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First Krell Institute Corones Award Goes to NERSC's Hartman-Baker

July 10, 2019

Rebecca Hartman-Baker, who leads the User Engagement Group at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is the inaugural recipient of the Krell Institute’s James Corones Award in Leadership, Community Building, and Communication.

A selection committee representing the DOE national laboratories, academia, and Krell cited Hartman-Baker’s “broad impact on high-performance computing (HPC) training; her hands-on approach to building a diverse and inclusive HPC user community, particularly among students and early-career computational scientists; and her mastery in communicating the excitement and potential of computational science.”

The award honors the late founder of the Krell Institute, a nonprofit organization based in Ames, Iowa, that serves the scientific and educational communities. In making the announcement, Krell Institute President Shelly Olsan noted that Hartman-Baker’s “professional work clearly illustrates her commitment to HPC, education, and outreach. She is a proven leader in her field with exceptional accomplishments in the areas represented by this recognition. We couldn’t imagine a more deserving winner of the first Corones award.”

NERSC colleague Jack Deslippe, who nominated Hartman-Baker for the award, called her the facility’s “training czar. Over her tenure at NERSC, she has revitalized our new-user training, HPC technology training, (and) tools training – including the development of a hands-on training series and hackathons.” She has also led NERSC’s efforts around diversity and inclusion and created and hosts a popular weekly podcast about supercomputing at NERSC.

Before joining NERSC in 2015, Hartman-Baker worked at iVEC, an Australian HPC facility, where she trained users, coached teams at the annual Supercomputing meeting’s Student Cluster Competition, and helped select the architecture for the petascale machine at the Pawsey Supercomputing, Centre. She began her career at Oak Ridge National Laboratory after earning a doctorate in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Hartman-Baker will formally receive the engraved award and a $2,000 honorarium at a ceremony to be held later this year.

Read the original Krell Institute press release here.

About NERSC and Berkeley Lab
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, NERSC 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.