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Jack Dongarra, recipient of the 2021 Turing Award, visits UNM on 10/10/2022

The University of New Mexico is planning a celebration Monday, Oct. 10 in honor of alumnus Jack Dongarra, the recipient of the 2021 The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) A.M. Turing Award - often referred to as the “Nobel Prize of computing.”

The celebration will include events for students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Dongarra earned his doctorate in applied mathematics from UNM's Department of Mathematics and Statistics in 1980. His research was foundational to the field of computer science and in particular, high-performance computing.

The ACM credited Dongarra with “pioneering contributions to numerical algorithms and libraries that enabled high-performance computational software to keep pace with exponential hardware improvements for over four decades.”

The following events are planned for the Dongarra celebration:

  • Noon | Student Q&A – SUB Ballroom C
  • 4 p.m. | Lecture – Larrañaga Engineering Auditorium or webinar
  • 5:30 p.m. | Reception – Centennial Engineering Center Stamm Commons

The Student Q&A will include lunch with Dongarra, as well as an opportunity to ask the A.M. Turing Award winner any questions about the industry of computer science technology, his contributions to the field, and more.  

Details on the lecture posted in our Calendar.  Video of Dongarra's Lecture at UNM.

The deadline to register is Saturday, Oct. 8 at 5 p.m. Seats are limited. Event Website

This event is sponsored and organized by the UNM Office of the Vice President for Research, the School of Engineering, and the College of Arts & Sciences.