Ed Seidel

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Edward Seidel
Born (1957-08-21) August 21, 1957 (age 58)
Bethesda, Maryland
Nationality American
Fields Physics
Institutions National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Alma mater William and Mary, Yale
Doctoral advisor Vincent Moncrief
Doctoral students Steve Brandt
Karen Camarda
Frank Hermann
Michael Koppitz
Frank Löffler
Christian D. Ott
Ryoji Takahashi
Paul Walker
Known for Numerical relativity and scientific computing
Notable awards Sidney Fernbach Award
Gordon Bell Prize

Edward Seidel (born 1957) is director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, a Founder Professor in the Department of Physics, and a professor in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He began these positions in January 2014.

From September 2012 until January 2014, he was the senior vice president for research and innovation at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology.[1][2] Previously, he was the assistant director for Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the National Science Foundation and was director of NSF's Office of Cyberinfrastructure.[3]

Before moving to NSF, Seidel was the founding director of the LSU Center for Computation & Technology, or CCT, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Seidel is a career computer scientist and physicist who has received a number of awards for his work. His most noted achievements are in the field of numerical relativity, which involves solving Einstein's equations on computers. Seidel's research groups are known for modeling black hole collisions and for work in scientific computing. Seidel is also a co-founder of the Cactus Framework.

In Louisiana, Seidel served as the first Chief Scientist for the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative, or LONI, which connects supercomputing resources throughout Louisiana to enable faster and more accurate research collaboration.

Seidel, who has a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Yale University, moved to Baton Rouge to lead the CCT in 2003. Prior to his work at CCT, he was with the Albert Einstein Institute in Potsdam, Germany and also worked as a research scientist and professor at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

In November 2006, Seidel received the Sidney Fernbach Award at the Supercomputing Conference in Tampa, Florida.[4] This award, which is one of the highest honors in computing, was awarded for his achievements in numerical relativity. He was also awarded the Heinz-Billing-Preis of the Max Planck Society in 1998, and shared the Gordon Bell Prize in 2001 with colleagues.

Seidel is related to Chicago artist Emory Seidel.


  1. ^ Karin Fischer (October 15, 2012). "To Spur Interdisciplinary Research, an Astrophysicist Moves to Russia". The Chronicle of Higher Education. 
  2. ^ "Edward Seidel". Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology. Retrieved 23 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "LSU Center for Computation & Technology Director To Head National Science Foundation's Office of Cyberinfrastructure" (Press release). National Science Foundation. June 10, 2008. Retrieved 14 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Edward Seidel 2006 Sidney Fernbach Award Recipient". IEEE Computer Society Awards. IEEE Computer Society. Retrieved 14 October 2011.