Valerie Taylor (computer scientist)

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Valerie E. Taylor
Born (1963-05-24) May 24, 1963 (age 60)
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 Harriett B. Rigas Education Award
A. Nico Habermann Award
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 Elaine Taylor (born May 24, 1963) is an American computer scientist who is the director of the Mathematics and Computer Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory[1] in Illinois. Her research includes topics such as performance analysis, power analysis, and resiliency. 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."[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Valerie Elaine Taylor was born May 24, 1963, in Chicago, Illinois.[2][3] Her father, Willie Taylor, was an electrical engineer at Sonicraft and would bring his children to work with him on Saturdays. Taylor credits her pursuit of a career in science to that early exposure to building circuit boards, reading schematics, and soldering boards.[4] While in high school, she spent her Saturdays attending the Illinois Institute of Technology's Early Identification Program and spent summers in various STEM programs.[4] Taylor received her bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University in 1985 and 1986, respectively.[2]

In 1991, Taylor received her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley in electrical engineering and computer science, under advisor David Messerschmitt.[5][6] She holds a patent for her dissertation work on sparse matrices.[7]


Shortly after her PhD in 1993, Taylor earned an NSF National Young Investigator Award.[7] She was a faculty member of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at Northwestern University for 11 years.[6][8]

From 2003 until 2011, she joined the Texas A&M University faculty as the Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, working on high performance computing.[6] There, she 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.[9][6] She also began the Industries Affiliates Program which allows academics to engage industry partners.[10]

While on the faculty of both Northwestern and Texas A&M, Taylor collaborated with research with Argonne National Laboratory, including a summer sabbatical in 2011.[6] As of July 3, 2017, she is the director of the Mathematics and Computer Science Division of Argonne[1] in Illinois. At Argonne, she cowrote the Department of Energy's comprehensive AI for Science report based on a series of Town Hall meetings.[11]

Taylor is the CEO & President of the Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in IT (CMD-IT).[12] The organization seeks to develop the participation of minorities and people with disabilities in the IT workforce in the United States.[13] It hosts an annual Tapia Conference for computer scientists from underrepresented communities, enabling them to share research, find mentors, and network.[4]

Recently, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded almost $54 million to fund ten new projects related to microelectronics design and production, of which Taylor will lead one project at the Argonne National Laboratory.[14]

Awards and honors[edit]

Taylor has received numerous awards for distinguished research, leadership, and efforts to increase diversity in computing. She has 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.[15]

Taylor is a member of IEEE.[16] In 2013 she was elected a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers[17] "for contributions to performance enhancement of parallel computing applications", and in 2016 as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery[18][19][20] for her "leadership in broadening participation in computing."[21] In 2019, she was named an Argonne Distinguished Fellow, an award which represents only three percent of research staff at the facility.[22]

Her awards include:


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  2. ^ a b c "Valerie Taylor". The HistoryMakers - EducationMakers. 2015. Retrieved 2020-12-11.
  3. ^ Williams, Scott (September 2008). "Computer Scientist of the African Diaspora, Valerie E. Taylor". Mathematics Department, State University of New York at Buffalo. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
  4. ^ a b c "Argonne Lab's Valerie Taylor discusses diversity in STEM". Chicago Tribune. 2023-11-08. Retrieved 2023-11-10.
  5. ^ Crowley, Magdalene L. (2020-02-06). "EECS Notable Women: Valerie Taylor". EECS at UC Berkeley. Retrieved 2020-06-10.
  6. ^ a b c d e Crowley, Magdalene L. (2020-02-06). "EECS Notable Women: Valerie Taylor". EECS at UC Berkeley. Retrieved 2021-09-25.
  7. ^ a b Eigenmann, Rudolf. (2001). Performance evaluation and benchmarking with realistic applications. MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-05066-8. OCLC 633852847.
  8. ^ "Texas A&M Engineering's Taylor named Wisenbaker Professor". Texas A&M University. November 2004. Retrieved December 3, 2022.
  9. ^ "Valerie E. Taylor profile". Argonne National Laboratory. Retrieved 2019-10-06.
  10. ^ "Valerie Taylor Named Argonne National Laboratory's Mathematics and Computer Science Division Director". Newswise. DOE Science News Source. 2017-03-24. 671842. Retrieved 2020-06-10.
  11. ^ Russell, John (2020-03-02). "DoE Releases AI for Science Report". HPCwire. Retrieved 2020-06-10.
  12. ^ "[PAST EVENT] Valerie Taylor, Director of Argonne National Laboratory's Mathematics and Computer Science Division". William & Mary College. April 5, 2019. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
  13. ^ a b c "Valerie Taylor". National Center for Women & Information Technology. 26 March 2012. Retrieved 2015-04-16.
  14. ^ "Argonne scientists receive Department of Energy funding for microelectronics research".
  15. ^ Future Directions for NSF Advanced Computing Infrastructure to Support U.S. Science and Engineering in 2017-2020. 2016. doi:10.17226/21886. ISBN 978-0-309-38961-7.
  16. ^ "Women in STEM with Valerie Taylor". Computer.Org. Retrieved 2021-02-28.
  17. ^ "Valerie E. Taylor". Archived from the original (Climate Matters - Texas A&M University) on 2018-09-04. Retrieved 2015-04-16.
  18. ^ "Taylor named Fellow of Association for Computing Machinery". Texas A&M University. December 8, 2016. Retrieved December 3, 2022.
  19. ^ "Valerie E. Taylor Receives Distinguished Fellowship". Black Enterprise. 2016-12-10. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
  20. ^ Cacm Staff (March 2017), "ACM Recognizes New Fellows", Communications of the ACM, 60 (3): 23, doi:10.1145/3039921, S2CID 31701275.
  21. ^ "Congratulations to the 2016 Class of ACM Fellows". CRA. December 8, 2016.
  22. ^ "Six Argonne researchers recognized as 2019 Distinguished Fellows". EurekAlert!. Retrieved 2020-06-10.
  23. ^ "Richard A. Tapia Achievement Award - Tapia Conference". Archived from the original on 2020-06-10. Retrieved 2020-06-10.
  24. ^ "Valerie Taylor - Tapia Conference". Archived from the original on 2020-06-10. Retrieved 2020-06-10.
  25. ^ "2003-2004". Retrieved 2020-06-11.
  26. ^ "A. Nico Habermann Award". CRA. 2015-01-16. Retrieved 2020-06-10.
  27. ^ "Capacity Building Award: Valerie Taylor | AccessComputing". Retrieved 2020-06-10.

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