Allen Malony Recognized with
Fulbright Distinguished Chair
February 6, 2017
a Fulbright award is nothing new for Allen Malony — a professor in the
UO’s Department of Computer and Information Science, who now has three
such awards — but his latest achievement, a Fulbright-Toqueville
Distinguished Chair, is the top honor handed out by the Fulbright
As a 2016-17 Distinguished Chair, Malony will teach courses, do research
and participate in conferences and seminars related to his expertise in
high-performance computing while serving as a visiting professor at the
University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in Versailles,
“The emphasis on both teaching and research encompasses the full spirit
of the Fulbright Distinguished Chair Award, and I am very honored to
receive it,” Malony said.
Al MaloneyMalony’s teaching has largely been focused on parallel
computing theory and practice. Parallel computers utilize multiple
processors to execute parts of programs at the same time, making it
possible for applications to run faster. The world’s most powerful
computer systems today, so-called supercomputers, rely on parallel
“At the heart of my academic and research work is the sincere belief
that high-performance computing matters, for science and society,”
Malony said. “I enjoy the research interactions that I have with other
people and enjoy thinking about the role of high-performance computing
in our world and in the future and what it can mean for our ability to
solve scientific, social and engineering problems that we have — for the
betterment of humanity and our lives.”
While in France, Malony hopes to inspire students and colleagues with
his vision of high-performance computing and its potential for
next-generation discoveries. He will teach a course on parallel
performance engineering methods and conduct research seminars for
In addition to having recently launched a new high-performance computing
center, Malony and his UO research group work on projects funded by the
Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation to develop
parallel performance measurement and analysis tools. Malony also directs
the UO’s NeuroInformatics Center, which develops advanced integrated
neuroimaging tools for next-generation brain analysis.
Malony sees applications for high-performance computing in disciplines
ranging from molecular biology to astrophysics to genome sequencing. His
interdisciplinary work at the UO includes modeling of the
electromagnetics of the human head with the UO Neuroinformatics Center,
examining the dynamics of polymers with UO chemistry professor Marina
Guenza, computing the paths of sound waves in marine seismic tomography
with UO geological science professor Doug Toomey and simulating the
mountain pine beetle epidemic with UO geography professor Chris Bone.
“Almost any area of research has opportunities for using parallel
computing systems,” Malony said.
came to the UO in 1991 after serving as a senior software engineer at
the University of Illinois Center for Supercomputing Research and
Development. He spent a year as a Fulbright Research Scholar and
visiting professor at Utrecht University in the Netherlands and was
awarded the NSF National Young Investigator award in 1994.
In 1999 he was a Fulbright Research Scholar to Austria at the University
of Vienna. In 2002, he was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Research
Award for Senior U.S. Scientists.
The Fulbright program was established in 1946 to increase mutual
understanding between the U.S. and other countries through the exchange
of students and scholars. The Fulbright-Toqueville Distinguished Chair
was created by the Franco-American Fulbright Commission, in partnership
with the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the U.S.
Department of State. It commemorates Alexis de Tocqueville’s 200th
birthday and Senator J. William Fulbright’s 100th birthday.