HPC Career Notes: July 2022 Edition

By Mariana Iriarte

July 1, 2022

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!

Jim Basney and Sean Peisert 

Trusted CI, the National Science Foundation Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, appointed Jim Basney as its director. For the past three years, Basney has been at Trusted CI serving as its deputy director.

In addition, Sean Peisert was appointed to serve as deputy director of Trusted CI. Peisert is a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory senior scientist in the scientific data division. He joined Trusted CI in 2019.

David Bennett 

Tenstorrent appointed David Bennett as its chief customer officer. Prior to joining Tenstorrent, Bennett served as the president of Lenovo Japan. He also served as the chief executive officer of NEC Personal Computers, and as a global vice president at Lenovo.

“What excites me most about Tenstorrent is that its technology scales from a single chip to a thousand chips, and from low power all the way up to megawatt data centers. $1,000 cards to $1m high density racks are powered by a single software stack that supports inference and training and a wide range of models which is a game changer,” said Bennett.  “I’ve spoken with Ljubisa and Jim, and we intend to open source the compiler software stack so that our AI developer community can add functionality and also see the inner workings of the stack. We want developers to be able to solve their own problems rather than being blocked by opaque and proprietary solutions.”

Agnès Boudot 

CGG appointed Agnès Boudot to lead the newly created business unit named HPC & Cloud Solutions.  Boudot brings to CGG over 30 years of experience in IT, HPC, storage & media, and visualization. Before joining CGG, she led the global HPC, Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Business Line at Atos.

“The HPC and cloud solutions markets offer CGG significant and immediate business opportunities that capitalize on our well-established HPC and cloud computing strengths,” said Sophie Zurquiyah, CGG CEO. “I look forward to working with Agnès, whose industry leadership will support and accelerate the development of our technology and go-to-market activities in this promising area of growth for CGG.”

Jeff Broughton

Jeff Broughton, deputy of operations at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, retired after spending 13 years at NERSC. Broughton started at NERSC in 2009 as systems department head and was later promoted to the deputy for operations.

“I think what’s unique about it is you get really hard problems to solve, but then you get the resources to attack them,” Broughton said. “I don’t just mean resources in terms of funding, although that’s one part of it. But the intellectual resources across all the wide disciplines that are available to help bring to bear on a project I think is unmatched.”

Luis Chacon

Luis Chacon received the 2021 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award. Chacon, a research staff member at the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Applied Mathematics and Plasma Physics group, was recognized for his contributions in multiscale algorithms for fluid, kinetic and hybrid simulation of plasmas, enabling scientific breakthroughs in fast magnetic reconnection and self-organization in magnetic fusion systems, and in reactivity degradation in inertial fusion systems.

“This award is an incredible honor bestowed upon me and, beyond my specific research contributions, it reflects more broadly on the excellent opportunities and engaging research environment that the Laboratory offers to its early- and mid-career scientists,” said Chacon.

Ken Copeland and Albert Suarez

Green Revolution Cooling (GRC), a provider of single-phase immersion cooling for data centers solutions, appointed Ken Copeland as its vice president of NA business development, hyperscale market. Copeland will work closely with the business development teams directing GRC’s solutions that meet the unique needs of the large, high-performing hyperscale data center clients

GRC appointed Albert Suarez as its business development director of global telecommunications. Suarez brings to GRC two decades of experience in networking and telecom. Most recently he served as director, of global access strategy at NTT Global Networks, where he led global efforts for building relationships with enterprise customers.

Mark Day

Mark Day, a scientist at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, retires after building a 30-year career at the University of California system. During his tenure at NERSC, Day was part of the team that implemented Spin, a “container” system.

“Whether figuring out how to apply a new technology or attending a seminar to learn some of the science behind detecting dark matter, I was constantly challenged at NERSC,” Day said. “I think that’s going to be hard to replicate in retirement.”

Johannes Doerfert, Hanqi Guo, Andrew Hearin and Pietro Papa Lopes

Johannes Doerfert, Hanqi Guo, Andrew Hearin and Pietro Papa Lopes are among 83 scientists to receive the U.S. Department of Energy Early Career Research Awards for 2022. They will receive up to $500,000 per year for five years to advance their research.

