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Dr. Jack Dongarra

As an internationally recognized scholar in numerical algorithms for linear algebra, parallel computing, the use of advanced computer architectures, programming methodology, and tools for parallel computers, Jack Dongarra conducts research in the development, testing, and documentation of high-quality mathematical software.

Dr. Jack Dongarra - Class of 2014-15

Dongarra is known for his work in the development of the LINPACK and LAPACK libraries, which have provided the benchmark for the world’s 500 fastest computers since 1993.

As a Distinguished Professor of computer science at the University of Tennessee, Dongarra directs the Innovative Computing Laboratory, which he established in 1989 to tackle science’s most challenging high-performance computing problems. He is also the director of the Center for Information Technology Research, which coordinates and facilitates research in information technology at the university. His research focuses on numerical algorithms in linear algebra, parallel computing, programming methodology, and the use of advanced computer architectures.

Dongarra serves as a member of the Distinguished Research Staff in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In addition, he is a Turing Fellow at Manchester University in England and an adjunct professor in computer science at Rice University in Houston.

Dongarra is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).

His research has strongly influenced software packages that efficiently and effectively solve many complex equations that support applications within high-performance computing. He also established standards and methods in parallel processing and programming that proved critical in the advancement of high-performance computing systems.

He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Chicago State University in 1972, a master’s degree in computer science from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1973, and a doctorate in applied mathematics from the University of New Mexico in 1980.

The IEEE honored Dongarra in 2004 with the Sid Fernbach Award for his innovative approaches in the application of high-performance computers, in 2008 with its first Medal of Excellence in Scalable Computing, and in 2011 with the Charles Babbage Award for his contributions to the advancement of parallel computing.

In 2010, SIAM’s Special Interest Group on Supercomputing honored Dongarra with its first Award for Career Achievement. In 2013, he received the ACM/IEEE Ken Kennedy Award for his leadership in designing and promoting standards for mathematical software used to solve numerical problems common to high-performance computing.

As a TIAS Faculty Fellow, Dongarra will collaborate with faculty and students in the Dwight Look College of Engineering's Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

Dr. Jack Dongarra