Vice President, Technical & Conference Activities
2017-2019 Board of Governors
Dr. William "Bill" Gropp is NCSA Director and Chief Scientist, and holds the Thomas M. Siebel Chair in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1982. He was on the faculty of the Computer Science Department of Yale University from 1982-1990 and from 1990-2007 he was a member of the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory, including as Associate Director of the Mathematics and Computer Science Division. Dr. Gropp recently co-chaired the National Academy's Committee on Future Directions for NSF Advanced Computing Infrastructure to Support U.S. Science. In 2016, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and IEEE Computer Society named Gropp the recipient of the 2016 ACM/IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award “for highly influential contributions to the programmability of high-performance parallel and distributed computers, and extraordinary service to the profession.”
He has played a major role in the development of the MPI message-passing standard. He is co-author of MPICH, the most widely used implementation of MPI, and was involved in the MPI Forum as a chapter author for MPI-1, MPI-2, and MPI-3. He has written many books and papers on MPI including "Using MPI" and "Using MPI-2." He is also one of the designers of the PETSc parallel numerical library and has developed efficient and scalable parallel algorithms for the solution of linear and nonlinear equations.
Gropp is a Fellow of ACM, IEEE, and SIAM and received the Sidney Fernbach Award from the IEEE Computer Society in 2008. Gropp is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He currently serves as a member of the board of governors of the IEEE Computer Society.