21, No. 9, Nov. 1, 2001
Danny Powell joins NCSA as executive
director Nov. 1
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the UI
announced Oct. 25 that Danny Powell of Rice University in Houston is
the new executive director of the center.
Powell, an administrator with more than 15 years of experience managing
academic IT research programs, joins the NCSA staff Nov.1.
Powell will manage the day-to-day operations of NCSA and work to link
NCSA staff members and programs with the National Computational Science
Alliance and NCSAs Private Sector Program. He also will act as
NCSAs day-to-day liaison with the UI, the National Science Foundation
and the state of Illinois. He succeeds Jim Bottum, who left NCSA last
summer to become vice president for information technology and chief
information officer at Purdue University.
"Danny Powell is a proven leader with many years of experience
managing large interdisciplinary, multi-institutional research projects,"
said Dan Reed, director of NCSA and the Alliance and chief architect
for the new NSF TeraGrid. "His experience, knowledge, creativity
and skill in dealing with both people and budgets will be a tremendous
asset to NCSA."
Powell most recently served as associate director at Rices Los
Alamos Computer Science Institute and as the associate director for
the Center for High Performance Software Research, also at Rice. Before
those positions, Powell worked as associate director at two other Rice
research centers: the NSF Science and Technology Center for Research
on Parallel Computation and the Computer and Information Technology
Institute. He was the business manager for the Rice computer science
department from 1987 to 1996 and ran a computer-based engineering services
company from 1983 to 1986.