Ed Seidel

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Edward Seidel
Born (1957-08-21) August 21, 1957 (age 60)
Bethesda, Maryland
Nationality American
Alma mater William and Mary, Yale
Known for Numerical relativity and scientific computing
Awards Sidney Fernbach Award
Gordon Bell Prize
Scientific career
Fields Physics
Institutions National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Doctoral advisor Vincent Moncrief
Doctoral students Steve Brandt
Karen Camarda
Frank Hermann
Michael Koppitz
Frank Löffler
Christian D. Ott
Ryoji Takahashi
Paul Walker

Edward Seidel (born August 21, 1957) is the Vice President for Economic Development and Innovation for the University of Illinois System, as well as a Founder Professor in the Department of Physics and a professor in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign [1]. He was the director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at Illinois from 2014 to 2017.

From September 2012 until January 2014, he was the senior vice president for research and innovation at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology.[2][3] 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.[4][5] [6]

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.[7]

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.[8] [9][10]

In November 2006, Seidel received the Sidney Fernbach Award [11] [12] [13] at the Supercomputing Conference in Tampa, Florida.[14]"For outstanding contributions to the development of software for HPC and Grid computing to enable the collaborative numerical investigation of complex problems in physics; in particular, modeling black hole collisions."[15] This award, which is one of the highest honors in computing, was awarded for his achievements in numerical relativity.

Ed Seidel was also awarded the Heinz-Billing-Preis [16] of the Max Planck Society in 1998, and shared the Gordon Bell Prize in 2001 with colleagues.[17]

Seidel is related to Chicago artist Emory Seidel.


  1. ^ http://vpedi.uillinois.edu/people/staff/edward-seidel
  2. ^ Karin Fischer (October 15, 2012). "To Spur Interdisciplinary Research, an Astrophysicist Moves to Russia". The Chronicle of Higher Education. 
  3. ^ "Edward Seidel". Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology. Retrieved 23 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "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. 
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CB17lt3yfMs Ed Seidel
  6. ^ https://wiki.ncsa.illinois.edu/display/NRE/NCSA+Thematic+Areas Ed Seidel
  7. ^ https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=7koY3QYAAAAJ&hl=es scholar.google.com
  8. ^ http://www.ncsa.illinois.edu/about/org/ed_seidel NCSA director Edward Seidel is a distinguished researcher in high-performance computing and relativity and astrophysics with an outstanding track record as an administrator. In addition to leading NCSA, he is also a Founder Professor in the University of Illinois Department of Physics and a professor in the Department of Astronomy.
  9. ^ https://news.illinois.edu/blog/view/6367/204770 former position, H. Edward Seidel, the senior vice president of research and innovation at Moscow's Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, has been named the director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at Illinois.
  10. ^ https://www.linkedin.com/in/harryedwardseidel Director, National Center for Supercomputing Applications
  11. ^ http://www.computer.org/web/awards/about-sidney-fernbach
  12. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/26/opinion/david-brooks-the-sidney-awards-part-i.html?_r=0 The New York Times david-brooks-the-sidney-awards-part-1 In November 2006, Seidel received the Sidney Fernbach Award
  13. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/30/opinion/david-brooks-the-sidney-awards-part-2.html The New York Times david-brooks-the-sidney-awards-part-2
  14. ^ "Edward Seidel 2006 Sidney Fernbach Award Recipient". IEEE Computer Society Awards. IEEE Computer Society. Retrieved 14 October 2011. 
  15. ^ Edward Seidel: 2006 Sidney Fernbach Award Recipient
  16. ^ http://www.billingpreis.mpg.de/ The aim of Heinz-Billing-Preis award is to honour the achievements of those who have spent time and effort developing the hardware and software crucial for scientific advances.
  17. ^ http://www.phys.lsu.edu/newwebsite/people/seidel.html Seidel is the Floating Point Systems Professor in Louisiana State University LSU's Departments of Physics & Astronomy and Computer Science.

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