H. Edward Seidel

 H. Edward Seidel

Contact Information

152 Cab
405 N Mathews
M/C 251
Urbana, IL 61801

210 Astronomy
1002 W. Green St.
M/C 221

Additional Campus Affiliations


NCSA director Edward Seidel is a distinguished researcher in high-performance computing and relativity and astrophysics with an outstanding track record as an administrator. In addition to leading NCSA, he is also a Founder Professor in the University of Illinois Department of Physics and a professor in the Department of Astronomy.

His previous leadership roles include serving as the senior vice president for research and innovation at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Moscow, directing the Office of Cyberinfrastructure and serving as assistant director for Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the U.S. National Science Foundation, and leading the Center for Computation & Technology at Louisiana State University. He also led the numerical relativity group at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Germany.

Seidel is a fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. His research has been recognized by a number of awards.

Research Interests

  • Astrophysics/Cosmology


  • M.S. Physics (1983) University of Pennsylvania
  • PhD Relativistic Astrophysics (1988) Yale University

Distinctions / Awards

  • 2006 IEEE Sidney Fernbach Award
  • 2001 Gordon Bell Prize
  • 1998 Heinz-Billing-Award

In The News

  • We begin the new academic year with several new and newly promoted members of our faculty: Jessica Evans, Matthew Turk, Paul Ricker, and Edward Seidel.