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 Dr. Francis Sullivan, Director, Center for Computing Sciences

Francis Sullivan

Francis Sullivan has been the director of IDA’s Center for Computing Science since 1993. From 1986 to 1993, he was the Director, Computing and Applied Mathematics Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and, before that, from 1979, he was in the Scientific Computing Division of NIST. 
 
Earlier in his career, as Professor of Mathematics at the Catholic University of America, he also served as Chairman of the Computer Science Program and Mathematics Departments. His research interests include investigations of supercomputer algorithms for computational statistical physics; parallel computer architectures, data structures and algorithm design; and applications of functional analysis and ergodic theory to computational problems. His professional activities include membership on a number of boards and panels dealing with computational sciences. He is author of The Mathematics of Non-Linear Programming and numerous articles in the field of computation science.

Dr. Sullivan received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh and his B.S. in Physics from Pennsylvania State University.