September 16, 2016, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. NCSA building, 1205 W. Clark St., Urbana, IL 61801 Join us at the NCSA 30th Anniversary Celebration Reception as we power up ...LEARN MORE
Welcome to NCSA’s 30th anniversary website! Here, you’ll find photos, videos, short stories on our “Turning 30” blog, timelines and other historical information about NCSA, the pre-eminent supercomputer center in the country.
NCSA’s 30 year history is filled with world-changing developments in every field of academic study and real world problem solving. NCSA and the University of Illinois have always been a nexus for innovation and change – NCSA’s creation as a national hub for digital inquiry and exploration represented a revolution in the culture of conduct and research. As we head into our next 30 years, NCSA will continue to shape lives and the future of scientific research and innovation. Take a look back with us and celebrate our accomplishments, while keeping an eye on the future.
Here’s to 30 wonderful years!
Can you describe NCSA in four words?
Research. Education. Innovation. Tradition.
What are you working on now?
I am working on putting a fully featured package manger to Blue Waters.
What advice would you give to your teenage self?
Don’t worry about what other people think.
What has been your favorite project so far?
The Blue Waters project.
What are your favorite hobbies?
My hobbies involve outreach. I enjoy going into the community and discussing science with people who might not be able to think about scientific topics on a day-to-day basis.
Who do you admire most?
What's one thing you couldn't live without?
I couldn’t live without my wife.
If you could invite anyone from history to dinner, who would it be and why? Bonus: what would you eat?
I would eat with Secretariat, and we’d have carrot cake.
What's one thing about yourself that people might not know?
When I got my first job at Boeing, I was programming with Ada. I loved the language, but it’s not around anymore.
If your life were a movie, what genre would it be and why?
Sci-fi, because it talks about stuff that could possibly be, but isn’t yet. It’s kind of a fantasy of the cutting edge; think Star-Trek, Iron Man, etc.