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Director, Scientific Computing Division, National Center for Atmospheric Research

As a researcher, Bill Buzbee has made contributions to mathematical software, numerical linear algebra, and the numerical solution of partial differential equations. Among his most prominent publications has been a paper that he coauthored with G.H. Golub and C.W. Nielson on "Fast Poisson Solvers." This paper has been cited by other researchers more than 400 times and was identified by the Journal Citation Index and Current Contents as a "citation classic." His current research interests include computer architecture and vector and parallel processing.

Buzbee's time has been equally divided pursuing management and research. He has served as the director of the Scientific Computing Division (SCD) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) since 1987. With an annual budget of about $16 million and 100 full-time employees, SCD provides the atmospheric and oceanic sciences community with a reliable, high-performance, productive computing environment for the development and execution of large numerical simulations, and for the archiving and manipulation of large datasets. Before coming to NCAR, Buzbee worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he held several management positions including deputy leader of the Computing and Communications Division. While at Los Alamos, he helped foster research in parallel processing and helped to articulate the importance of supercomputers to the national defense and the economy.

Regarding his extracurricular activities, Bill Buzbee has served a number of roles. Among his most notable was serving as general chair for SUPERCOMPUTING '92 in Minneapolis, MN. Buzbee has also served on boards and committees for various conferences and organizations. He is a frequent lecturer at universities, seminars, and conferences and has had three papers published in AAAS's Science magazine, two of which covered the NSF-sponsored "Report of the Panel on Large-Scale Computing in Science and Engineering."

Among his honors, Buzbee is a member of ACM, IEEE, SIAM, and the American Meteorology Society, and has been listed in Who's Who in Science and Engineering.

The CRPC's External Advisory Committee (EAC) plays a vital role in center management. Each issue of Parallel Computing Research will profile a member of the EAC.

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