Lois Curfman McInnes is a senior computational scientist in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory. She received a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Virginia in 1993. Her research focuses on numerical algorithms and software for the parallel solution of large-scale scientific applications involving nonlinear partial differential equations and related optimization problems in the PETSc and TAO libraries.
Scientific software productivity and sustainability: Lois is co-lead of the IDEAS scientific software productivity project, which is working to improve the productivity of software developers and the sustainability of software artifacts. A key aspect of work is community collaboration to develop the Extreme-scale Scientific Software Development Kit (xSDK), which has the vision to provide infrastructure for and interoperability of a collection of related and complementary software elements—developed by diverse, independent teams throughout the high-performance computing (HPC) community.
Recent updates from the SIAM Activity Group on Computational Science and Engineering (SIAG/CSE):
- Report on Research and Education in Computational Science and Engineering, Sept 2016.
- SIAG/CSE Early Career Prize, established Sept 2016, see nomination details.
Lois is also a co-PI of the Frameworks, Algorithms, and Scalable Technologies for Mathematics (FASTMath) Institute, funded by the Department of Energy’s Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) program.
Lois co-organized a 2011 workshop on Multiphysics Simulations: Challenges and Opportunities, sponsored by the Institute for Computing in Science (ICiS). See a special issue of IJHPCA, Feb 2013.
In 1988 Lois earned a B.S. in Mathematics and Physics, Summa Cum Laude, from Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA. Lois and her husband have two daughters. Her extracurricular activities include yoga, participating in triathlons, and co-leading a Girl Scout troop and service unit.
Awards and Honors
- Winner of 2015 SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering
- Winner of 2013 Argonne National Laboratory Distinguished Performance Award
- Participant in Argonne’s Strategic Laboratory Leadership Program, 2012
- Winner of a 2011 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award for outstanding contributions in research and development supporting the Department of Energy and its missions
- Recipient of a R&D 100 Award in 2009 for PETSc
- DOE Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow, 1993-1996
Selected Recent Professional Activities
- Co-Chair (with Douglas Arnold), 2018 SIAM Annual Meeting
- Vice Chair (with Yves Robert, Chair), SC17 Panels
- Chair, SIAM Activity Group on Computational Science and Engineering, 2015-16
- Chair, SC16 Tech Papers (with Rich Vuduc, Vice Chair)
- Co-Chair (with Paul Bonoli), DOE Workshop on Integrated Simulations for Magnetic Fusion Energy Sciences, June 2015
- Co-Chair (with Hans De Sterck and Chris Johnson), 2015 SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE15)
- Program Director, SIAM Activity Group on Computational Science and Engineering, 2013-14
- Co-Chair (with Hans Johansen), DOE Workshop on Software Productivity for Extreme-Scale Science (SWP4XS), Jan 2014
- SIAM Education Committee, Jan 2015 – present
- Editorial Board, SIAM News, 2012 – present
- Organizing Committee, High Performance and Parallel Computing for Materials Defects and Multiphase Flows, Institute for Mathematical Sciences, National University of Singapore, 2015
- SC14 Tech Papers Area Co-Chair, Algorithms (with Yves Robert)
- SC12 and SC13 Tech Papers Committee, Applications Track
- Program Committee, SciDAC 2011 Conference
- Program Committee, 2011 SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE11)
- Program Committee, 20th High Performance Computing Symposium (HPC 2013), also 2009, 2011, 2012
- Program Committee, International Conference on High Performance Computing (HiPC 2013), also 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011
- Workshops Committee Co-Chair (with Thomas Sterling), SC09
- Parallel numerical software tools and interoperablity issues
- Numerical methods for nonlinear PDEs
- Scientific applications involving PDEs, including fusion and accelerator modeling
- Multiphysics algorithms and software
Mathematics and Computer Science Division
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 South Cass Avenue
Argonne, IL 60439-4844
Email: curfman at mcs dot anl dot gov
Selected Prior Projects
Lois was a co-PI of the SciDAC Framework Application for Core-Edge Transport Simulations (FACETS) and Community Petascale Project for Accelerator Science and Simulation (COMPASS) projects. She was PI of a SciDAC-e project on Large-Scale Differential Variational Inequalities for Heterogeneous Materials, in partnership with the Center for Materials Science of Nuclear Fuel, an Energy Frontier Research Center.
Lois also was a co-PI of the SciDAC Towards Optimal Petascale Simulations (TOPS) Center for Enabling Technology. She led the ‘Component Technology Initiatives’ thrust of the SciDAC Center for Technology for Advanced Scientific Component Software (TASCS). She was a founding member of the Common Component Architecture (CCA) Forum, which developed a component architecture for high-performance scientific computing.