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Roscoe Giles

Roscoe Giles is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boston University (BU). Giles’ research focuses on the application of high performance and parallel computing to physics and materials problems.

Giles has served in a number of leadership roles in the community, including as a member and chair of the DOE Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee (ASCAC), the board of Associated Universities Inc (AUI), chair of the Boston University Faculty Council, and General Chair of the SC (Supercomputing) Conference in 2002.

Professor Giles has also worked to prototype and build computational and educational infrastructure that will enable broad participation of scholars and students in high-performance computing.  He has been a leader of the Empowering Leadership Alliance, member of the Computational Science Graduate Fellowship Program Advisory Committee, a member of the XSEDE TEOS Advisory Committee.  For his work in increasing the participation of minorities in computer and computational science, in 2000 Giles received the A. Nico Habermann award from the Computing Research Association.

Professor Giles received his PhD in Physics from Stanford University in 1975 as a Hertz Fellow.  He the first in a long line of African-American PhD’s in Physics and Applied Physics at Stanford. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from the University of Chicago in 1970.

He is also featured on the “History Makers” website and archive.