HPC Career Notes: October 2020 Edition

By Mariana Iriarte

October 1, 2020

In this monthly feature, we’ll keep you up-to-date on the latest career developments for individuals in the high-performance computing community. Whether it’s a promotion, new company hire, or even an accolade, we’ve got the details. Check in each month for an updated list and you may even come across someone you know, or better yet, yourself!

Mehdi Bozzo-Rey

Mehdi Bozzo-Rey joins the Business Development team at Cambridge Quantum Computing and will manage various key markets and clients in the USA, Canada, and France. He will also work to continue the expansion of CQC’s leadership in business areas where businesses are adopting quantum computing solutions. Bozzo-Rey brings over a 20-year career with high performance computing experience.

“CQC is at the forefront of innovation and advances in quantum computing software, which enable the power of quantum computing to be realized,” Bozzo-Rey said. “I look forward to contributing to our clients’ efforts to transform their businesses with our leading quantum computing software products and solutions.”

CJ Bruno

Submer appointed CJ Bruno as a strategic advisor in the Americas. Bruno has over a 34-year career in sales and marketing, including serving in a leadership position at Intel. Before Submer, he held the role of corporate vice president and general manager of Intel Americas.

“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to collaborate with the innovative, talented team at Submer,” Bruno said. “It’s rare to get a chance to work with a company with such a powerful combination of subject matter expertise, technology leadership, and passionate, driven people. I look forward to the chance to help Submer exceed their global goals while helping establish and grow their North American business.”

Craig Chadwell

SoftIron Ltd. appointed Craig Chadwell as vice president of Product, where he will be responsible for driving the SoftIron’s flagship HyperDrive storage, HyperSwitch networking, and HyperCast transcoding product portfolio.  Chadwell comes from Lenovo, where he held the role of senior product manager in the software-defined business unit of the Data Center Group.

“We’re seeing radically new demands on data infrastructure design as applications evolve to meet people where they are – a phenomenon which accelerated in 2020 as organizations face increasingly distributed workforces,” said Chadwell. “It’s exciting to join SoftIron right now. They have engineered a brand new approach to designing, manufacturing, and delivering data center solutions that changes the game. I believe we will see a further shift in what data center operators are demanding. SoftIron has an amazing team and a seriously disruptive technology approach to meeting those needs. I’m excited and honored to join the SoftIron team.”

Jim Chelikowsky

Dr. Jim Chelikowsky, W.A. “Tex” Moncrief, Jr. chair of Computational Materials and professor in the Departments of Physics, Chemical Engineering, and Chemistry and Biochemistry at UT Austin, received the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society John Bardeen Award for 2021. The award recognizes the contributions made by leaders in the field of electronic materials.

Chelikowsky’s research made contributions to the computational materials science field with a focus on the optical and dielectric properties of semiconductors, surface and interfacial phenomena in solids, point and extended defects in electronic materials, pressure-induced amorphization in silicates and disordered systems, clusters and nano-regime systems, diffusion and microstructure of liquids. His research also includes contributions to the development of high performance algorithms to predict the properties of materials.

Jacqueline Chen

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science selected Jacqueline Chen, a senior scientist in the Chemistry, Combustion and Materials Division of Sandia National Laboratories, as a distinguished scientist fellow for her work in supercomputers and applied math research to make engines more efficient while minimizing harmful emissions. She will be one of eight researchers in the nation to be tapped for such a distinction.

“It’s critical that we advance every tool that we can, including the world’s fastest high-performance computer, Summit at Oak Ridge National Laboratory,” Chen said. “This supercomputer is capable of performing high-fidelity simulations that generate huge comprehensive sets of data to help the nation be energy efficient and evolve combustion engines to their maximum potential.”

Chris Choi and Edward Hsu

Rescale announced the additions of Chris Choi and Edward Hsu as the company’s vice president of finance and vice president of product, respectively. Choi will manage future financial investments and the company’s financial records. Choi brings over a 15-year career in investment banking, corporate development, financial operations, and strategic finance.

