Linda Akli

Broadening Participation in Computing Institutional Initiatives Directorate

Phone: 202-256-5148 | Email:

Joining TACC in May 2023, Linda serves as the Director of Broadening Participation in Computing Institutional Initiatives. Linda Akli develops and manages innovative workforce development and broadening participation programs that engage the next generation of researchers in Advanced Computing. Prior to joining TACC, Linda Akli was the Director for IT Initiatives at the Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) where she was responsible for facilitating collaborative projects with SURA member institutions and leading groundbreaking workforce development and broadening participation programs for the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE).

Selected Publications

L. Akli, K. Cahill, “Computational & Data Science Curriculum Exchange Pilot Program”, Notices of the American Mathematical Society, December 2022, vol 69, issue 11, pages+1929-1931.

L. Akli, K. Cahill, D. Tandabany, A. Gonzalez, R. Isokpehi, A. Nkwanta, R. Vincent-Finely, L. Rivera, and A. Tannouri, "Building a Computational and Data Science Workforce,” The Journal of Computational Science Education,  vol. 13,  issue 1,  pages=27--31,  DOI: 10.22369/issn.2153-4136/13/1/5     

L. Akli, S. Bapna, P. Bhattacharya, A. Emdad, S. Hargett, C. Hughes Darden, R. Ellington, A. Nkwanta, J. Zaveri, Chapter 14 - “Interventions Addressing Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Minority Groups in Undergraduate STEM Disciplines”, Culturally Responsive Strategies for Reforming STEM Higher Education: Turning the TIDES on Inequity, January 19, 2019, DOI: 10.1108/978-1-78743-405-920191008.

L. Akli, "XSEDE: Tackling Diversity and Inclusion in Advanced Computing", IEEE Computing in Science & Engineering, vol. 20, no. 03, pp. 71-72, 2018, DOI: 10.1109/MCSE.2018.03202635.

L. Akli, M. Bland, L. DeStefano, S. Fratkin, K. Gaither, R. Gomez, R. Mendenhall, L. Rivera. “Advanced Computing for Social Change: Educating and Engaging Our Students to Compete in a Changing Workforce”, Proceedings of the Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing 2017 on Sustainability, Success and Impact, 2017, DOI: 10.1145/3093338.3093391.

L. Akli, M. Madrid, J. Alameda, L. Rivers, S. Gordon, “XSEDE Training: Achieving Access and Inclusion”, Proceeding of the XSEDE16 Conference on Diversity, Big Data, and Science at Scale, 2016, DOI: 10.1145/2949550.2949586.

L. Akli, S. Moore, L. Rivera, P. Teller, “Training, education, and outreach—raising the bar”, Journal of Concurrency and Computation: Special Issue on XSEDE13, vol. 26, issue 13, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/cpe.3230.

Current Projects

  • Leadership Class Computing Facility (LCCF) community engagement

Areas of Research

  • Diversity Equity and Inclusion in Computing
  • Broadening Participation in STEM
  • STEM Workforce Development


  • AAAS Education Section
  • ACM Words Matters Review Committee
  • ACM SIGHPC Education Chapter, Outreach Committee
  • SC21 Inclusivity Committee, Special Programs Chair


B.S., Computer Science
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute