Professor Giles is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boston University (BU).
His research focuses on the application of high performance and parallel computing to physics and materials problems. He has served in a number of leadership roles in the community, including as a member and chair of the DOE Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee (ASCAC) and chair of the Boston University Faculty Council.
Professor Giles has also worked to prototype and build computational and educational infrastructure that will enable broad participation of scholars and students in high-performance computing. For his work in increasing the participation of minorities in computer and computational science, in 2000 he received the A. Nico Habermann award from the Computing Research Association.
Professor Giles received his PhD in Physics from Stanford University in 1975 as a Hertz Fellow. He is the first in a long line of African-American PhD’s in Physics and Applied Physics at Stanford. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from the University of Chicago in 1970. He is also featured on the “History Makers” website website and archive.