Karl W. Schulz received his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas in 1999. After completing a one-year post-doc, he transitioned to the commercial software industry working for the CD-Adapco group as a Senior Project Engineer to develop and support engineering software in the field of computational fluid dynamics (CFD). After several years in industry, Karl returned to the University of Texas in 2003, joining the research staff at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), a leading research center for advanced computational science, engineering and technology. During his 10-year tenure at TACC, Karl was actively engaged in HPC research, scientific curriculum development and teaching, technology evaluation and integration, and strategic initiatives serving on the Center's leadership team as an Associate Director and leading TACC's HPC group and Scientific Applications group during his time at TACC. He was a Co-principal investigator on multiple Top-25 system deployments serving as application scientist and principal architect for the cluster management software and HPC environment. Karl also served as the Chief Software Architect for the PECOS Center within the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES), a research group focusing on the development of next-generation software to support multi-physics simulations and uncertainty quantification.
In 2014, Karl joined the Data Center Group at Intel working on the architecture, development, and validation of HPC system software. Serving as a Principal Engineer, Karl led the technical design and release of OpenHPC, a Linux Foundation community project focused on the integration of common building-blocks for HPC systems. He continues to be actively engaged in this project, currently serving as the overall Project Leader.
In 2018, Karl returned to the University of Texas in an interdisciplinary role as a Research Associate Professor within ICES and Associate Professor within the Women's Health Department at the Dell Medical School.