Women in HPC Unveils Revamped Mentoring Program to Empower HPC Professionals

February 9, 2024

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Feb. 9, 2024 — The WHPC Executive Committee, in collaboration with Jay Lofstead, WHPC’s Global Mentorship Advisor, is delighted to announce the relaunch of their Mentoring Program, aimed at fostering a global network for women seeking mentorship and support to maximize their potential as High-Performance Computing (HPC) professionals.

The WHPC Mentoring Program, now open for applications, will operate on a three times annually basis, with each cohort spanning a duration of four months. Throughout the program, both mentors and mentees will undergo training sessions to optimize the benefits of mentorship. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to engage in webinars focusing on key skills. While the primary components of the mentorship program will be conducted online, plans are underway to host in-person events, including meet-ups and gatherings at major conferences.

Key to the return of this program is the creation of the role of Global Mentorship Advisor, a volunteer position that the WHPC Executive Committee is pleased to see taken up by Jay Lofstead. Jay has over 20 years of experience working within mentorship and education programs in HPC specifically, lending his time and energy in several key roles including several positions within the SC Conference series – including leading the Students and Inclusivity programs at SC21 and SC22, respectively. Prior to shifting to the HPC field, Jay worked with people in the healthcare IT and industrial controls industries spending a total of 30 years helping others grow their careers and navigate life and work. Currently, Jay serves as a Principal Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories.

Jay expressed his enthusiasm about the refreshed Mentoring Program, stating, “I am deeply excited to be a part of the revitalized Mentoring Program. The dedicated volunteers, Chapters, and Affiliates of Women in HPC have worked tirelessly to cultivate a positive and supportive community. I am pleased to contribute to their work through my expertise and look forward to supporting the next generation of women leaders and scholars in HPC.”

The deadline for applications for the first cohort of 2024 is set for February 26th. The matching process is scheduled to complete by the end of February with a rolling onboarding period from March 1 to March 6. To discover more about the program and apply as a mentor or mentee, or ask any questions about the scheme, please visit the WHPC Mentoring Program webpage.

About Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC)

Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) is dedicated to promoting diversity and the career advancement of women and underrepresented groups in high-performance computing. WHPC provides a platform for networking, knowledge-sharing, and professional development to support all those in need in this rapidly evolving field.


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