Dr. Michael L. Norman, named SDSC interim director in June 2009 and appointed to the
position of director in September 2010, is a distinguished professor of physics at UC San Diego
and a globally recognized astrophysicist. Dr. Norman is a pioneer in using advanced
computational methods to explore the universe and its beginnings. In this capacity, he has
directed the Laboratory for Computational Astrophysics -- a collaborative effort between UC
San Diego and SDSC resulting in the Enzo community code for astrophysics and cosmology in
Following his appointment as SDSC&'s chief scientific officer in June 2008, Dr. Norman worked to
foster collaborations across the UC San Diego campus for cyberinfrastructure-oriented
research, development and education. He also serves as division director of SDSC's
Cyberinfrastructure Research, Education and Development (CI-RED), and is the Principal
Investigator for two of SDSC's leading HPC systems - Gordon and Comet - which together
represent more than $42 million in National Science Foundation funding.
Dr. Norman's work has earned him numerous honors, including Germany's prestigious
Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize, the IEEE Sidney Fernbach Award, and several HPCC
Challenge Awards. He also is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the
American Physical Society. He holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in engineering and applied sciences from
UC Davis, and in 1984 completed his post-doctoral work at the Max Planck Institute for
Astrophysics in Garching, Germany.
From 1986 to 2000, Dr. Norman held numerous positions at the University of Illinois in Urbana,
as an NCSA associate director and senior research scientist under Larry Smarr, currently UC San
Diego's director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology
(Calit2); and as a professor of astronomy. From 1984 to 1986, he was a staff member at Los
Alamos National Laboratory.
He was appointed to the Council in 2017.