Lois Curfman McInnes is a 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 particular, she develops such software tools within the PETSc and TAO libraries.
Lois co-organized a 2011 workshop on Multiphysics Simulations: Challenges and Opportunities, sponsored by the Institute for Computing in Science (ICiS).
Lois is a co-PI of the newly established Frameworks, Algorithms, and Scalable Technologies for Mathematics (FASTMath) Institute, funded by the Department of Energy’s Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) program. She is also 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 is 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.
Additional recent projects include being a co-PI of the SciDAC Towards Optimal Petascale Simulations (TOPS) Center for Enabling Technology. Lois also 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.
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 participating in triathlons and co-leading two Girl Scout troops.
Awards and Honors
- 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
- SC12 Tech Papers Committee, Applications Track
- Co-organizer, 2011 ICiS Workshop on Multiphysics Simulations: Challenges and Opportunities
- Program Committee, SciDAC 2011 Conference
- Program Committee, 2011 SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering
- Program Committee, 20th High Performance Computing Symposium (HPC 2012), also 2009, 2011
- Program Committee, International Conference on High Performance Computing (HiPC 2011), also 2007, 2008, 2009
- Workshops Committee Co-Chair, 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