Hsu will be responsible for the growth and success of Rescale’s product portfolio, including product strategy, design, roadmap, and go-to-market. Before joining Rescale, Choi served as chief financial officer of ShopKick Inc.

Elissa Fink

Elissa Fink joined Qumulo’s board of directors. Fink has an extensive background in marketing, including working at Tableau Software for 11 years, where she held the role of chief marketing officer. Currently, she’s an adjunct professor at the University of Washington – Michael G. Foster School of Business. She also serves as a member on the board of directors at Concora and Pantheon Platform.

“Qumulo’s forward-thinking strategy and disruptive file data technology will help customers thrive in the digital era,” said Fink. “It’s an exciting time to join the company’s board. Amidst an environment of global market uncertainty, Qumulo is experiencing surging demand and accelerating momentum. The team is helping more and more customers gain value from their file data faster and at scale. I look forward to helping guide Qumulo’s visionary leadership team and talented professionals as they define a new category in enterprise data management with an unrivaled file data platform built for the cloud.”

Satinder Jandu

Satinder Jandu joins NAG as the executive vice president of its financial services industry division. He will be responsible for driving NAG’s partnerships with the users of its financial services and deploying its products. Jandu brings over a 25-year career across the finance and IT industries, including the public sector, telecommunications, defense, and aerospace.

“This is a time of great change in the finance industry with disruption both on the sell-side and buy side,” Satinder said. “I want to thank Adrian for welcoming me to his executive team, and together with NAG’s help, FSI customers exploit the opportunities these changes will bring through exploiting cross regulatory synergies and new product opportunities. Together we will help customers address greater regulatory scrutiny at a more granular level through NAG’s algorithmic and cloud expertise.”

Anders Dam Jensen

Anders Dam Jensen joins the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking as its new executive director. As the executive director, Jensen will be responsible for the daily operations of EuroHPC JU. He has over 10 years of leadership experience with a lifelong interest in supercomputers. Jensen served as director of the Information and Communication Technology Management for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

“I am thrilled to join the EuroHPC initiative in this promising start-up phase!” Jensen said. “Thanks to the pooling of resources of the EU, 32 participating countries and private partners, we have the means to provide a link between research, innovation and infrastructure’s procurement to strengthen our HPC supply chain and lead the way in European supercomputing. The EuroHPC JU is now autonomous but we will continue our close cooperation with the European Commission. As President Ursulaemphasizedeyen emphasised in her State of the Union Address of last week: HPC is key to strengthen Europe’s digital sovereignty. ”

Sean Jones

The U.S. National Science Foundation tapped Sean Jones to serve as head of the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Sean began his career at NSF in 2009, serving as program director and most recently held the role of acting assistant director leading the MPS Directorate.

“This is an exciting time for mathematical and physical sciences, and I am honored to continue working with such an extraordinary community,” Jones said. “MPS advances some of the most compelling scientific questions that grow the U.S. economy, develops the industries of the future, enhances the nation’s global leadership in innovation, and ensures our national security.”

Daniel Ley

D-Wave Systems Inc. appointed Daniel Ley as senior vice president of sales. Ley has over a 25-year career in technology and software. Before D-Wave, he held the role of VP of Global Sales at the Blue Planet Software Division of Ciena for the Routing Optimization and Assurance product series. He has also held the role of VP of Solution Sales at CA Technologies.

“D-Wave sits at the intersection of business and innovation. I know how transformative the right technology can be for enterprise success, and I’m eager to bring my expertise to an ecosystem that’s evolving as quickly as quantum computing is right now,” said Ley. “I have devoted my career to strategic technology sales and I am thrilled to now play a crucial role in expanding D-Wave’s customer and partner base, while driving global adoption of quantum computing via the cloud.”

