Center for Computing Research (CCR)

Center for Computing Research

Kenneth F. Alvin (Ken)

Kenneth F. Alvin (Ken)
Senior Manager, Extreme-scale Computing
Phone: 505/844-9329
Fax: 505/845-7442

Mailing address:
Sandia National Laboratories
P.O. Box 5800, MS 1322
Albuquerque, NM

Ken is the Senior Manager of the Extreme Scale Computing Group within the Center for Computing Research at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Prior to leading the group, Ken was the Program Senior Manager for the Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) Program at Sandia, which develops simulation codes, computing architectures and manages high performance computing operations in support of the lab’s stockpile stewardship mission for the nuclear weapons program. Ken has previously led efforts in computational solid mechanics and structural dynamics, verification and validation sciences, numerical algorithms, and the development of the National Code Strategy for the ASC Program. His research interests include computational methods for structural mechanics and dynamics, inverse methods, uncertainty quantification, parallel algorithms, numerical analysis, verification and validation, and computing systems. He has worked at the intersection of numerical algorithms for solution and sensitivity methods for large scale linear structural dynamics, parallel computing algorithms and software, and computational approaches to inverse analysis and uncertainty quantification for engineering simulations. His contributions include initial development of algorithms for the Salinas parallel structural dynamics code (now SIERRA/SD) and a number of innovations in system identification methods for structural dynamics.


Dr. Alvin received his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1993. He also received a M.S in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from UC-Boulder in 1990, and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University in 1983.

Selected Publications & Presentations

  • Alvin, Kenneth F, Brian W Barrett, Ronald B Brightwell, Sudip S Dosanjh, Al Geist, K Scott Hemmert, Michael A Heroux, Doug Kothe, Richard C Murphy, Jeff Nichols, Ron A Oldfield, Arun F Rodrigues, Jeffrey S Vetter, "On the Path to Exascale," Journal Article, International Journal of Distributed Systems and Technologies (IJDST), Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 1–22, Accepted/Published April 2010.

Awards & Recognition

  • Alvin, Kenneth F., Other External Recognition, R&D 100 Award, R&D Magazine, Goodyear/Sandia, Assurance featuring TripleTred Technology , November 1, 2005.
  • Alvin, Kenneth F., Other External Recognition, Gordon Bell Award, IEEE/ACM Supercomputing Conference, Salinas, November 1, 2002.
  • Alvin, Kenneth F., Society/Professional Leadership, AIAA Structural Dynamics Technical Committee, AIAA, January 1, 1999.