Michael Papka appointed director of Argonne Leadership Computing Facility


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Michael Papka, deputy associate laboratory director for Argonne's CELS Directorate, today assumed his new role as director of Argonne's Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF). Mike has served as interim director of the ALCF since August 2010. He will continue to serve as deputy ALD.

Mike has expertise in scientific visualization and data analysis, and over two decades of experience working with advanced display technology and high performance computing to promote greater insight into scientific simulation data. Mike earned his doctoral degree in computer science from the University of Chicago, his master's degree in computer science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and his bachelor's degree in physics from Northern Illinois University.

Mike joined Argonne in 1992 and first served as the co-director of the Mathematics and Computer Science Division's Futures Laboratory, a role he continues to fulfill today as team lead of its visualization and data analysis group. Mike is also a senior fellow of the Argonne National Laboratory/University of Chicago Computation Institute, where he leads multiple visualization and scientific data analysis efforts.