Prof. Dr. Thomas SchulthessDirector, Swiss National Supercomputing Center
Thomas Schulthess received his PhD in physics in 1994 from ETH Zurich. After a postdoctoral fellowship at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, he moved to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in 1997. In 2002 he became group leader of the Computational Materials Sciences Group in ORNL’s Computer Science and Mathematics Division, and in 2005 was appointed to lead the Nanomaterials Theory Institute of ORNL’s Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences. Since October 2008, Thomas holds a chair in Computational Physics at ETH Zurich and directs the Swiss National Supercomputing Center in Lugano. He currently holds a visiting distinguished professor appointment at ORNL. Thomas’ research interests are in condensed matter physics as well as the development of high-end computing systems for simulation-based sciences. He led the teams that were awarded the 2008 and 2009 ACM Gordon Bell Prizes, and that ran the first productive simulations with sustained petaflop/s performance.