Lois Curfman McInnes is a senior computational scientist in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory. Her research focuses on numerical algorithms and software for the parallel solution of large-scale scientific applications involving nonlinear partial differential equations in the PETSc library. Lois leads work on mathematical libraries in the DOE Exascale Computing Project (ECP). Lois also co-leads the multi-institutional IDEAS productivity project (https://ideas-productivity.org), whose members are catalysts for engaging the community to understand productivity bottlenecks and to improve both developer productivity and software sustainability, as key aspects of increasing overall scientific productivity. During 2014-2018 Lois led community collaboration on the Extreme-scale Scientific Software Development Kit (xSDK), which is working toward a software ecosystem for high-performance numerical libraries developed by diverse, independent teams throughout the high-performance computing community.
Lois was named a SIAM Fellow in 2017. She won the 2015 SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering and received an R&D 100 Award in 2009 (with collaborators); she also won an E.O. Lawrence Award in 2011 (joint with Barry Smith) for outstanding contributions in research and development supporting DOE and its missions. She received a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Virginia in 1993 and a B.S. in Mathematics and Physics from Muhlenberg College in 1988.