

Stodden's research centers on the multifaceted problem of enabling reproducibility in computational science, especially for massive data. This includes studying adequacy and robustness in replicated results, designing and implementing validation systems, developing standards of openness for data and code sharing, and resolving legal and policy barriers to disseminating reproducible research.

"I'm delighted and honored to be joining the TACC Advisory Board," Stodden said. "This is an especially exciting time as massive data is becoming an important driver of scientific research and discovery."

Szalay is a cosmologist who works on various statistical analyses of the clustering of galaxies in the Universe. He is the Alumni Centennial Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the Johns Hopkins University, also professor of Computer Science. In addition, he was the architect of the SkyServer, the archive for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.

"I'm very excited to become a member of the TACC Board since there are incredible opportunities to turn large supercomputer simulations into widely used, public numerical laboratories, creating a new synergy between high-performance computing and Big Data", Szalay said. "We also see an emerging convergence across life and physical sciences as a result of such simulations, thus the potential broad scientific impact is enormous."

Reed, a computational scientist well-known for his contributions to high-performance computing and science policy, recently served as Microsoft's corporate vice president for Technology Policy and Extreme Computing, where he helped shape the company's longā€term vision for technology innovations in cloud computing.

"I'm delighted to again be part of the TACC Board as we plan the next generation of advanced computing and data analytics environments. It's an exciting time for computational science," Reed said. "TACC is a leader in the deployment and operation of innovative technologies. The center also works with researchers across the country to expand the application of HPC into new scientific and engineering domains."

The Strategic Advisory Board was formed in 2009 and currently has 10 members, each appointed to a two-year term with the option of reappointment at the end of each term.

The TACC Strategic Advisory Board members for the 2013 to 2015 term are:

  • Charlie Catlett, senior computer scientist, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Sid Karin, professor of Computer Science and Engineering, University of California, San Diego
  • Pike Powers, attorney at law and civic entrepreneur, Duff & Phelps
  • Dan Reed, corporate vice president for the Extreme Computing Group, Microsoft Research
  • Mark Seager, chief technology officer for the HPC Ecosystem at Intel
  • Victoria Stodden, assistant professor of Statistics at Columbia University
  • Alex Szalay, Alumni Centennial Professor of Astronomy at the Johns Hopkins University and professor in the Department of Computer Science
  • Peter R. Taylor, director of the Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative, University of Melbourne
  • Patricia J. Teller, computer science professor, The University of Texas at El Paso
  • John N. Weinstein, chair, Department of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Three members are completing their 2011-2013 appointments: Peter Flawn, Elaine Kant and Patrick Starley. "I want to personally thank Peter, Elaine and Patrick for their guidance and support over the last two years," Boisseau said. "Each of these remarkable individuals has helped support TACC's mission, vision and strategy with their unique wisdom and experiences."

The TACC Strategic Advisory Board meets twice a year. The next meeting will convene at SC'13 in November in Denver, Colorado.

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Date Posted: 2013-07-02       Faith Singer-Villalobos

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