Patrick Little

Patrick Little succeeds Dr. Naveed Sherwani as president and chief executive officer of SiFive.  Sherwani will remain chairman of the board of directors. Little brings over a 30-year career in leadership roles. Most recently, he served as senior vice president and general manager of Qualcomm.

“I am honored to lead the brilliant, hard-working team of innovators and engineers at SiFive who are responsible for creating some of the most impactful architectures in our industry,” said Little. “Across the technology industry, a sharpened focus on workload-acceleration to solve next-generation computing challenges is driving demand for SiFive’s configurable RISC-V-based platforms. Our industry-leading technology portfolio provides a unique platform that empowers our customers to deliver differentiated solutions in their markets.”

Jon Masters

Jon Masters rejoined Red Hat as a distinguished engineer. From November 2019, he held the role of vice president of software at NUVIA. Before NUVIA, he held the role of computer architect and distinguished engineer at Red Hat for over 13 years.

“A company that had been my home for almost 14 years, since even before moved to the US,” Masters said about rejoining Red Hat in a blog posted on Medium. “When I left last year, I told my colleagues at the time that deciding to leave in order to pursue a passion for learning about silicon design was one of the toughest decisions I have ever made. And I really meant that. Red Hat isn’t just a company, it’s a family, and the love that I still have for that place permeates my soul. I know I am not alone in being someone who has left Red Hat and felt a profound sense of loss. The feeling quite literally filled my dreams.

Phillip Miltiades

Phillip Miltiades joins SUSE to lead the Asia Pacific Region as president. Miltiades will be based in Sydney and will be responsible for driving customer and partner business outcomes and success. Miltiades has over 25 years of leadership experience. Before SUSE, he served as the chief operating officer at SAP Digital Core.

“This is a wonderful time for me to join SUSE, and I couldn’t be more thrilled,” Miltiades said. “Open source is becoming the backbone for driving digital innovation, according to Gartner*. Increasingly, open source is being adopted for leading-edge innovation like mobile, big data, AI, and machine learning, and we see great potential for growth across APJ. We provide simplified, innovative, and adaptable open source solutions for our customers’ mission-critical business applications to help them achieve the outcomes they desire.”

Frank Rauch

ThinkParQ appointed Frank Rauch as chief financial officer. He has an extensive background in consulting industries such as IT and Internet, life sciences, media and entertainment, and oil and gas. As CFO, he will help the company continue to grow and expand its product portfolio and global presence.

“It is exciting to see the ThinkParQ team and its customer base develop and grow this strongly even in the current environment,” said Frank Rauch, CFO ThinkParQ. “This is an amazing development, and I am very much looking forward to being part of this passionate team, contributing with my work to the acceleration of the development and the global penetration of BeeGFS.”

Jeannine Sargent

Jeannine Sargent was appointed to the Synopsys board of directors. She has held investment advisory roles within industries varying from artificial intelligence to energy and sustainability.  Sargent has also served as president of Innovation and New Ventures at Flex.

“I’m excited about the opportunities that Synopsys has in EDA and semiconductor IP, in light of today’s hyperscalers and the dawn of quantum computing, and in the Software Integrity business, as the need for security testing continues to accelerate,” Sargent said. “I’m honored to join such a capable and committed team.”

Tom Shea

Panasas’s Chief Operating Officer Tom Shea succeeds Faye Pairman as president and CEO and member of the board of directors. Shea has over 20 years of leadership experience in business and engineering roles, including serving as CEO of Gear6 and Mirra.

“I am honored to succeed Faye as CEO and to lead the Panasas team, building on our incredibly strong technology foundation,” said Shea. “We have re-invented ourselves over the past five years, and we are redefining the price-performance equation in HPC storage with innovative technology that eliminates hidden costs. I look forward to working with our fantastic employees, customers and partners to advance our strategy, drive growth, and deliver value every day for our customers.”

