The National Science Foundation has tapped astrophysicist Edward Seidel as the new director for its Office of Cyberinfrastructure.
Seidel is Floating Point Systems Professor in the Louisiana State University departments of Physics & Astronomy and Computer Science. He also directs the LSU Center for Computation & Technology, or CCT. He will begin his NSF position on Sept. 1.
NSF's Office of Cyberinfrastructure supports tools and related services such as supercomputers, high-capacity mass-storage systems, system software suites and programming environments, scalable interactive visualization tools, productivity software libraries and tools, large-scale data repositories and digitized scientific data management systems, computer networks, and an array of software tools and services.
Seidel's scientific career has focused on solving Albert Einstein's equations of general relativity. He originated techniques and algorithms for simulating black hole collisions and gravitational waves on supercomputers. Seidel and collaborators also developed software approaches needed to solve the general relativity equations, which led to development of more general toolkits to attack complex problems from disciplines outside of physics using advanced computing environments.
Seidel joined LSU in 2003 and created the CCT. He was previously a professor at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics and the Albert Einstein Institute in Potsdam, Germany. While at Max Planck, he led the EU Astrophysics Network of 10 institutes across Europe, and participated in the EU GridLab project.
Seidel has been chief scientist for the $40 million Louisiana Optical Network Initiative, LONI, which led the statewide CyberTools project to develop advanced applications and tools for collaborative research.
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