"The News Gazette"
Q&A with new director of NCSA
Edward Seidel will take over as Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) in January, and he credits Calit2 Director Larry Smarr for getting him interested in high-performance computing. Seidel worked for Smarr in the early 90s, when Smarr was the founding director of NCSA, located in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In an interview with the News-Gazette newspaper, Seidel is quoted as saying, "it was being a postdoc of Larry Smarr at NCSA that drew me in to scientific computing and interdisciplinary work." Since then, Seidel has worked at the NSF and the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, was the founder of the Center of Computation and Technology at Louisiana, and is currently a senior VP of research and innovation at Skoltech, Russia's new interdisciplinary research university.