California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology
Larry Smarr was a pioneer of the national information infrastructure. In 1985 he became the founding director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois. In 1997 he also became the director of the National Computational Science Alliance, linking over fifty universities, government labs, and corporations with NCSA to prototype the information infrastructure of the 21st Century. Under Dr. Smarr's leadership, the NCSA significantly helped to develop the Internet, the Web, the Grid, and scientific visualization.
Dr. Smarr joined the Jacobs School's Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California at San Diego in 2000. He also became the founding director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, which joins faculty from UCSD and UC Irvine with over fifty industrial partners to research the future development of the Internet. In 2002 he was named the Harry E. Gruber Professor of Computer Science and Information Technologies.
Dr. Smarr has served on the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee and currently lends advice to NIH and NASA. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1990 he received the Franklin Institute's Delmer S. Fahrney Gold Medal for Leadership in Science or Technology. He is the author of Supercomputing and the Transformation of Science (with William Kaufmann III) and over 70 scientific papers. He earned physics degrees from the University of Missouri, Stanford University, and the University of Texas.