Eugene Bal III is the former executive director of the Maui High Performance Computing Center (MHPCC) and a retired Naval officer. He has over 40 years of experience in leadership roles managing all aspects of complex scientific, technical and engineering programs.
As the MHPCC executive director, he applied his program management and leadership skills in directing the daily execution of all operational and administrative responsibilities. The most notable achievements during his tenure include the transformation of the organization from a technology concept into highly selective membership in the highest echelon of supercomputing centers within the Department of Defense, directing all High Performance Computing technology acquisitions including deploying the #11 supercomputer in the world, and maintaining effective cost control and financial management.
As a Naval officer, after a decade of combat flying, Bal transitioned to the Navy’s program management and acquisition community as an aerospace engineering duty officer. He held positions as the chief engineer for the development and acquisition of avionics systems, department head for systems and software research and development, deputy program manager and detachment commander of a multidisciplinary team responsible for oversight of a full scale engineering development contract, and assignment as one of a select number of military program managers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency where he was responsible for the development of “first of a kind” technologies. After 25 years of service, Bal retired as a Navy Captain to join MHPCC.
Bal’s community service spans national, state, and Maui organizations including the National Science Foundation National Visiting Committee for the National Center of Excellence in High Performance Computing Technology, Governor’s Economic Revitalization Task Force, State of Hawaiʻi Workforce Development Council, Hawaiʻi Community Foundation Board of Governors, Hawaiʻi Technology Development Venture, United States Naval Academy Information Officer for Maui County, Hawaiʻi Community Foundation Maui Leadership Council, Maui County Mayor’s Advisory Committee, Maui County Small Business Advisory Council, Maui Economic Development Board, Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation, Maui Historical Society and the Maui County Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Bal earned a master of science degree from the United States Naval Postgraduate School, graduated from the Advanced Executive Program at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College.
He and his wife Beryl live in Wailuku.