Feb. 27, 2019

Alan D. George, PhD, the Ruth and Howard Mickle Endowed Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering and department chair and professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering, has been named the interim director of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC).

Dr. George succeeds Nick Nystrom, PhD,  who has served as interim director of the PSC since 2017. Dr. Nystrom will return full time to his position as senior director of research, where he will be able to focus his strengths on completing critical research proposals and ensuring the center’s continued collaboration with its partners, and on his research projects including the NSF-funded Bridges and NIH-funded HuBMAP projects.

“Alan has a wealth of administrative and research experience that will enable him to lead the PSC during this critical time,” said Rebecca W. Doerge, the Glen de Vries Dean of the Mellon College of Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. George is the founder and director of the National Science Foundation Center for Space, high performance and Resilient Computing, a consortium of more than 30 industry, government and academic partners that work collaboratively to solve research challenges at the nexus of reconfigurable, high performance and embedded computing.

A committee named by Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh continues to search for a permanent director of PSC, which is a joint program of the two universities.