Department of Computer Science Hosts Turing Award Winner and Illinois Tech Alum Jack Dongarra

The Department of Computer Science will host two events to honor Jack Dongarra (M.S. CS ’71), winner of the 2021 ACM A.M. Turing Award on Wednesday, April 12. The first will be a lecture at 12:45 p.m. at in Hermann Hall Ballroom, followed by a reception at 1:45 p.m. in Herman Hall’s Gallery Lounge. Register for free here. Then at 4:30–5:30 p.m., come to Tellabs Alley at Kaplan Institute for a Fireside Chat and Q&A, moderated by Sunny Shah. Register for free here.

Jack’s pioneering contributions to numerical algorithms and libraries that enabled HPC software to keep pace with exponential hardware improvements for over four decades has, through the years, accelerated HPC. Learn about the education, career path, mindset, and strategies that led Jack to becoming a Turing Award winner, the award that is often referred to as the “Nobel Prize of Computing.” Find out more about him and his work from this article in The New York Times and from his original Turing Award Lecture presented at IEEE/ACM Supercomputing/SC 2022 conference. You won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to hear first-hand from one of the giants in the field of computing.