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Richard L. Moore Appointed Executive Director, National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure

Published 01/22/2002

The National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI) has announced that Richard L. Moore has joined the partnership as Executive Director. In this post, Moore will be responsible for providing top-level strategic direction and management as well as supervising day-to-day operations of the national NPACI partnership.

Moore succeeds Peter Arzberger, who will be assuming new responsibilities in the office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at UC San Diego (UCSD). The two will work closely together during a brief transition period. Moore will assume the job full-time in mid-February.

"This is an important year for the partnership and Richard's combination of strategic, management, leadership and scientific skills will greatly benefit the partnership and help take us into the future," said Fran Berman, Director of NPACI and the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC). "We would also like to thank Peter Arzberger for his service, leadership and outstanding contributions to the NPACI partnership." As NPACI Executive Director, Moore will be based at SDSC.

The NPACI partnership, begun in 1997, is one of two Partnerships for Advanced Scientific Computing supported by the National Science Foundation. "I'm excited about working with the NPACI partners and our NSF sponsors," Moore said. "There is tremendous talent and expertise across NPACI, with the charter to advance the scientific community's computational and data-management environment to the next level."

Moore comes from Photon Research Associates, an aerospace research contractor specializing in physics-based simulations for the defense community, where he was Vice President and Manager of the San Diego Division. In that position, he led a number of large, long-term research programs, notably efforts in discrimination, phenomenology, and system simulation. Moore obtained his bachelor's degree in mathematics and astronomy from the University of Michigan (1975) and a doctorate in astronomy from the University of Arizona (1980). After a period of postdoctoral research in radio astronomy at Caltech, he joined the Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, where he managed projects for the design of infrared satellite surveillance systems.

"I believe that the infrastructure being developed in NPACI will form the foundation of a national information infrastructure for the next generation of science and engineering results," Moore said. "High performance computing will become more accessible to the community for a wide variety of exciting, important applications. NPACI needs to continue to lead the way, pushing the state of the art in both technology and applications."

The National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI) unites 48 universities and research institutions to build the computational environment for tomorrow's scientific discovery. Led by the University of California, San Diego, and the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), NPACI is funded by the National Science Foundation's Partnerships for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (PACI) program and receives additional support from the State and University of California, other government agencies, and partner institutions. The NSF PACI program also supports the National Computational Science Alliance. For additional information about NPACI, see, or contact David Hart at SDSC, 858-534-8314,

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