Oden Institute Board Of Visitors

The Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences 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:


Thomas HalseyThomas Halsey  -  ExxonMobil Chief Computational and Data Scientist (retired).

Thomas Halsey recently retired from the position of Chief Computational and Data Scientist at the ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company in Spring, Texas. In this role, he exercised technical leadership of modeling physics, applied mathematics, technical software engineering, and high performance computing for ExxonMobil's global hydrocarbon exploration and production research, development, and business activities. 

Halsey joined ExxonMobil in 1994 at the Corporate Strategic Research Laboratories in Annandale, NJ. Since then, he served in a variety of research, staff, and management roles within the company, including Director of the Physical and Mathematical Sciences Laboratory in Annandale, Greenhouse Gas policy analyst in corporate headquarters in Irving, TX, and founding Manager of the Computational Sciences department at the Upstream Research Company, where he also managed a "breakthrough" innovation program for seven years. He has been a thought leader in ExxonMobil’s digital transformation initiatives for over five years. From 1984 until 1994, Halsey was a postdoctoral fellow and then a faculty member at the University of Chicago, in the Department of Physics and the James Franck Institute. He received a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard in 1984. At Chicago, he was awarded both a Presidential Young Investigator award and an A.P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship. His contributions as an investigator include his co-invention of “multi-fractal” analysis of complex and chaotic systems (> 4000 citations), his work on diffusion-limited aggregation and pattern formation, his establishment of the fundamental physics of electro-rheological and magneto-rheological fluids, and his work on the rheology of dense granular flows. He has received more than 12,000 citations to over one hundred papers, patents, and edited books. He has held visiting positions at CE-Saclay (France), New York University, and Boston University; he has also served on advisory boards at Harvard, Northwestern, Rice, and New York Universities. He has served in leadership roles in the Materials Research Society, the American Physical Society, and the Society for Petroleum Engineers. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.


Justine JohannesJustine Johannes  -  Director, Material, Physical and Chemical Sciences Center at Sandia National Laboratories.

Justine Johannes is the Director of the Material, Physical, and Chemical Sciences Center. In this capacity she directs the Center in providing materials expertise and innovation to enable success in national security missions. Justine is responsible for leading Sandia’s Materials Research Foundation, ensuring that the R&D performed sustains and grows the expertise for the Laboratory. 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 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 (ASC) program. As program manager, Justine worked effectively to connect ASC funded work to NW mission needs, supported foundational research and development, and championed partnerships within and outside the lab. In 2013, Justine was named Director of the Engineering Sciences Center. In that role she had responsibility for advancing and integrating theory, computational simulation and experimental discovery to understand and predict the behavior of complex engineered systems. In 2017, Justine became the Director for Asset Security and WMD Response where she had three primary responsibilities: technology development and deployment for critical asset protection, advanced technology to prevent the use of WMD, and emergency planning and response. In May 2020, Justine returned to the Material, Physical, and Chemical Sciences Center in her current role as Director.


Padma RaghavanPadma Raghavan  -  Vice Provost for Research and Professor of Computer Science and Computer Engineering at Vanderbilt University.

Padma Raghavan is responsible for advocating for and overseeing research across Vanderbilt’s ten schools and colleges. She is responsible for the development of Vanderbilt’s trans-institutional research, and she plays a major role in the university’s relationships with federal and private sector sponsors. Her office includes sponsored research administration, policy, integrity and compliance; information technologies for research; and intellectual property, technology transfer, and commercialization through the Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization. Additionally, she oversees several trans-institutional research centers and institutes, including Vanderbilt’s Advanced Computing Center for Research and Education, Brain Institute, Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy, Center for Integrative Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience, Center for Research on Men’s Health, Data Science Institute, Institute for Energy and the Environment, Institute for Nanoscale Science and Engineering, Institute for Surgery and Engineering, and Wond’ry –the Vanderbilt’s Innovation Center. In her role as faculty, Raghavan specializes in supercomputing with over 100 peer-reviewed publications and she is a Fellow of the IEEE for contributions to parallel scientific computing.


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 SeidelEd Seidel  -  President of the University of Wyoming.

Ed Seidel began service as the University of Wyoming’s 28th president July 1, 2020. The distinguished scholar has led academic, research and innovation programs at multiple universities. Before coming to UW, Seidel was the vice president for economic development and innovation for the University of Illinois System, building and supporting programs that engage university, public and private partners -- and strengthening the links among higher education, research and business to stimulate economic development across that state. His long record of leadership experience includes more than three years as director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was among the original co-principal investigators for Blue Waters, a federally funded project that brought one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers to Urbana-Champaign. Previously, he was the senior vice president for research and innovation for the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Moscow, Russia, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before that, he directed the Office of Cyberinfrastructure and led the Directorate of Mathematical and Physical Sciences as National Science Foundation assistant director. He also led the Center for Computation & Technology at Louisiana State University and directed the numerical relativity group at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Germany. Seidel received his Ph.D. in relativistic astrophysics from Yale University, earned a master’s degree in physics at the University of Pennsylvania, and received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics from the College of William and Mary. Seidel’s partner is Gabrielle Allen, most recently the associate dean for research in the College of Education, professor in the Departments of Astronomy and Curriculum and Instruction, and research professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


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

Barbara Wohlmuth's research 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.