Dona L. Crawford retired from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a science and security laboratory, in April 2016, after having served as Associate Director for Computation for 15 years. In this capacity she led the laboratory’s high performance computing efforts. This included managing a staff of ~1000 that developed and deployed an integrated computing environment for petascale simulations of complex physical phenomena, such as understanding non-proliferation, biodefense, and energy security. This environment included high performance computers, scientific visualization facilities, high-performance storage systems, network connectivity, multi-resolution data analysis, mathematical models, scalable numerical algorithms, computer applications, and necessary services to enable Laboratory mission goals and scientific discovery through simulation. An icon for the computing environment provided was the Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) Program’s BlueGene/Q Sequoia machine (peak 20 quadrillion floating-point operations per second (PF)). This is among the fastest computers in the world.
Prior to her LLNL appointment in July 2001, Ms. Crawford was with Sandia National Laboratories since 1976, serving on many leadership projects.
Ms. Crawford has served on advisory committees for the National Research Council and the National Science Foundation. She Co-Chaired the Council on Competitiveness High Performance Computing Advisory Committee, and Co-Chaired the CRDF Global Board. She is a Senior Fellow at the Council on Competitiveness, a member of the California Council on Science and Technology, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and participates in community outreach activities to promote math and science.