Dr. Sidney Karin

Professor Emeritus of Computer Science and Engineering
University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0505
La Jolla, CA 92093-0505
Fax: 858-534-5056

Sidney Karin is Professor Emeritus of Computer Science and Engineering and Director Emeritus of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He was the Founding Director of SDSC, a national laboratory for computational science and engineering, and the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI).

In the early 1980s, Dr. Karin was one of the leaders in the creation of the Supercomputer Centers program of the National Science Foundation (NSF), eventually resulting in the establishment of SDSC. In 1997, this program was replaced by the NSF's Partnerships for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (PACI) program, with NPACI chosen to serve as one of two national partnerships to build the nation's computational infrastructure and address the increasingly complex needs of the academic and research community, government, and industry.

Dr. Karin founded SDSC in 1985, and led it and NPACI until 2001. Under Karin's leadership, NPACI built upon SDSC's robust research agenda in scientific applications and computing technologies to join together more than 50 academic and research institutions in 18 states and several international affiliates to build and deploy the nation's computational infrastructure. Research areas of emphasis included computer security and information assurance, data-intensive computing, interaction environments, metasystems, programming tools and environments, earth systems science, engineering, computational biology ,computational chemistry, molecular science, neuroscience, education, outreach and training.

In addition, SDSC and NPACI, with Dr. Karin's leadership and encouragement, led to the establishment of numerous large and small industrial spinoff companies as well as providing extensive expertise and resources to existing high technology companies across the nation. Dr. Karin's current research interests include computer security and high performance computing. Dr. Karin is co-author, with Norris Parker Smith, of The Supercomputer Era, published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich in 1987. Recognized as an international expert on high performance computing and its application to advancing scientific research, he is a frequent invited speaker, serves on numerous national review panels, and serves as an international advisor and consultant in this capacity.

In the past, Dr. Karin has served as Chair of the Federal Networking Council Advisory Committee and as a member of the Computer Science & Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council, as a member of the Panel on Science and Technology of the University of California President's Council on the National Laboratories, as Chair of the Information, Computing and Communication section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Additionally, he has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association, the NSF Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate Advisory Committee, and the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee's (PITAC) Panel on Transforming the Practice of Healthcare. Dr. Karin presently serves on the Analytics and Computer Science Panels of the National Security Agency Advisory Committee.

Dr. Karin has served as Chair of the Institute for Defense Analyses Center for Computing Sciences Program Review Committee and as a member of the Science and Technology Advisory Board of Telcordia (Bellcore) and the Board of Directors of Boojum Mobile., the External Advisory Board of the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security at Purdue University and the IEEE Computer Society Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award Committee. He has also served as a member of the College of Computing Advisory Board at the Georgia Institute of Technology and as chair of the ACM Alan Newell Award Committee and as a member of the Boards of Directors and Scientific Advisory Boards for a number of high technology start up corporations, including @Backup, InSilico, Avaki, Scientific Computer Systems and Interactive Simulations.

Dr. Karin has served as a member of the Program Advisory Group for the Key Studies Development Project of the People's Republic of China. It was this project that brought the Internet to the PRC. He has also served as an advisor and consultant on high performance computing to research universities and governmental bodies in several other countries including Australia, Canada, Switzerland, Sweden, Venezuela and the United Kingdom.

Dr. Karin is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and a member the IEEE Computer Society. Dr. Karin is listed in Who's Who in America and in Who's Who In Engineering and Computer Science Education. Dr. Karin has served in a part time capacity as a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and he has also held a similar position at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Dr. Karin has a B.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering from City College of New York, M.S.E. and Ph.D. degrees in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan, and is a registered Professional Engineer. Dr. Karin was named Outstanding Alumnus from the University of Michigan Nuclear Engineering Department in 1989. He has previously been awarded the Atomic Energy Commission Special Fellowship in Nuclear Science and Engineering, the National Defense Education Act Fellowship and the New York State Regent College Scholarship. Dr.Karin is holds FAA Airline Transport Pilot and Flight Instructor certificates, with endorsements for single and multi engine aircraft and instruments. Dr. Karin also holds a DOD Top Secret clearance and a DoE Q clearance.