Larry Smarr

  • University of California, San Diego

Larry Smarr is the Harry E. Gruber Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California at San Diego’s Jacobs School. He is also the founding Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), a UC San Diego/UC Irvine partnership. Prior to joining UCSD, Larry was the founder and 15-year director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the National Computational Science Alliance, both based at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and as such played a pivotal role in the development of the Internet and high-performance computing. Larry is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was a member of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee, and is currently on the Advisory Committee to the director of the National Institutes of Health and on the NASA Advisory Council. Larry earned his Ph.D. in physics at the University of Texas at Austin.