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Gabrielle Allen was appointed the Director of the School of Computing in March 2022 after a university-wide search. Previously, she held an administrative role as the Special Assistant for Strategic Initiatives in the Office of Research and Economic Development. Gabrielle holds academic appointments as a Professor of Mathematics and Adjunct Professor of Physics and Astronomy. Gabrielle joined the University of Wyoming in January 2021, moving from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she served in multiple roles as Professor of Astronomy, Associate Dean for Research in the College of Education, Associate Director for Research at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and Adjunct professor in Computer Science and Curriculum and Instruction.
Gabrielle's other previous professional appointments include research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam, Germany, the Russell Long Professor of Computer Science at Louisiana State University (LSU), and founding member and Assistant Director of its Center for Computation and Technology. She served as a Program Director in the Office of Cyberinfrastructure at the National Science Foundation (NSF) from 2010-2012, where she was responsible for leading an NSF-wide working group running cross-agency software programs, including software institutes, and leading the OCI Learning and Workforce Development cluster.
Gabrielle's research work has focused on the development and application of scientific community software, including the Cactus Framework, Einstein Toolkit, and Grid Application Toolkit. Although her work has predominantly been related to simulations of black holes, neutron stars, and gravitational waves, her group's software has also been applied in fields as diverse as petroleum engineering, computational chemistry, coastal modeling, and computational fluid dynamics. The interdisciplinary nature of her research is reflected in her former faculty positions in Computer Science, Physics, Astronomy, Curriculum and Instruction, and her role as Associate Dean of Education. She has published over 100 refereed journal and conference papers and has been awarded the Gordon Bell Prize in Supercomputing in 2001, the IEEE International Scalable Computing Challenge in 2009, and the High-Performance Bandwidth Challenge in 2002. In 2017, she was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society.