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Sullivan, Francis

IDA Center for Computing Sciences

Since 1993, Francis Sullivan has been Director of the IDA Center for Computing Sciences in Bowie, Maryland. The Center specializes in development of leading-edge technologies and advanced applications of high-performance computing and computing sciences to problems of national security related to signals intelligence and information security.

From 1962 to 1967 he held positions in industry as a member of teams pioneering the use of computational techniques in modeling and simulation for neutron transport and incompressable fluid flow problems. His industrial experience was at the Westinghouse Astronuclear Laboratory and the Gulf Research and Development Company. He also served as a technical consultant for Alcoa and several other Pittsburgh firms.

He has held academic positions at the University of Pittsburgh and at the Catholic University of America (Professor and Chairman, Mathematics Department and Computer Science Program). He also has had visiting appointments at Chalmers Tekniska Hoegskola in Sweden (1971-1973) and at the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands (1980-1981). From 1984 to 1992 he was an adjunct faculty member in Applied Mathematics at Johns Hopkins University.

From 1982 to 1992 he was at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where he was Director of the Computing and Applied Mathematics Laboratory, one of the six major organizations reporting to the Director of NIST. While in government service, Sullivan received the Department of Commerce Gold Medal in 1987 for work in design of algorithms, and the Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award in 1988 for leading the development of more advanced NIST scientific computing facilities.

Sullivan served on various oversight committees, including the Industrial Advisory Board of Duke University; the Computer Science & Electrical Engineering Advisory Board of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County; and the Mathematical Sciences Advisory Network of the Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University. He has also been a member of the University of California Laboratory Security Panel and the Science and Technology Panel for the Los Alamos and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. As a member of the UC S&T Panel, he was on the Division Review Committees for computing at both Los Alamos and Livermore laboratories. He has served on a Defense Sciences Board study of high performance computing at the NNSA Labs. He has also been on the NAS Mathematical Sciences Education Board, has been Chairman of the IMA Board of Governors and a member of the SIAM Board of Trustees.

He is the author of a book and over 100 essays and technical publications in functional analysis, algorithm design, Monte Carlo methods, and computational physics. He is a member of several editorial boards and has been Editor-in-Chief of Computing in Science and Engineering, a joint publication of the IEEE Computer Society and the American Institute of Physics.

He received a B.S. degree in Physics from the Pennsylvania State University in 1962 and a Ph.D. degree in Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1968.

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