Prof William Gropp

Prof William Gropp
Director and Chief Scientist, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
Thomas M. Siebel Chair in Computer Science | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Dr. William “Bill” Gropp is a professor of computer science, currently holding the Thomas M. Seibel Chair, and director and chief scientist of National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. He received his PH.D. in computer science from Stanford in 1982. His current research interests are in parallel computing, software for scientific computing, and numerical methods for partial differential equations.

Bill has published many books and papers on MPI, initiated and led the MPICH implementation of MPI, coauthored the book “Parallel Multilevel Methods for Elliptic Partial Differential Equations,” and is a designer of the PETSc parallel numerical library and has developed efficient and scalable parallel algorithms for the solution of linear and nonlinear equations.

Bill was named an ACM fellow in 2006, IEEE Fellow in 2010, SIAM Fellow in 2011 and AAAS Fellow in 2018. He received the IEEE Computer Society’s Sidney Fernbach award in 2008, SIAM-SC Career Award in 2014, the SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering in 2015, and ACM/IEEE-CS Ken Kennedy Award in 2016. Bill is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.