“Supporting talented researchers early in their career is key to fostering scientific creativity and ingenuity within the national research community,”  said DOE Office of Science Director Asmeret Asefaw Berhe. “… Dedicating resources to these focused projects led by well-deserved investigators helps maintain and grow America’s scientific skill set for generations to come.”

Evelyn Golba 

CoolIT Systems appointed Evelyn Golba to the newly created role of vice president of people. Golba will be responsible for leading the company’s people management practices along with spearheading their diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives to further reinforce their strong employee culture.

“I am so excited to be joining CoolIT at such a pivotal point in the company’s journey,” expressed Golba, “The company is filled with great people, and I look forward to helping our team members reach their potential in any way I can.”

Phil Harris

Rockport Networks appointed Phil Harris as its chief executive officer. Prior to Rockport Networks, Harris was vice president and group manager with Intel Corp. responsible for its Data Center Systems and Solutions Group including full P&L responsibility as well as leadership across strategy, architecture, product management, marketing, systems development engineering, global supply chain and product support/customer success functions.

“We’re entering a new age of high-performance networking where the industrialization of HPC, the shifting sands of AI and demands of composable infrastructure are changing the way we approach our greatest compute, storage, and environmental challenges,” said Harris. “Our approach to tackling the fabric of the future is a complete gamechanger.”

Mathew Hein

AMD appointed Mathew Hein as its chief strategy officer and senior vice president of corporate development. Hein will be responsible for advancing the company’s strategy across an expanded market for high-performance and adaptive computing solutions and will work closely with the AMD executive team to accelerate the company’s next phase of growth.

Hein brings extensive experience in strategic planning and business development, technology investment banking and capital raising transactions for established and emerging growth companies in the semiconductor, high-performance computing and broader technology markets. He joins AMD from DBO Partners, where he served as lead advisor to AMD on a number of opportunities.

Mark Horowitz

The IEEE Computer Society (IEEE CS) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) have named Professor Mark Horowitz as the 2022 recipient of the ACM/IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award.  An IEEE and ACM Fellow, Horowitz is a professor with a joint appointment in the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University, and is being recognized “for contributions to microprocessor memory systems.”

The Eckert-Mauchly Award, established in 1979, comes with a $5,000 prize. The award was named for John Presper Eckert and John William Mauchly, who collaborated on the design and construction of the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, the pioneering large-scale electronic computing machine that was completed in 1947.

Kathryn Kelley 

The Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation named Kathryn Kelley as its executive director. Kelley will team up with the CASC executive committee and membership to help guide the organization in pursuing its vision of a robust, sustainable ecosystem supporting academic research computing and data services, enabled by a vibrant, diverse community of professionals.

“Throughout my career, I have been dedicated to guiding strategy-driven organizations toward meaningful change,” Kelley said. “I look forward to leveraging CASC’s expertise in cyberinfrastructure, research computing and data analytics to build diverse and inclusive partnerships that impact national priorities in economic competitiveness and security, as well as prepare the next-generation of research scientists.

Morgan Kelley and Noah Mandell

Morgan Kelley and Noah Mandell will share the 2022 Frederick A. Howes Scholar in Computational Science award. Mandell, a 2015-2019 fellow, completed his plasma physics Ph.D. at Princeton University in 2021. He’s now a DOE Fusion Energy Sciences postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The committee cited his “groundbreaking research which resulted in significant advances in plasma physics.”

Kelley, a 2017-2021 fellow, earned a process systems engineering Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2021 and now is a data scientist at Dell Technologies. “Morgan made definitive contributions to multiple long-standing challenges across the renewable energy landscape,” the Howes judges wrote.

James Larus

James Larus, a professor and former dean of the School of Computer and Communication Sciences at EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), was named Editor-in-Chief of Communications of the ACM.

