Bill Gropp

 Bill Gropp
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Professor, Computer Science
(217) 244-6720
4314 Siebel Center for Comp Sci

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William Gropp is Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and holds the Thomas M. Siebel Chair in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1982. He was on the faculty of the Computer Science Department of Yale University from 1982-1990 and from 1990-2007, he was a member of the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory. His research interests are in parallel computing, software for scientific computing, and numerical methods for partial differential equations. He is a Fellow of AAAS, ACM, IEEE, and SIAM and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Research Interests

  • High Performance Computing
  • Programming models for scientific computing
  • Scalable Numerical Algorithms
  • Scientific Computing
  • Parallel Computing

Research Topics


  • Future Directions for NSF Advanced Computing Infrastructure to Support U.S. Science and Engineering in 2017–2020, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, The National Academies Press, 2016

Research Honors

  • Sigma Xi (2018)
  • AAAS Fellow (2018)
  • ACM/IEEE-CS Ken Kennedy Award (2016 )
  • SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering (2015)
  • SIAM/SC Career Prize (2014)
  • Tau Beta Pi Daniel C. Drucker Eminent Faculty Award (2013)
  • SIAM Fellow (2011 )
  • IEEE Medal of Excellence in Scalable Computing (2010)
  • Elected Member, National Academy of Engineering (2010)
  • IEEE Fellow (2010)
  • R & D 100 for PETSc (2009)
  • IEEE Sidney Fernbach Award (2008 )
  • ACM Fellow (2006)
  • R & D 100 for MPICH2 (2005)
  • Gordon Bell Prize, 1999, with Anderson, Kaushik, Keyes and Smith (1999)

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