Dr. Pete BeckmanCo-Director, Northwestern-Argonne Institute for Science & Engineering and Senior Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory
Pete Beckman is the Co-director of the Northwestern University-Argonne Institute for Science and Engineering. He founded the Waggle project, a sensor platform used in the Array of Things project deploying 500 sensors on the streets of Chicago. Beckman previously served as Director of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility and was chief architect for the National Science Foundation’s TeraGrid, the world’s most powerful grid computing system for linking production high-performance computing (HPC) centers. He worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory on extreme-scale software before founding the research laboratory that developed the world’s first dynamic provisioning system for cloud computing and HPC clusters. Today Beckman coordinates the collaborative research activities in extreme-scale computing between the US Department of Energy and Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology. Beckman received his PhD in computer science from Indiana University.