“I am honored to have been selected as Editor-in-Chief of Communications of the ACM,” said Larus. “Our field has grown exponentially since I started reading the magazine as a student. But at the same time there has been more splintering, with people tending to share their work only with others in their specialization. Every few years, new sub-disciplines of computing develop, as evidenced by the expanding family of ACM journals, special interest groups, and emerging interest groups.”

Catherine Lefebvre

Pasqal appointed Catherine Lefebvre as its vice president of strategic business development in North America. Lefebvre will be based in the Boston office to help drive the company’s commercial and strategic partnership efforts and serve as the primary point of contact for U.S.-based clients and partners.

Prior to joining Pasqal, Lefebvre served in multiple roles, including as U.S. and Canada Innovation Ambassador for quantum technology company M Squared; advisor in quantum technologies at Quebec Ministry of Economy and Innovation; and as science liaison officer for Element AI (acquired by ServiceNow), a developer of AI solutions.

George Markomanolis 

High-perormance computer scientist George Markomanolis announced in a Twitter post he is joining AMD in a new role based in Grenoble. He joins AMD from CSC – IT Center for Science, where he served as lead HPC scientist. Before CSC, he served as HPC engineer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

“I was lucky enough to be part of amazing teams, and this continues as I am starting 1st July a new role with AMD based in Grenoble,” Markomanolis said. “I am so excited with the new upcoming challenges and the amazing opportunities to help scientists utilize efficiently the AMD GPUs among many other tasks. I am looking forward to meeting the AMD family and collaborating with many people.”

Arati Prabhakar

President Biden nominated Dr. Arati Prabhakar to serve as Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Once confirmed to this position, she will also serve as Assistant to the President for Science and Technology. Prabhakar will be the President’s Chief Advisor for Science and Technology, a co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and a member of the President’s Cabinet.

Prabhakar served as director of DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, from 2012 to 2017. Prabhakar was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to lead the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which she led from 1993 to 1997.

Sofia Quaglioni and Jennifer Pett-Ridge 

Jennifer Pett-Ridge and Sofia Quaglioni, two Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists, received the 2021 E.O. Lawrence Award. Pett-Ridge was recognized for her research in biological and environmental sciences for pioneering work in quantitative microbial ecology and leadership in developing and applying isotopic tools that help us discover and quantify how changing climate shapes the roles of microorganisms and plants in environmental biogeochemical cycles.

Quaglioni was cited for her work in nuclear physics, specifically for seminal contributions in unifying the theory of structure and reactions of light nuclei, providing predictive capability critical for understanding inertial fusion and nuclear astrophysics, as well as pioneering applications of quantum device simulations for nuclear dynamics.

Manish Raghavan

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) named Manish Raghavan as the recipient of the 2021 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award for his dissertation “The Societal Impacts of Algorithmic Decision-Making.” Raghavan’s dissertation makes significant contributions to the understanding of algorithmic decision making and its societal implications, including foundational results on issues of algorithmic bias and fairness.

Raghavan is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Center for Research on Computation and Society. His primary interests lie in the application of computational techniques to domains of social concern, including algorithmic fairness and behavioral economics, with a particular focus on the use of algorithmic tools in the hiring pipeline.

Nathalie Sénéchault 

Atos promoteod Nathalie Sénéchault to the role of chief financial officer. Sénéchault brings over twenty years of experience in finance to Atos. She joined Atos almost seven years ago, where she has been serving most recently as deputy chief financial officer.

“[Sénéchault] is a highly experienced executive with extensive experience in corporate finance, “ said Rodolphe Belmer, Chief Executive Officer of Atos. “As Atos embarks on a transformation journey and intends to open the next chapter in its history, I know that we can capitalize on her in-depth knowledge of the company and the business to make this turnaround plan a success.”

Bob Sutor

ColdQuanta appointed Dr. Bob Sutor as its vice president of corporate development. Sutor most recently served as a member of the IBM Quantum leadership team and was previously VP for mathematical sciences at IBM Research.

