Tim Davis is a Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. His research interests are in high-performance computing and sparse matrix algorithms.
Tim obtained his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1989, and then spent a year at CERFACS, Toulouse, France, as a postdoc with Iain Duff. He has been at the University of Florida since 1990, except for a year-long sabbatical at Stanford University and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Visiting Staff member at NERSC).
His widely used sparse matrix algorithms appear in MATLAB (x=A\b), Mathematica, and many other commercial and open-source packages. He recently published a book on Direct Methods for Sparse Linear Systems (SIAM). He is a frequent consultant for The MathWorks, Inc., and many other companies, and serves on the Board of Advisors for Accelogic, Inc. He is an elected member of the SIAM Council (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) and an associate editor of ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software.
You can read more about his personal background at http://www.meettheprof.com/TimDavis.