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2005 Private Sector Program Annual Meeting Bios
Thom Dunning is the director for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. He also holds an endowed position as Distinguished Chair for Research Excellence in Chemistry and professor in the department of chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dunning comes to NCSA from Tennessee, where he was the director of the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences in Oak Ridge, a distinguished professor of chemistry and chemical engineering at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and a distinguished scientist in computing and computational sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Before that, Dunning was responsible for supercomputing and networking for the University of North Carolina System and was a professor of chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Before going to North Carolina, Dunning was assistant director for scientific simulation in the Office of Science at the U.S. Department of Energy, on leave from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. In that position, he was instrumental in creating DOE's new scientific computing program, Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC). SciDAC is the federal government's first comprehensive program aimed at developing the software infrastructure needed for scientific computing.
Dunning is the former leader of the Theoretical and Computational Chemistry Group at Argonne National Laboratory and was associate director for theory, modeling, and simulation in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as well as EMSL director. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science as well as a member of the American Chemical Society. He received his bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1965 from the University of Missouri-Rolla and his Ph.D. in chemical physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1970.
Eng Lim Goh has been with SGI for 14 years, becoming one of the chief scientists in 1998 and chief technology officer in 2001. His tenure has included work in computer graphics algorithms and high-performance computing (HPC) architectures. Goh oversees Project Ultraviolet, the goal of which is to design and build the company's next-generation science-driven computer architecture. He is also the coauthor of SGI's recommendation to the high-end computing revitalization task force (HECRTF) for federal funding of key corresponding technologies. This proposal was reviewed by HECRTF in May 2003 and judged to be one of the top submitted papers.
A strong proponent of designing next-generation computer systems specifically for applications performance, Goh advocates computational density and a balanced multi-paradigm approach, across a globally addressable memory, to architectural design that maps to the profile of customer applications.
In computer graphics, Goh's current research interest is in the relationships between human visual perception and visual computing. He has been awarded a U.S. patent in this field. He is also leading a small research effort to investigate application-transparent, massively parallel advanced rendering.
Before joining SGI, Goh worked for Intergraph Systems, Schlumberger Wireline Netherlands, and Shell Research U.K. A Shell Cambridge University Scholar, he completed his PhD research and dissertation on parallel architectures and computer graphics. He also holds a first-class honors degree in mechanical engineering from Birmingham University, U.K.
Sangtae Kim, Donald W. Feddersen Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University; director of the Shared Cyberinfrastructure Division at the National Science Foundation
Sangtae "Sang" Kim is the Donald W. Feddersen Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University. Currently he is on leave from Purdue and is acting as the inaugural director of the Division of Shared Cyberinfrastructure in the National Science Foundation's Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate.
Until October 2003, Sang served as vice president and information officer of Lilly Research Laboratories, a division of Eli Lilly and Company, where over a three-year period he provided both vision and leadership in the data-intensive, post-genomic IT environment of the research-based pharmaceutical industry.
From 1997 to 2000, Sang served as vice president for R&D IT at the Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical Research division of Warner-Lambert Company. During year 2000, in what was then the largest merger in the history of the corporate world, he served on various Pfizer-Warner Lambert merger and integration teams and helped design the new IT organization for Pfizer Global R&D.
From 1983 to 1997, Sang was a faculty member in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned tenure in four years, the rank of full professor in year seven and a distinguished professorship chair in year eight for his work in mathematical and computational methods for microhydrodynamics (now more commonly known as microfluidics). His computational insights into "hydrodynamic steering" played an influential role in 1994-95 in the development of fluidic self assembly, the novel process employed today for manufacturing of ultra low-cost radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. While at UW-Madison and in recognition of his accomplishments in high-performance computing, Sang was extended a courtesy faculty appointment in the Department of Computer Sciences.
Sang is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers. His research citations include the 1993 Allan P. Colburn Award of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the 1992 Award for Initiatives in Research from the National Academy of Sciences and a Presidential Young Investigator award from NSF in 1985. He has an active record of service on science and technology advisory boards of government agencies, the National Research Council, and companies in IT-intensive industries.
A native of Seoul, but a product of the "K-11" public schools of Montreal, Sang received concurrent BSc and MSc degrees (1979) from Caltech and a PhD (1983) from Princeton.
Steve Scott is the chief technology officer at Cray Inc., where he has been since receiving his PhD in computer architecture from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1992. Steve was the chief architect of the Cray X1 supercomputer and follow-on system, was one of the principle architects of the Cray T3E, and is a principle investigator for the Cray DARPA High Productivity Computing Systems contract. Steve holds 14 U.S. patents and has served on numerous program committees.