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Realizing the Impact of ‘I Am HPC’


Each year, the SC Conference kicks off the week by hosting an insightful opening plenary. Equal parts a vehicle to set the tone for the conference and a means to showcase esteemed voices from the high-performance computing arena and beyond, the plenary has addressed an assortment of technical topics specifically relevant to the HPC community.

In keeping with this year’s theme, the I Am HPC Plenary will bring people to the forefront by analyzing the social impact of HPC in the context of leading scientific and technical achievements and resources.

The SC23 opening plenary, I Am HPC: Impact and Future Directions, will be moderated by Valerie E. Taylor, Division Director and Distinguished Fellow at Argonne National Laboratory, who will be joined by several esteemed thought leaders.

All registered attendees and exhibitors are welcome to experience this diverse gathering of minds for the SC23 opening plenary.

I Am HPC Plenary

Monday, November 13

I Am HPC: Impact and Future Directions


Valerie E. Taylor

Division Director and Distinguished Fellow, Argonne National Laboratory


Enobong (Anna) Branch

Senior Vice President for Equity, Rutgers University

Mateo Valero

Director, Barcelona Supercomputing Center

Katherine (Kathy) Yelick

Robert S. Pepper Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences; Vice Chancellor for Research at University of California, Berkeley, and Senior Faculty Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Frank Indiviglio

Chief Technology Officer, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Meet the Leaders

Valerie E. Taylor

Valerie E. Taylor is Director of the Mathematics and Computer Science Division and a Distinguished Fellow at Argonne National Laboratory. Prior to her role at Argonne, she served as Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering along with being a Regents Professor and the Royce E. Wisenbaker Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at Texas A&M University. Taylor also contributed significantly to the academic community during her 11-year tenure in Northwestern University’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Department. Her research specialization centers on HPC with a primary focus on performance analysis and modeling of parallel scientific applications. 

Currently, Taylor’s research endeavors revolve around enhancing energy efficiency in parallel scientific applications and microelectronics. In addition to her distinguished research career, Taylor is an IEEE, ACM, and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow. She extends her impact as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in Information Technology (CMD-IT), a non-profit organization dedicated to creating and delivering innovative programs that champion and advance underrepresented communities in the tech industry, benefiting society at large.

Enobong (Anna) Branch

In her role as Senior Vice President for Equity at Rutgers University, Enobong Branch is a prominent advocate for equity and inclusion. Branch leads efforts to embed equity principles in research, education, and public engagement across the university, emphasizing diversity’s role in achieving excellence. Previously, Branch integrated diversity into the strategic plan, conducted a campus climate survey, and championed diversity infrastructure at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She also led the National Science Foundation-funded ADVANCE program, promoting institutional transformation and gender and racial equity among faculty.

As a sociology professor, Branch explores labor and work, delving into racial and gender inequality’s historical and contemporary aspects. Her publications, including Work in Black and White and Opportunity Denied: Limiting Black Women to Devalued Work, have had a significant impact in addressing historical inequities. Branch’s expertise in diversity in academia extends to advisory roles in professional societies and organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences. She holds a doctorate in sociology from the University at Albany and a B.S. in biology from Howard University.

Mateo Valero

Mateo Valero is a renowned leader in HPC, serving as the founding director of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center and affiliated with the University of Catalonia (UPC). With a prolific career, he has authored 700 papers, played key roles in over 300 international conferences, and delivered more than 600 invited talks. His accolades include prestigious awards such as the Eckert-Mauchly Award, Seymour Cray Award, and Charles Babbage Award from IEEE.

Valero’s influence extends globally with recognition such as HPCWire’s “Readers’ Choice Awards” for his leadership and contributions to European HPC independence. He holds honorary doctorates from 10 universities, is an IEEE and ACM Fellow, and has received high honors from the Mexican government. His remarkable legacy also includes being named a “Favourite Son” of his hometown, Alfamén (Spain), where a public school was named after him in 2006.

Katherine (Kathy) Yelick

Kathy Yelick’s expertise lies in HPC, focusing on programming languages, compilers, parallel algorithms, and automatic performance tuning. Currently, she leads the ExaBiome Project for scalable microbial data analysis tools and co-leads the Berkeley Benchmarking and Optimization (BeBOP) group. In addition to her current role as the Robert S. Pepper Distinguished Professor of EECS, Yelick’s distinguished career has included roles as the Associate Dean for Research at UC Berkeley, Associate Laboratory Director for Computing Sciences at LBNL, and leadership of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and AAAS, as well as an ACM and AAAS Fellow.

Frank Indiviglio

Frank Indiviglio became NOAA’s Chief Technology Officer in April of 2022. In this role, Frank leads the development of technology and innovation programs across NOAA. Frank also leads research and evaluation of emerging technologies to strengthen NOAA’s ability to accelerate its ability to conduct its mission through technology.

Frank has more than 20 years of experience in technology leadership spanning high performance computing, cloud services, machine learning, media, infrastructure, and enterprise services. Before becoming the CTO, Frank was the Deputy Director of the High Performance Computing and Communications Program at NOAA. He has also held roles at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Columbia and Cornell Universities, and within industry at HPTi and Silicon Graphics.

Frank holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from Drexel University.

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