Oden Institute Board Of Visitors

The Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (Oden Institute) Board of Visitors consists of internationally recognized leaders from academia, industry, and government laboratories. The charge of the Board is to conduct external reviews of  Oden Institute operations and provide advice on strategic plans and major policy issues. The current Board members include the following:


Richard FujimotoRichard Fujimoto   - Regents’ Professor, School of Computational Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Professor Richard Fujimoto received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from the University of California-Berkeley in 1983 and 1980 in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and B.S. degrees from the University of Illinois-Urbana in 1977 and 1978 in Computer Science and Computer Engineering.  His research is concerned with the execution of discrete-event simulation programs on parallel and distributed computing platforms. This research has included work on platforms ranging from mobile distributed computing systems to supercomputers, and spans several application areas including transportation systems, telecommunication networks, multiprocessor and defense systems. Fujimoto was the founding chair of the School of Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) at Georgia Tech and served in this role from 2005 to 2014. He created CSE education programs at Georgia Tech – interdisciplinary M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs in CSE and the CSE “thread” of Georgia Tech’s undergraduate computer science program, and the College of Computing’s first on-line degree program with the on-line MS program in CSE.


Justine JohannesJustine Johannes -  Director, Engineering Sciences Center at Sandia National Laboratories.

Dr. Justine Johannes is the Director of the Engineering Sciences Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which is an organization of approximately 400 employees committed to supporting Sandia’s national security mission by integrating theory, computational simulation, and experimental discovery and validation across length and time scales to understand and predict the behavior of complex physical phenomena and systems. Justine started her career at Sandia in the Engineering Sciences Center in 1994 after completing her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Her early career focused on chemical kinetics and integration of verification and validation of predictive capabilities. In 2005, she was promoted to Senior Manager in the Materials Science and Engineering Center (Center 1800) where she was responsible for research, development and application engineering of new materials and processes, and for connecting the materials expertise to programs in multiple business units. In 2010, Justine moved to the Nuclear Weapons Science & Technology Program Center as the program manager for the Advanced Simulation and Computing program. As program manager, Justine worked effectively to connect ASC funded work to NW mission needs, support foundational research and development, and champion partnerships within and outside the lab. In 2012, Justine returned to the Engineering Sciences Center as Senior Manager of the Solid Mechanics and Structural Dynamics group, before taking on her new role as the Center Director in 2013.


Kirk JordanKirk E. Jordan - IBM Distinguished Engineer, an IBM Executive position in IBM Research Division's Data Centric Solutions in IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Cambridge MA; Chief Science Officer for IBM Research United Kingdom (UK).

Dr. Kirk E. Jordan has vast experience in high performance and parallel computing. He oversees development of applications for IBM's advanced computing architectures, investigates and develops concepts for new areas of growth involving high performance computing (HPC), and provides leadership in high-end computing, data centric cognitive computing and simulation in such areas as computational fluid dynamics, systems biology and high-end visualization. He is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology.  In addition to his IBM responsibilities, Jordan is able to maintain his visibility as a computational applied mathematician in the high-performance computing community. He is a Fellow of SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) and of AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science). He is active on national and international committees on science and high-performance computing issues and has received several awards for his work on supercomputers. His main research interests lie in the efficient use of advanced architectures computers for simulation and modeling especially in the area of systems biology and physical phenomena.


Doug KotheDoug Kothe   - Regents’ Director of the Exascale Computing Project (ECP), Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Douglas B. Kothe (Doug) has over three decades of experience in conducting and leading applied R&D in computational applications designed to simulate complex physical phenomena in the energy, defense, and manufacturing sectors. Doug is currently the Director of the Exascale Computing Project (ECP). Prior to that, he was Deputy Associate Laboratory Director of the Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate (CCSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Other prior positions for Doug at ORNL, where he has been since 2006, include Director of the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors, DOE’s first Energy Innovation Hub (2010-2015), and Director of Science at the National Center for Computational Sciences (2006-2010). Before coming to ORNL, Doug spent 20 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he held a number of technical and line and program management positions, with a common theme being the development and application of modeling and simulation technologies targeting multi-physics phenomena characterized in part by the presence of compressible or incompressible interfacial fluid flow. Doug also spent one year at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the late 1980s as a physicist in defense sciences. Doug holds a Bachelor in Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia (1983) and a Masters in Science (1986) and Doctor of Philosophy (1987) in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University.


Ed SiedelEd Seidel - National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Founder Professor, Department of Physics; Professor, Department of Astronomy.

Professor H. Edward Seidel is a distinguished researcher in high-performance computing and relativity and astrophysics with an outstanding track record as an administrator. In addition to leading NCSA, he is also a Founder Professor in the University of Illinois Department of Physics and a professor in the Department of Astronomy. His previous leadership roles include serving as the senior vice president for research and innovation at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Moscow, directing the Office of Cyberinfrastructure and serving as assistant director for Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the U.S. National Science Foundation, and leading the Center for Computation & Technology at Louisiana State University. He also led the numerical relativity group at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Germany. Seidel is a fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. His research has been recognized by a number of awards, including the 2006 IEEE Sidney Fernbach Award, the 2001 Gordon Bell Prize, and 1998 Heinz-Billing-Award. He earned a master’s degree in physics at the University of Pennsylvania in 1983 and a doctorate in relativistic astrophysics at Yale University in 1988.


Barbara WohlmuthBarbara Wohlmuth - Chair, Department of Numerical Analysis, Technical University of Munich (TUM).

The research of Prof. Wohlmuth examines the numerical simulation of partial differential equations. Special areas of interest here are discretization techniques, adaptivity, multi-scale solvers and the mathematical modeling of coupled multi-field problems. Interdisciplinary cooperation with engineering experts is an important part of her work. Prof. Wohlmuth studied mathematics at TUM and the University of Grenoble. She completed her doctorate in 1995 at TUM and her lecturer qualification in 2000 at the University of Augsburg. After that, she did research at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University and the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris. She also worked as a visiting professor in France and Hong Kong. In 2010, Prof. Wohlmuth accepted her current position at TUM. She is a member of the Executive Board of the Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (GAMM) and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics. She is also a member of the Editorial Board of Computational Mechanics, Zeitschrift für Angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik, SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing and Numerische Mathematik.