Cynthia McIntyre

HPCwire's People to Watch 2013

Cynthia McIntyre

Cynthia McIntyre
Senior Vice President, Council on Competitiveness

Cynthia R. McIntyre is currently the Senior Vice President at the Council on Competitiveness, a non-partisan, NGO, which is dedicated to developing public policy recommendations to enhance American competitiveness by creating new domestic jobs in the U.S. She has a proven track record of cultivating government and private industry collaborations to create various new technology innovations.

McIntyre’s responsibilities include leading the High Performance Computing (HPC) Initiative that involves helping to develop policies to enhance the use of HPC in the private sector for greater economic return and competitive advantage. As a result of these efforts, the Council was asked by the White House in 2010 to create and lead a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) to help small- and medium-size manufacturers (SME) in the Midwest to use HPC modeling and simulation. The PPP is known as the National Digital Engineering and Manufacturing Consortium (NDEMC). Since its inception, several of these emerging enterprises have seen improvement to their product development process and bottom line sales projections.

McIntyre has established herself as a driving force in influencing HPC development. Taking into consideration her work building the National Digital Engineering and Manufacturing Consortium (NDEMC) while maintaining a senior role for the Council on Competitiveness on top of leading the HPC Initiative, it will be interesting to see how she tops her achievements gained from the previous year.

Prior to arriving to the Council, McIntyre was Chief of Staff to the President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 1999 to 2007. In this capacity, she had executive oversight and management of three areas in the Office of the President, one of which was Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer, and New Ventures – and grew licensing revenue from $45 K to $1.2 million in five years.

She was a member of the Board of Trustees for Spelman College (2003-2009); is on the External Advisory Committee of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University (2005 to present); and was a member of the Governing Board of the American Physical Society (1998-2000).

McIntyre is a theoretical condensed matter physicist and holds a doctorate in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was a Bunting Fellow at Harvard University. Once removed from the confines of her office, she is an avid jazz enthusiast and supporter of the fine arts. The North Sea Jazz Festival is one of her favorite destination spots for great live jazz performances.

Cynthia’s Top 5 HPC initiatives or technologies to watch in 2013:

  • Apps for HPC Software
  • Exascale
  • 3-D Stacked Memory
  • Energy efficient computing
  • Modeling and simulation tools for additive manufacturing

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