Distinguished mathematician, professor, diversity advocate Richard Tapia to deliver keynote at XSEDE12

Richard Tapia, Rice University Professor of Engineering and Computational and Applied Mathematics, recent recipient of the National Medal of Science, and longtime diversity advocate, has agreed to deliver a keynote speech during the XSEDE12 conference in Chicago, July 16-20.

XSEDE is the eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment, a new NSF-funded national cyberinfrastructure service that began in July of 2011, succeeding the TeraGrid. The XSEDE12 conference is the inaugural conference for science, education, outreach, software, and technology related to XSEDE and to the NSF Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21).

Tapia serves XSEDE as director of the XSEDE Scholars Program, assists underrepresented minority students who are earning degrees in computing-related fields at research institutions and provides them with opportunities for learning more about high-performance computing and XSEDE, networking with the research community, and participation in XSEDE-facilitated research experiences.

At Rice University, Tapia is a mathematician and professor in computational and mathematical sciences, the Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering, and Director of the Center for Excellence and Equity in Education. In December 2011, he was named a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) “for significant contributions in optimization theory and numerical analysis and extraordinary efforts to foster diversity, inclusiveness and excellence in the mathematical sciences.” In October 2011, he was presented the National Medal of Science — the highest national honor that can be bestowed on a U.S. scientist — by President Obama in a White House ceremony. Tapia received the award “for his pioneering and fundamental contributions in optimization theory and numerical analysis and for his dedication and sustained efforts in fostering diversity and excellence in mathematics and science education.” 

Also, please note that all paper submissions for XSEDE12 are due April 25; see Call For Participation at: 

https://www.xsede.org/web/xsede12/call-for-participation .

TAPIA BIO: http://www.caam.rice.edu/~rat/brief_bio.html

XSEDE SCHOLARS: https://www.xsede.org/xsede-scholars-program

XSEDE12: https://www.xsede.org/web/xsede12/welcome

Contact: Susan McKenna, media communications coordinator, XSEDE, 217-265-5167mckennas@ncsa.illinois.edu


Susan McKenna