Valerie Taylor (computer scientist)

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Valerie E. Taylor
Born(1963-05-24)May 24, 1963
EducationPurdue University, B.S., computer and electrical engineering 1985; M.S., electrical engineering, 1986; University of California at Berkeley, Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer science, 1991
Known forWork in high performance computing
AwardsPathbreaker Award from the Women in Leadership at Northwestern University; Hewlett Packard Harriet B. Rigas Education Award; A. Nico Habermann Award, Computing Research Association; Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecture; Richard A. Tapia Achievement Award for Scientific Scholarship, Civic Science, and Diversifying Computing (Q21020802); MOBE Influencers and Innovators of the Internet and Technology
Scientific career
InstitutionsTexas A&M University, Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering; Northwestern University, professor of electrical and computer engineering

Valerie E. Taylor (May 24, 1963- ) is an African American computer scientist who was a professor at Texas A&M University working on high performance computing. From 2003 until 2011, she was the Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. She most recently served as the senior associate dean of academic affairs in the College of Engineering and a Regents Professor and the Royce E. Wisenbaker Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University. Currently, she is a Director at Argonne National Laboratory, USA.

In 2013, Dr. Taylor was elected a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers[1] for " for contributions to "performance enhancement of parallel computing applications", and in 2016 as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.[2] for her "leadership in broadening participation in computing"[3]

She has received numerous awards for distinguished research and leadership and authored or co-authored more than 100 papers in the area of high performance computing, with a focus on performance analysis and modeling of parallel scientific applications. She is known for her work on "Prophesy," described as "a database used to collect and analyze data to predict the performance on different applications on parallel systems."[4]

As of July 3, 2017, she is the director of the Mathematics and Computer Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory[5] in Illinois.

Dr. Taylor is the Executive Director of the Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in IT (CMD-IT). The organization seeks to develop the participation of minorities and people with disabilities in the IT workforce in the United States.[6]

Dr. Taylor is featured in the Notable Women in Computing cards.[7]


  1. ^ "Valerie E. Taylor" (Climate Matters - Texas A&M University). Retrieved 2015-04-16.
  2. ^ "ACM Recognizes New Fellows", Communications of the ACM, 60 (3): 23, March 2017, doi:10.1145/3039921.
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  4. ^ "Valerie Taylor". The HistoryMakers - EducationMakers. 2015. Retrieved 2015-04-16.
  5. ^ "Valerie Taylor named Argonne National Laboratory's Mathematics and Computer Science Division director | Argonne National Laboratory". Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  6. ^ "Valerie Taylor". National Center for Women & Information Technology. Retrieved 2015-04-16.
  7. ^ "Notable Women in Computing".

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