2022 Readers’ & Editors’ Choice Awards – Outstanding Leadership in HPC

Outstanding Leadership in HPC

Readers’ Choice Awards


Dan Stanzione is the Executive Director of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) and the Associate Vice President for Research at the University of Texas at Austin. As the leader of a world-class academic supercomputing center, Stanzione has led with integrity, an unequaled analytical mind, and a clear vision of where HPC and computational science are heading. TACC operates one of the world’s largest academic supercomputers, Frontera, which serves 5,000 users at 519 institutions representing every state in the country. TACC is also planning a future system, Horizon, for the forthcoming Leadership-Class Computing Facility.


John Towns (UIUC/NCSA) is the Principal Investigator of the National Science Foundation’s XSEDE program, which just concluded its successful 11-year operations. From 2010 to 2022, Towns oversaw a successful enterprise that not only enabled countless scientific discoveries across an array of domains but also developed workforces and created inclusive communities, including those that have been historically underserved; Towns’ dedication and leadership resulted in him and XSEDE being tapped by the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House to manage the scientific review process for the COVID-19 HPC Consortium, allowing researchers to explore antibody treatments, vaccines, RNA virus treatment, identification techniques, how the virus travels and more.

Editors’ Choice Awards


Barbara “Barb” Helland is the Associate Director of the Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and she also leads the Department’s Exascale Computing Initiative. Under her leadership, the DOE stood up the United States’ first exascale supercomputer, Frontier, in May 2022. Helland previously served as director of ASCR’s Facilities Division, and program manager for ASCR’s Argonne and Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facilities and the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center.


Susan K. Gregurick is Associate Director for Data Science and Director of the Office of Data Science Strategy (ODSS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Under her leadership, ODSS leads the implementation of the NIH Strategic Plan for Data Science through scientific, technical, and operational collaboration with the institutes, centers, and offices that comprise NIH. Among other notable accomplishments, Dr. Gregurick was instrumental in guiding NIH in its data strategy during the global collection and analysis of COVID-19 data throughout the pandemic, including the utilization of multiple HPC resources (both on-prem and cloud). Dr. Gregurick received the 2020 Leadership in Biological Sciences Award from the Washington Academy of Sciences for her work in this role.

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