“Taking this next step with ColdQuanta presents the opportunity to continue my journey in quantum with one of the industry’s most promising companies,” Sutor said.“The extraordinary technical and business team at ColdQuanta have set the company on an impressive growth trajectory. ‘Quantum’ is much more than quantum computers in data centers, and ColdQuanta’s expertise in cold atom quantum technology will yield commercial products in computing as well as sensors, including atomic clocks, positioning systems, and finely tuned RF receivers.”

Ray Tuminaro

Sandia computational scientist and applied mathematician Ray Tuminaro has been named a 2022 fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics for “contributions in iterative linear-solver algorithms and software that address scientific computing applications on large-scale parallel systems.”

“I’ve been extremely fortunate to work with topnotch research collaborators during my career, and I’m grateful for it,” Tuminaro said. “I appreciate the vibrant research atmosphere that exists within my center and the warm community of talented colleagues.” He praised “opportunities to work on engaging technical challenges, interesting seminars and visitors and a highly adept and flexible leadership team.”

Brent Waters

NTT Research, Inc., a division of NTT, appointed Dr. Brent Waters as its director of the company’s cryptography and information security lab. Waters joined NTT Research in 2019 as a distinguished scientist.

“With increased in-office interaction and a simpler organizational structure, I expect to see organic growth in projects with two or three lab members involved, especially in some of our areas of focus, such as advanced encryption systems, quantum cryptography, and multi-party computation,” Waters said. “It has been a privilege helping to build out the CIS Lab to its current position, and I look forward to seeing our team make continued contributions to many areas of cryptographic research.”

Cher Wang Hsiueh Hong and Xue Lan.

Lenovo Group appointed Cher Wang Hsiueh Hong and Xue Lan as independent non-executive directors of the company. Wang is the co-founder and chairwoman of HTC Corporation and has established a number of other successful Information Technology related businesses over her 40 years in the IT industry, including the establishment of VIA Technologies Inc.

Lan is currently a professor at Tsinghua University, where he teaches and has research interests in Public Policy and Management, Science and Technology Policy, Crisis Management and Global Governance at Tsinghua University.  He is the Dean of Schwarzman College and the Dean of the Institute for AI International Governance of Tsinghua University.

Computing Community Consortium Council Members 

The Computing Research Association, in consultation with the National Science Foundation, appointed Randal Burns, Johns Hopkins University; David Jensen, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Rada Mihalcea, University of Michigan; Raj Rajaraman, Northeastern University; Matthew Turk, Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago; and Pam Wisniewski, University of Central Florida to the Computing Community Consortium Council.

Beginning July 1, the new members will each serve three-year terms. The CCC Council is comprised of 20 members who have expertise in diverse areas of computing. They are instrumental in leading CCC’s visioning programs, which help catalyze and enable ideas for future computing research.

2021 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award Winners

U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm announced ten U.S. scientists and engineers as recipients of the prestigious Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award for their exceptional contributions to research and development supporting the Energy Department’s missions in science, energy, and national security.

Established in 1959, the Lawrence Award recognizes mid-career U.S. scientists and engineers who have advanced new research and scientific discovery in nine categories representing the broad science and engineering missions of DOE and its programs. For more information on all the winners, click here.

2022-2023 ACM SIGHPC Officers 

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) officials released the 2022 ACM SIGHPC election results for the 2022-2023 term. Christine Harvey from the MITRE Corporation will serve as chair.  Michela Taufer from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville will serve as vice-chair. Christine E. Cuicchi from the Navy DoD Supercomputing Resource Center will serve as treasurer. Lastly, at-large members are Torsten Hoefler from ETH Zurich and Bernd Mohr from Jülich Supercomputing Centre and Research Centre Jülich.

SIGHPC is an international group within a major professional society that is devoted exclusively to the needs of students, faculty, researchers, and practitioners in high performance computing. SIGHPC’s mission is to help spread the use of HPC, help raise the standards of the profession, and help ensure a rich and rewarding career for people involved in the field.

2022-2023 Frontera Computational Science Fellowship Winners

TACC has announced the Frontera Computational Science Fellowship awardees for 2022-2023. The program provides a year-long opportunity for talented graduate students to compute on the most powerful academic supercomputer in the world and collaborate with experts at TACC. For more on each winner, click here.

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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