Carl Edward Oliver 1943 2008


The Office of Science and its Office of Advanced Scientific Computing research (ASCR) were saddened by the loss of Carl Edward Oliver, a former Associate Director of ASCR.

Carl Edward OliverDr. Oliver served as the Associate Director of ASCR under an Intergovernmental Personnel Assignment from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Sandia National Laboratories from August 1999 until July 2005. Upon completion of his IPA Assignment, Dr. Oliver returned to Sandia National Lab where he worked for the Computation, Computers, Information & Mathematical Center until his retirement. Prior to his appointment as Associate Director, Dr. Oliver was on detail from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to the Office of Energy Research where he served as an expert on the development of the Scientific Simulation Initiative which ultimately led to the current SciDAC program. Dr. Oliver was the Associate Laboratory Director for Computing Robotics and Education at Oak Ridge National Lab from 1995 to 1998. After receiving his Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1969 as a NASA fellow from the University of Alabama, he held research and management positions at the Air Force Weapons Lab, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and DOE. He also held teaching positions at six universities, was active on a national and international level organizing professional society meetings for numerous academic societies and served on several university and Federal advisory committees and others under the auspices of the Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Science Foundation.

Ed was deeply committed to training the next generation of computational scientists. He mentored young scientists and worked to bring more under-represented groups into HPC leadership. He was particularly devoted to education and instrumental in starting several national programs to help bring educational opportunities in High Performance Computing to all levels of education - from K12 to graduate programs including the Department of Energy’s highly successful Computational Science Graduate Fellowship program.

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August, 2008