James Simmons

The Open Scalable File Systems, Inc. recognized James Simmons from the National Center for Computational Sciences as the top Lustre contributor of the decade. He was recognized for his notable contributions to the Lustre file system software, an open-source parallel file system technology that supports the requirements of high performance computing resources. Simmons’ contributions to the Lustre code base spans over ten years, including contributing more than 250,000 lines of code.

“I can’t stand broken things,” Simmons said. “Being able to analyze and debug issues on our large-scale file systems is a unique opportunity, so it’s nice to be able to contribute that back to the community.”

Lisa Su

Dr. Lisa Su, president and chief executive officer of AMD, is the recipient of the 2020 Robert N. Noyce Award, named after Robert N. Noyce, co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel Corp. The Semiconductor Industry Association presents the award annually to a leader who has made notable contributions in technology or public policy within the semiconductor industry. Su will accept the award at the virtual SIA Leadership Forum and Award Celebration.

“It is a tremendous honor to receive the Noyce Award and join the distinguished list of previous recipients, many of whom I’m fortunate to count as mentors, role models, colleagues, and friends,” said Su. “I look forward to continuing to push the envelope of what we can accomplish in the semiconductor industry, which has become so instrumental to every aspect of our lives.”

Rebecca Weekly

Rebecca Weekly joined the Open Compute Project Foundation’s board of directors as a board member. Weekly succeeds Jason Wax, who served on the board of directors since 2011. She joins Andy Bechtolsheim, Jim Hawkins from Rackspace, Kushagra Vaid from Microsoft, Partha Ranganathan from Google, Rocky Bullock from OCP, and Chairman Mark Roenigk from Facebook.

Weekly is the senior principal engineer and senior director of Hyperscale Strategy and Execution at Intel Corp, where she manages a team and drives the development, production, and business strategy of the company’s hyperscale platforms.

Safroadu Yeboah-Amankwah

Intel tapped Safroadu Yeboah-Amankwah for the role of senior vice president and chief strategy officer. As SVP and CSO, Yeboah-Amankwah will lead the Global Strategy Office, including Intel Capital. He will also team up with the executive members of the company to create and drive growth growth-oriented strategies.

“It’s an exciting time for Intel and the semiconductor industry as computing becomes ever more pervasive and powerful,” Yeboah-Amankwah said. “There is no company better positioned to take advantage of this expanding opportunity, and I look forward to being part of the Intel team and working with Intel‘s customers to help chart a course for long-term growth and success.”

Zapata Computing Scientific Advisory Board

Zapata Computing established a Scientific Advisory Board to create a stronger community of scientists focusing on quantum computing. The founding members include Andrew Childs, Jens Eisert, Aram Harrow, Arthur Jaffe, Peter Love, Will Oliver, and James Whitfield. For additional information on each member, click here.

“Classical computer science was founded on decades of collaboration between universities, industry and various governmental institutions,” said Yudong Cao, CTO and co-founder, Zapata Computing. “This collaboration provided fertile ground for the computer industry to grow and advance. Quantum computing requires the same level of nurturing and support. Our goal for the Scientific Advisory Board is to develop the community connections that will allow this industry to flourish.”

2020 Computing Innovation Fellows

The Computing Research Association and its Computing Community Consortium launched the CIFellows 2020 program. The 2020 CIFellows class is comprised of 59 researchers. Fifty-two percent are women and involving 59 different universities. For a list of all the Fellows, click here.

The program aims to provide a career-enriching bridge experience for recent and soon-to-be computing PhD graduates to combat hiring disruptions due to COVID. The effort was modeled after the CRA/CCC’s NSF-funded Computing Innovation Fellows Programs with associates starting 2009, 2010, and 2011, which funded 127 fellows following the 2008 recession.

To read last month’s edition of Career Notes, click here.

Do you know someone that should be included in next month’s list? If so, send us an email at [email protected] We look forward to hearing from you.


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