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!
David Blyth, Nathan Kalyanasundharam, Suresh Ramalingam, Ben Sander, and Ralph Wittig
AMD appointed five technical leaders – David Blyth, Nathan Kalyanasundharam, Suresh Ramalingam, Ben Sander, and Ralph Wittig – to the role of AMD Corporate Fellow. These appointments recognize each leader’s significant impact on semiconductor innovation across various areas, from graphics architecture to advanced packaging. Click here to learn more about each AMD Corporate Fellow.
Kalina Borkiewicz, director of the Visualization Program Office and Advanced Visualization Lab at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, was named the SIGGRAPH 2023 Electronic Theater Director for the conference August 6-10 in Los Angeles.
“It’s a huge honor to serve in this position, which has historically been filled by computer graphics pioneers and leaders in the field. In the early days of computer graphics in the 1970s and 1980s, scientific visualization was a huge driver of CG techniques and technologies,” said Borkiewicz. “Over time, the field fractured into different application areas – ‘entertainment graphics’ and ‘education graphics’ being the focus of ACM SIGGRAPH and IEEE VIS, respectively. I see this as a false dichotomy. Science doesn’t have to just be for scientists. It can absolutely be beautiful, engaging and entertaining. I’m thrilled that in this role I have the opportunity to make visualization a core focus of SIGGRAPH once again.”
Scality, a leader in distributed file and object storage, appointed former HPE executive, Peter Brennan, as its chief revenue officer. Prior to HPE, Brennan led a worldwide specialist sales organization for VMware, focused on hyper-converged and hybrid-cloud solutions. He has also held channel and sales leadership positions at LeftHand Networks, Opsware, CommVault, and EMC.
“Scality’s technology has the enterprise-scale capabilities that stand above a crowded object storage market space,” said Brennan. “I’ve seen what goes on behind the scenes, and loyal customers trust Scality for guidance. In addition, our affordable mid-market ARTESCA solution has increased revenue opportunities for partners — bringing enterprise-class features within the reach of more customers. It’s a perfect mix for expansion, and I look forward to extending our partner-first approach to achieve Scality’s growth objectives.”
Lancium, an energy technology and infrastructure company, appointed Ali Fenn as its president. Most recently, Fenn served as president of ITRenew, which provided datacenter solutions and services to the global hyperscale, broader cloud service provider, and enterprise markets.
In addition, Scott McFarland joined Lancium as its chief revenue officer. McFarland joined Lancium from Dell Technologies. He will be responsible for the company’s sales function with a focus on growing revenue across new end markets.
Raja Koduri is departing Intel after five-and-a-half years to focus on a new software startup. He was recently serving as the company’s Chief Architect and had been previously leading the graphics division (AXG, which in December was integrated into the DCAI group). Prior to joining Intel, Koduri had key roles at Apple and AMD, where he led the Radeon Technologies Group.
Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger wished Koduri well, tweeting, “Thank you @RajaXg for your many contributions to Intel tech & architecture-especially w/high-performance graphics that helped bring 3 new product lines to market in ‘22. Wishing you success as you create a new software co. around generative AI for gaming, media & entertainment.”
Koduri responded, “Thank you Pat and @intel for many cherished memories and incredible learning over the past 5 years. Will be embarking on a new chapter in my life, doing a software startup as noted below. Will have more to share in coming weeks.”
Mike Kropp, Ben Rathsack, and Peter Cleveland
SEMI elected three new members to the SEMI North America Advisory Board: Mike Kropp, president and chief executive officer of PEER Group; Ben Rathsack, vice president of product and technology development at Tokyo Electron America, Inc.; and Peter Cleveland, senior vice president at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited.
“The SEMI North America Advisory Board warmly welcomes Mike, Ben and Peter,” said Joe Stockunas, president of SEMI Americas. “Each has extensive industry experience that supports the Board’s interests in diversifying member representation. Mike Kropp of factory automation software supplier PEER Group, a mid-sized Canada-based company, actively contributes to more than 30 SEMI programs. Based in Austin, Texas, home to TEL’s U.S. headquarters, Ben Rathsack has extensive product development experience and passionately supports SEMI’s efforts to attract students to our industry. Peter Cleveland of TSMC has significant experience in advocacy, a key component of SEMI’s efforts to support members.”
Sanjaya Lohani, a postdoctoral associate in Associate Professor Thomas A. Searles group, and a U.S Department of Energy Office of Science Co-design Center for Quantum Advantage (C2QA) fellow researcher, won the first Brookhaven postdoctoral C2QA seed award competition for quantum information applications.
Lohani was recognized for his work on ‘machine learning assisted variational quantum algorithms for near-term quantum information applications.’ Lohani and his team will receive 50,000 award prize money as part of C2QA’s Cross-Cutting Research Seed Funding.
Quantum Brilliance, a developer of room-temperature miniaturized quantum computing products and solutions, appointed Mark Luo as its chief executive officer. Luo is a co-founder of Quantum Brilliance and previously held the executive role of chief operating officer.
“I am proud of Quantum Brilliance’s significant growth and achievements over the past four years and am honored to see our approach to quantum computing validated through investments, top-tier partnerships and technological developments,” said Luo. “I hope to continue fostering the company’s unique take on quantum computing and expand our reach into untapped markets.”
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) named Bob Metcalfe as the recipient of the 2022 ACM A.M. Turing Award. Metcalfe was recognized for the invention, standardization, and commercialization of Ethernet.
