Paul Messina, ANL

Dr. Paul Messina is an Argonne Associate in the Computing, Environment, and Life Sciences Directorate of Argonne National Laboratory and an Argonne Distinguished Fellow, the laboratory’s highest scientific and engineering rank. In February 2019, he retired from the position of founding Director of Argonne’s Computational Science Division, which he held from 2017-2019. He served as founding Project Director for the U.S. Department of Energy Exascale Computing Project in 2015-2017.

At the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), he was founding Director of the Center for Advanced Computing Research, Assistant Vice President for Scientific Computing, and Faculty Associate for Scientific Computing (1987-2002). While at Caltech, he held a joint appointment at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as Manager of High-Performance Computing and Communications. Dr. Messina led the DOE-NNSA Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative while on leave from Caltech from October 1998 through 2000.

During his time at Caltech, he served as Principal Investigator for the CASA gigabit network testbed, Chief Architect for the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure, principal investigator for the Scalable I/O Initiative, and co-principal investigator for the National Virtual Observatory and TeraGrid. In 1990, he conceived, formed, and led the Concurrent Supercomputing Consortium, which created and operated the Intel Touchstone Delta, at the time the world’s most powerful scientific computer.

From 1973-1987, he held a number of positions in the Applied Mathematics Division and was founding Director of the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne. Dr. Messina earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Cincinnati in 1972.

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