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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Physicist
Engineering Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Seafood, Shrimp
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Camping
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
4/6/1949
Birth Location:
Oakland, California

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Physicist
Engineering Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Seafood, Shrimp
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Camping
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
4/6/1949
Birth Location:
Oakland
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Biography

Physicist and professor of electrical and computer engineering, Dr. Roscoe C. Giles was born in 1949 in Oakland, California. He was raised in Berkeley, California until his family moved to Chicago, Illinois at age four. Giles attended University of Chicago Laboratory Schools from kindergarten to twelfth grade, graduating in 1966. Obtaining his B.A. degree in physics at the University of Chicago, Giles graduated with honors in 1970. Continuing his study of physics, he went on to acquire his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Stanford University in 1973 and 1975. Giles was the first African American to earn his Ph.D. degree in physics from Stanford University.

Giles worked as a research associate at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) until moving to the Center for Theoretical Physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1976. In 1979, he became an assistant professor of physics at MIT. He moved to Boston University as an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering in 1985. In 1992, Giles was named Boston University Scholar-Teacher of the Year and he became the deputy director of the Boston University Center for Computational Science. During 1994 and 1995, Giles won Department of Energy Undergraduate Computational Science Education Awards. The Metacenter-Affiliated Resource in the New England Region (MARINER) project was established at Boston University in October 1995. Claudio Rebbi, Glenn Bresnahan, and Giles became co-directors of the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded the MARINER project.

In 1996, Giles won Boston University's College of Engineering Award for Excellence in Teaching. Giles started as a team leader for the Education Outreach and Training Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (EOT-PACI) in 1997. He co-chaired the Education Program for the Supercomputing 1997 Conference, benefiting a large group of diverse teachers and exposing thousands of conference attendees to the K-12 use of technology. In 1999, Giles was promoted as a full professor to the department of electrical and computer engineering at Boston University. His research focuses on distributed and parallel computer and supercomputer applications, simulations of large scale molecular systems, advanced computer architectures, computational science, and micromagnetics. In 2000, Giles won the Computing Research Association (CRA) A. Nico Habermann Award. The CRA awarded Giles efforts to increase the participation of underrepresented minorities in the computing disciplines, his service as a faculty advisor and mentor for the Minority Engineers Society, and his mentoring of high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. Giles founded and is the executive director of the Institute for African American eCulture which fights hi-tech inequality. During the Supercomputing Conference in Baltimore, Maryland in 2002, Giles was the first ever African American conference chairman. In 2004, the Career Communications Group selected Giles as one of the "50 Most Important Blacks in Research Science." Another NSF collaboration led by Giles was Engaging People in Cyberinfrastructure (EPIC) launched in 2005. Giles became the chair of the United States Department of Energy's Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee (ASCAC) in 2010.

Dr. Roscoe Giles was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 12, 2012.

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  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Roscoe Giles talks about his experience at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Roscoe Giles talks about the University of Chicago's scientific history
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Roscoe Giles talks about his education at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Roscoe Giles talks about his interest in electronics
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Roscoe Giles describes his experience at the University of Chicago Lab Schools
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Roscoe Giles talks about his peers at the University of Chicago Lab Schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Roscoe Giles describes his decision to attend the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Roscoe Giles describes the technology that was available to him in college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Roscoe Giles talks about the faculty and research at the University of Chicago's physics department
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Roscoe Giles remembers the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Roscoe Giles talks about his wife, Linda, and their move to California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Roscoe Giles talks about his mentors and the minority program at Stanford University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Roscoe Giles describes his dissertation on the modeling of quark confinement - part one
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Roscoe Giles describes his dissertation on the modeling of quark confinement - part two
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Roscoe Giles talks about the discoveries made at the Stanford Linear Acceleration Center (SLAC)
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  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Roscoe Giles talks about his experience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Roscoe Giles talks about his transition to the role of a computer engineer
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  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Roscoe Giles discusses the interplay of theory, experiment, and computation in science
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  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Roscoe Giles discusses his curriculum for computational science
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Roscoe Giles describes the MARINER project
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Roscoe Giles describes his work with the Fayerweather Street School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Roscoe Giles talks about his work with the Education Outreach Training
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Roscoe Giles describes his role as chair of the Supercomputing Conference
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Roscoe Giles talks about the Institute for African American e-culture
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Roscoe Giles talks about technology and various forms of learning
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Roscoe Giles talks about being honored by the Career Communications Group
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Roscoe Giles describes Engaging People in Cyber-infrastructure
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Roscoe Giles talks about the Advanced Scientific Computer Advisory Committee
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  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Roscoe Giles discusses the future of scientific computing
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Roscoe Giles shares his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Roscoe Giles shares his advice for future engineers and computer scientists
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Roscoe Giles reflects upon his career
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  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Roscoe Giles reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Roscoe Giles talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Roscoe Giles asks questions to challenge young people
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Roscoe Giles tells how he would like to be remembered