Metcalfe is an Emeritus Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and a Research Affiliate in Computational Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
QuSecure, Inc. appointed former Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and National Security Agency executive Aaron Moore as its executive vice president and head of engineering. Moore will be responsible for leading QuSecure’s engineering and software development activities.
“It’s an honor to join QuSecure at such an exciting and critical time for the company and post-quantum cybersecurity,” said Moore. “The advent of quantum computing has brought our nation to an existential inflection point. If we fail to address the threat or harness the potential of this technology now, we risk nothing less than losing our way of life as we know it. I look forward to helping QuSecure exceed their aggressive goals during this critical time to ensure our nation’s quantum-resiliency readiness.”
Imec, a research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies, named James Morgan and Lip-Bu Tan as the recipients of this year’s Lifetime of Innovation Award. Morgan is the chairman emeritus of Applied Materials. Lip-Bu Tan is the executive chair of the board of Cadence Design Systems and the former chief executive officer of the company.
“This year, we honor Jim Morgan and Lip-Bu Tan with imec’s Lifetime of Innovation Award, celebrating their immense contributions to the chip industry,” says Luc Van den hove, CEO of imec. “Under their leadership, the equipment and design tools were built to pursue countless semiconductor breakthroughs and technological advancements. We are grateful for their tireless dedication and unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Congratulations to both Jim and Lip-Bu on this well-deserved recognition!”
Intel Corp. appointed Stuart Pann as senior vice president and general manager of Intel Foundry Services (IFS), Intel’s commercial foundry business. Pann will responsible for driving the continued growth of IFS and its differentiated systems foundry offering.
“Intel Foundry Services is a critical pillar of our IDM 2.0 strategy, and it’s been exciting to watch it grow from an idea to an operating business with a world-class IP portfolio and significant customers in less than two years,” Pann said. “I am committed to championing the interests of our foundry customers and to helping them take advantage of Intel’s leading-edge process technology and full stack of open systems foundry offerings so they can succeed in a world that demands ever more computing.”
CGG, a global technology and HPC leader, appointed Jérôme Serve as its group chief financial officer. Serve joined CGG from the Interiors division of Forvia/Faurecia, where he held the role of CFO.
Serve started his career in Research in the Petroleum Engineering department of Stanford University before joining TotalEnergies as a Reservoir Engineer in Abu Dhabi and the UK. He moved into Finance as part of the Oil & Gas Corporate Finance team of ABN Amro, and then joined the M&A and Financing team of Shell.
SandboxAQ appointed Teresa Shea as its senior advisor to the Global Public Sector team. Shea spent 32 years at the U.S. National Security Agency, where she rose to the position of Director of Signals Intelligence.
“As a senior advisor to SandboxAQ, I am passionate about dedicating my time and expertise to organizations that are securing our nation and our allies,” Shea said. “SandboxAQ’s technology is dual-use with applications for national defense as well as strengthening security in critical industries such as banking, telecom, and energy.”
Danielle Stephenson, Coby Davis, and Ned Adams
Three Sandia National Laboratories professionals received the 2023 Black Engineer of the Year Awards. Danielle Stephenson was lauded as a Senior Technology Fellow, Coby Davis as a Science Spectrum Trailblazer and Ned Adams as a Modern-Day Technology Leader. To learn more about each recipient, click here.
“Sandia Labs is proud of this year’s BEYA winners, not only for outstanding impact in their respective fields, but also their unwavering commitment to energizing underserved youth about the excitement and opportunities in STEM careers,” said Sandia Chief Diversity Officer Larry P. Thomas.
Balendra Sutharshan was appointed as the chief operating officer for Oak Ridge National Laboratory and as executive vice president of operations for UT-Battelle LLC, which operates ORNL for the Department of Energy.
“It’s an honor to be part of an organization that empowers leaders and teams to pursue breakthrough science and technology and has roots back to the Manhattan Project,” Sutharshan said. “I look forward to strengthening ORNL’s operations and facilities strategies and continuing to support the lab’s engagement with communities where we work and live.”
SUSE, a provider of innovative, open and secure infrastructure software solutions for multi-cloud environments, appointed Dirk-Peter van Leeuwen as its chief executive officer. van Leeuwen has spent almost two decades at Red Hat. Most recently, he served as Red Hat’s senior vice president and general manager of North America, and before that of APAC.
“I have admired the organization for many years and am now looking forward to working with the executive team and the entire organization to execute on the various opportunities the market offers and serve our customers and partners,” van Leeuwen said. “I know that SUSE’s people are some of the best in the industry and I am excited to see what we can achieve together.”
Sonya Walker, Mark Bazzacco, and Amanda Barnard
The Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre appointed Sonya Walker as an independent member of its board of directors. Walker brings more than 20 years of experience to Pawsey facilitating strong strategic growth in the information technology, banking, finance, public and private sectors.
In addition, Mark Bazzacco also joined Pawsey’s board of directors as an independent member. Bazzacco is the chief of research technology and operations of the Defence Science and Technology Group at the Australian Department of Defense.
Lastly, Professor Amanda Barnard joined Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre as a strategic advisor. Barnard is a Senior Professor, Deputy Director, and Computational Science Lead at the Australian National University, where she leads research at the interface of computational modeling, high performance supercomputing, and applied machine learning and artificial intelligence.
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