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Committee Members
  Dr. Juan C. Meza, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  Dr. Bryant York, Portland State University

  Dr. Monica L. Martinez-Canales, Sandia National Laboratories, Co-Chair
  Dr. Pamela J. Williams, Sandia National Laboratories, Co-Chair

  Dr. Nancy Leveson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Chair

  Dr. Nina Berry, Sandia National Laboratories, Chair
  Dr. Tony Drummond, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  Dr. Ann Gates, University of Texas-El Paso
  Dr. Gilbert Rochon, Purdue University

  Dr. Brian M. Dennis, Northwestern University, Chair

  Dr. Joan Francioni, Winona State University, Chair
  Dr. Ann Smith, Saint Mary's University

  Dr. Jeffrey Forbes, Duke University, Chair
  Greg Lawrence, University of California, Berkeley

  Dr. Radha Nandkumar, National Center for Supercomputer Applications, Chair

  Dr. Valerie Taylor, Texas A&M University, Co-Chair
  Dr. Kevin D. Franklin, University of California, Irvine, Co-Chair

  Phoebe Lenear, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Chair
  Dr. Juan Gilbert, Auburn University
  Scott Lathrop, National Center for Supercomputing Applications
  Dr. Andrea Lawrence, Spelman College
  Stephenie McLean, National Center for Supercomputing Applications

  Deanna Smith, Rice University, emeritus
  Ceola Curly, Rice University

  Ann Redelfs, Cornell University, Chair
  Portia M. Eley, Boston's Community Medical Group

  Theresa Chatman

  Tony Baylis, National Center for Supercomputing Applications
  Portia M. Eley, Boston's Community Medical Group
  Cynthia Lanius, Rice University, emeritus
  Dr. Monica Martinez-Canales, Sandia National Laboratories
  Dr. Juan Meza, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  Dr. Radha Nandkumar, National Center for Supercomputing Applications
  Ann Redelfs, Cornell University
  Dr. Valerie Taylor, Texas A&M University
  Dr. Pamela Williams, Sandia National Laboratories
  Dr. Bryant York, Portland State University

  Dr. David Burgess, Boston College
  Dr. Agnes Chan, Northeastern University
  Dr. Y.T. Chien, WTEC, Inc.
  Dr. Dona Crawford, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  Dr. Gerald Engel, IEEE-CS and University of Connecticut-Stamford
  Dr. Jim Foley, Computing Research Assocation and Georgia Institute of Technology
  Dr. Roscoe Giles, Boston University
  Dr. Barbara Grosz, Harvard University
  Dr. Mary Jane Irwin, Penn State University
  Dr. Ken Kennedy, Rice University
  Dr. Maria Klawe, Association for Computing Machinery and Princeton University
  Dr. Vipin Kumar, University of Minnesota
  Dr. Ed Lazowska, University of Washington
  Dr. Jacques Richard, Texas A&M University
  Dr. Barbara Simons, IBM retired
  Dr. Richard Tapia, Rice University
  Dr. Valerie Taylor, Texas A&M University


Conference Committee Chair Biographies
Nina Berry
Sandia National Laboratories
Chair, Doctoral Consortium

Nina Berry received a B.S. in Computer Science at Mary Washington College. She went on to receive a M.S. in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State. Dr. Berry is currently a Principal Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories. Dr. Berry researches software entities known as intelligent agents. In addition to her numerous publications, she chairs a standards committee for the Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents. Because of her outstanding accomplishments, Dr. Berry has received a Women of Color Technology Award in Government and Defense for Educational Leadership in Government.

Brian M. Dennis
Northwestern University
Chair, Posters

Brian M. Dennis is an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University jointly appointed in the Computer Science Department of the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the New Media Program of the Medill School of Journalism. As a graduate student in Computer Science at UC Berkeley he caught the newsroom bug working on a journalism minor and has been interested in the intersection of media and technology ever since.

Portia M. Eley
Boston's Community Medical Group
Public Relations Committee

Portia Eley has worked in the business and computer community for over 11 years. The past three years have been spent gaining technical knowledge and skills. Portia has assisted specialty schools in developing and maintaining LAN and WAN systems, as well as hardware and software installation and configuration; helping these schools run more efficiently and effectively. Her specialty is creating tutorials and assisting in training faculty, students and staff on networked resources.

Most recently, she completed a Master of Management in Business at Cambridge College. She serves on several committees that promote diversity, women in business and information technology. Her current interests include developing tutorials for children ages 2 and up who have limited access to computer resources, with intent to teach them computer use.

Jeffrey Forbes
Duke University
Chair, BOFs

Jeffrey Forbes is an Assistant Professor of the Practice at Duke University. He received a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include intelligent agents, robotics, and computer science education.

Phoebe Lenear
National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Chair, Scholarships

Phoebe E. Lenear received her B. S. and M.S. degrees in general engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) with specializations in mathematics and human-computer interaction. In January 2004, she will be receiving her PhD in Human Resource Education, with an emphasis in technology education and training, instructional design, and program evaluation. Her dissertation topic is entitled, "The Effect of an Internet-based Mentoring Program on the Transactional Distance, Interaction, and Dialogue between Mentors and Proteges." Her aspirations are to continue research in online mentoring and work with inner city schools to assist them with integrating technology into the classroom.

