UT’s Dongarra Wins National Award

KNOXVILLE — Dr. Jack Dongarra, a University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distinguished Professor, has won the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society’s Sidney Fernbach Award.

Dr. Jack Dongarra

Dongarra, who directs the Innovative Computing Laboratory and the Center for Information Technology Research at UT, was honored Nov. 29 at the society’s 2003 meeting in Phoenix.

The award recognizes outstanding contributions and innovative approaches in high-performance computers.

Dongarra’s recognition is primarily for his work in mathematical software, particularly in communication, numerical libraries, and performance benchmarks for high performance computing.

The award honors the late Dr. Sidney Fernbach, who pioneered development of high performance computers to solve large computational problems.

Dongarra is a UT Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, a Distinguished R&D Participant in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division at ORNL, and adjunct professor in computer science at Rice University.

He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Chicago State University in 1972, a master’s in computer science from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1973, and a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of New Mexico in 1980.

Dongarra worked at the Argonne National Laboratory until 1989, becoming a senior scientist, before coming to UT.