Charlie Catlett

Senior Computer Scientist, Argonne; Director, Urban Center for Computation and Data, UChicago

Charlie Catlett is a Senior Computer Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory and a Senior Fellow at the Computation Institute of the University of Chicago and Argonne, where he is founding director of the Urban Center for Computation and Data (UrbanCCD). He is also a Visiting Artist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Catlett is working with scientists from area universities and laboratories, members of the technical community in the Chicago area and city policymakers to explore science-based approaches to opportunities and challenges of city design and operation.  

From 2007 to 2011 Catlett was the Chief Information Officer at Argonne, and from 2004 to 2007 he was Director of the National Science Foundation's TeraGrid initiative - a nationally distributed supercomputing facility involving fifteen universities and federal laboratories. Before joining the UChicago and Argonne in 2000, Catlett was Chief Technology Officer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  At NCSA he participated, beginning at NCSA’s founding in 1985, in the development of NSFNET, one of several early national networks that evolved into what we now experience as the Internet. Following the release of NCSA’s Mosaic web browser, he and his team at NCSA helped develop and support scalable web server infrastructure.

From 1999 to 2004 Catlett directed the design and deployment of the I-WIRE optical network, funded by the State of Illinois, which connects research institutions in the Chicago area and downstate Illinois with a dedicated fiber optic network for research and education.   Catlett received a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1983.