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NERSC Users Pruess and Ramesh elected to National Academy of Engineering

February 9, 2011


Ramamoorthy Ramesh (left) and Karsten Pruess (right) were recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Among the 68 new members and nine foreign associates elected to the National Academy of Engineering, announced yesterday in Washington, are Karsten Pruess of Berkeley Lab’s Earth Sciences Division (ESD) and Ramamoorthy Ramesh of the Materials Sciences Division (MSD). Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. The announcement cites Pruess for “advances in modeling…of subsurface heat and mass transport processes.” Pruess is a leader of ESD’s Hydrogeology Department and renowned for developing the TOUGH family of codes, used by over 300 organizations in 30 countries for modeling subsurface flow and other complex geological problems. In a recent collaboration with Berkeley Labs CSEE, Pruess helped run the first ever 3D simulations of the dissolution of CO2 in brine in geologic carbon sequestration projects. The simulations were run on NERSC's Franklin Cray XT4 supercomputer. MSD’s Ramesh is cited for “contributions to the science and technology of functional complex oxide materials.” Ramesh, who is also a professor of materials science and engineering at UC Berkeley, is particularly well known for his work with thin films and multiferroics, materials that can exhibit multiple electronic and magnetic properties. He is a long-time NERSC investigator.

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The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility that serves as the primary high-performance computing center for scientific research sponsored by the Office of Science. Located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the NERSC Center serves almost 10,000 scientists at national laboratories and universities researching a wide range of problems in climate, fusion energy, materials science, physics, chemistry, computational biology, and other disciplines. Berkeley Lab is a DOE national laboratory located in Berkeley, California. It conducts unclassified scientific research and is managed by the University of California for the U.S. Department of Energy. »Learn more about computing sciences at Berkeley Lab.