She currently works as a Program Manager at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) in Champaign, IL and serves as the chairperson of the NCSA Diversity Committee.

Monica Martinez-Canales
Sandia National Laboratories
Co-Chair, Technical Program

Monica Martinez-Canales is a senior member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories where she engages in research on error estimation of numerical solutions of partial differential equations, design of experiments, Bayesian statistics, and uncertainty quantification.

Dr. Martinez-Canales holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Stanford University, an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Computational Applied Mathematics from Rice University. She completed an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Dept. of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University prior to joining Sandia National Laboratories.

Juan Meza
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Juan Meza holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Mathematical Sciences from Rice University. He also holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering (cum laude) from Rice University. His current research interests include parallel nonlinear optimization and methods for uncertainty quantification.

As head of the High Performance Computing Research Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Dr. Meza oversees work in scientific data management, visualization, computational grids, numerical algorithms, and application development. He is responsible for developing short- and long-term research and development plans and proposing new technology directions.

Prior to joining Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Dr. Meza worked at Sandia National Laboratories.

Radha Nandkumar
Chair, Finance

Radha Nandkumar obtained her Ph. D. in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A. Her research interests in the areas of condensed matter physics, extrapolated to astrophysical systems, have extended to observational astronomy, theoretical modeling and computational science. She joined the staff of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications in Illinois in 1985 and has been with the Center since its inception. She has held various responsibilities at NCSA for enabling computational science research and has an in-depth knowledge of current trends in technology and advances in computational science. She has participated in NCSA's strategic planning, management, customer relationships, peer review processes and resource allocations. Most recently she also completed an Executive M.B.A. at the University of Illinois and is in charge of NCSA's Campus Faculty Relations and International Affiliations Program. She is a speaker and a panelist and has made numerous invited presentations globally in the area of high performance computing and computational science. She serves on several committees that promote diversity, women in computing and information technology, and computational science. Her current research interests are related to grid computing.

Ann Redelfs
Cornell University
Chair, Public Relations

Ann Redelfs has worked in and volunteered for the high-performance computing community for 15 years at National Science Foundation-sponsored centers of computing and research, including the Cornell Theory Center, Center for Research in Parallel Computation, and the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC). During this time, she developed partnerships and plans to strengthen the base and scope of these centers and their missions, participated in strategic planning, and developed and executed external relations and education strategies and programs.

She has worked to strengthen diversity programs for several conferences and organizations, including the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing, Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Coalition to Diversify Computing, CRA Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research, Institute for Women and Technology, and the Education, Outreach, and Training Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure. Finally, she was the co-chair of SDSC's Diversity Committee, overseeing programs to strengthen the work environment for all SDSC employees, from 2000-2002.

Valerie E. Taylor
Texas A&M University
Chair, Fundraising

Valerie E. Taylor earned her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1991. From 1991-2002, Dr. Taylor was a member of the faculty of Northwestern University. Dr. Taylor has since joined the faculty of Texas A&M University as Head of the Dwight Look College of Engineering's Department of Computer Science and holder of the Stewart & Stevenson Professorship II.

Her research interests are in the areas of computer architecture and high performance computing, with particular emphasis on mesh partitioning for distributed systems and the performance of parallel and distributed applications. She has authored or co-authored over 70 publications in these areas. Dr. Taylor has received numerous awards for distinguished leadership and research.

Pamela J. Williams
Sandia National Laboratories
Co-Chair, Technical Program

Pamela J. Williams is a senior member of the technical staff in the Computational Sciences and Mathematics Research Department at Sandia National Laboratories. Her research interests include large-scale constrained optimization and mathematical software design.

A native of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Dr. Williams earned a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Kentucky. In 1998, Williams received her Ph.D. in computational and applied mathematics from Rice University, studying under thesis advisors Richard Tapia and Amr El-Bakry. Her outreach activities include the Go Figure Mathematical Challenge, Expanding Your Horizons in Sciences and Mathematics, and Santa Clara University's Mentoring Underrepresented Students in Engineering (MUSE) Program. Williams' honors and awards include an Otis A. Singletary Scholarship (1987-1991), National Society of Black Engineers Fellow (1990 and 1991), AT&T Cooperative Research Fellowship (1991-1998), and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Education Outreach Award (2001). She is a member of ACM, INFORMS, NSBE, and SIAM.

Bryant W. York
Portland State University

Bryant York holds an A.B. in mathematics from Brandeis University, an M.S. in management from the Sloan School at MIT, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has held industrial research positions at the IBM Research Labs and at Digital Equipment Corporation's Artificial Intelligence Technology Center. He is currently professor and research director for the Computer Science Department at Portland State University, formerly associate professor and research director for the College of Computer Science at Northeastern University and formerly associate professor of computer science at Boston University.

York has been a member of the NSF CISE Advisory Committee and of the NSF SBE Advisory Panel for the Ethics, Values, and Society. He is a member of ACM SIAM, IEEE-CS, AAAS, ACM Education Board, and ACM US Public Policy Committee.