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Herdman Joins ORAU Board of Directors

Virginia Tech associate VP of research computing specializes in high performance computing, applied mathematics

April 14, 2009

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) announced the addition of Dr. Terry Herdman to its Board of Directors during its 64th Annual Meeting of the ORAU Council of Sponsoring Institutions. The board provides policy and fiduciary oversight of ORAU operations for its membership.

Terry Herdman

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Herdman currently serves as associate vice president for research computing at Virginia Tech where he has direct oversight of the 2200 processor Virginia Tech System X supercomputer, and other related computer and networking facilities. He also represents the school on the ORAU Council of Sponsoring Institutions.

“As a member of the Council, I have witnessed ORAU’s development of strategic partnerships for collaboration on major scientific initiatives that have strengthened America’s leadership in science and technology. I am delighted to have been elected to the ORAU Board of Directors and I welcome the opportunity to increase my involvement with ORAU as a board member,” said Herdman. “With a strong background in computational science, high performance computing and applied mathematics, I look forward to serving as a valuable asset to ORAU in the development of future scientific research and educational programs.”

Herdman is one of three cofounders of the Interdisciplinary Center for Applied Mathematics (ICAM) at Virginia Tech and has served as ICAM director for 21 years. He has directed Virginia Tech’s undergraduate program in applied and computational mathematics at the Blacksburg Campus and the graduate program in interdisciplinary applied mathematics at Virginia Tech’s Northern Virginia Campus. He served six years as vice president for the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and is currently a member of the SIAM Education Committee and represents SIAM on the Board of Governors for Mu Alpha Theta.

Herdman is an associate editor for the Journal of Integral Equations and Applications and his research interests include modeling, analysis, parameter identification and approximations for systems governed by Volterra and Functional Differential Equations. His research has been funded by the Air Force Research Laboratories, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, NASA Langley Research Center, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Herdman was a member of the NASA Large Space Systems Team that was awarded the 2008 NASA Center Team Award for contributions in the development and testing of inflation deployed, rigidizable space structures and materials. He also serves as the Virginia Tech liaison to Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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