By Jim Barlow
Daniel A. Reed will become the head of the department of computer science in the UI College of Engineering on Tuesday. The appointment was approved by the UI Board of Trustees May 9 in Urbana.
Reed joined the UI faculty in 1984. He will replace Duncan H. Lawrie, who resigned after six years as head to return to full-time teaching and research. Reed will continue to hold the rank of professor in the computer science department and his non-salaried appointment as a research scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.
Reed created Pablo, the first program for analyzing the efficiency of parallel-processing computers, which was licensed in 1992. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1978 from the University of Missouri at Rolla and master's and doctoral degrees in 1980 and 1983, respectively, from Purdue University. He served one year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before joining the UI faculty.
He also has served as the senior software engineer at the UI Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, as a visiting scientist at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in New York and as a visiting scholar at the Indonesian Second University Development Project in Jakarta. Reed also was recognized as a Presidential Young Investigator by the National Science Foundation.