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Michael E. Papka

Deputy Associate Laboratory Director/Director, ALCF


Michael E. Papka is a senior scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, where he is also deputy associate laboratory director for Computing, Environment and Life Sciences (CELS) and division director of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF). Both his laboratory leadership roles and his research interests relate to high-performance computing in support of scientific discovery.

Within the CELS directorate, Mike supports programmatic efforts spanning Argonne that contribute to, or benefit from, advanced computing. At ALCF, he oversees a U.S. Department of Energy user facility that houses two of the world’s fastest supercomputers and enables the research community to pursue major discoveries and innovations through open science.

In addition to his duties at Argonne, Mike is a professor of computer science at Northern Illinois University (NIU), where he teaches foundational concepts of computer science and advanced topics in data analytics and data science. He is also founder and co-director of NIU’s Data, Devices, and Interaction Laboratory (ddiLab), a collaborative workspace for undergraduate and graduate students to conduct computer science research with an emphasis on visualization and data analysis coupled to high-performance computing.

Mike has a B.S. in physics from Northern Illinois University, an M.S. in computer science and electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Chicago.