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  • 2013

    Aydin Buluç Receives DOE Early Career Award
    Aydin Buluç of Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division (CRD) has been honored with a 2013 Department of Energy (DOE) Early Career Award for his work on energy-efficient parallel graph and data mining algorithms. Read more.

    James Sethian Elected to National Academy of Sciences
    James Sethian, leader of the Mathematics Group in the Computational Research Division, was one of 84 new members elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Read more.

    Kathy Yelick, 2013-2014 Athena Lecturer
    ACM Council on Women in Computing named Katherine Yelick as the 2013-2014 Athena Lecturer for improving fundamental understanding and practice of parallel programming, which uses multiple processing elements simultaneously to solve a problem. Read more.

    Peter Nugent, NERSC Award for Innovative Use of High Performance Computing
    Peter Nugent of CRD's Computational Cosmology Center and NERSC's Visualization Group received NERSC Award for Innovative Use of HPC for his work with the Palomar Transient Factory (PTF) pipeline. Read more.

    Leonid Oliker, IEEE Computer Society's Golden Core award
    Lenny Oliker of CRD's Future Technologies Group received the IEEE Computer Society's Golden Core Award, which recognizes individuals for longstanding service to the society.

    ESnet is InformationWeek's Top 10 Government IT Innovators
    For the second time in four years, ESnet has been named one of the year's top government IT innovators by InformationWeek Government magazine. The magazine announced its top 15 innovators in government IT, with ESnet cited for its new 100 gigabit-per-second nationwide network funded as the Advanced Networking Initiative and launched into full production in November 2012. Read more


    2012

    Kathy Yelick, ACM Fellow
    Kathy Yelick, Associate Laboratory Director for Computing Sciences, was named a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Yelick was recognized "for contributions to parallel languages that improve programmer productivity." Read more.

    E. Wes Bethel, ACM Distinguished Scientist
    Wes Bethel, leader of the Visualization Group in the Computational Research Division, was named an ACM Distinguished Scientist by the Association for Computing Machinery.

    Sean Peisert, IEEE Senior Member
    Sean Peisert of CRD's Complex Systems Group and UC Davis has been named an IEEE Senior Member, which requires at least 10 years of professional practice and significant performance over at least five of those years.

    Hank Childs, DOE Early Career Award
    Hank Childs of the Computational Research Division's Visualization Group has been honored with a 2012 Department of Energy's Early Career Award for "Data Exploration at the Exascale." Read More.

    John Bell Elected to the National Academy of Sciences
    John Bell, an applied mathematician and computational scientist who leads the Center for Computational Sciences and Engineering and the Mathematics and Computational Science Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Read More.

    James Sethian and Robert Saye, 2011 Cozzarelli Prize
    James Sethian and Robert Saye, mathematicians who both hold joint appointments at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (and the University of California (UC) Berkeley, won the 2011 Cozzarelli Prize for the best scientific paper in the category of Engineering and Applied Sciences for "The Voronoi Implicit Interface Method for computing multiphase physics." The Cozzarelli Prize is sponsored by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

    2011

    ESnet Receives University of California Larry L. Sautter Award
    The University of California Information Technology Leadership Council selected ESnet's On-Demand Secure Circuits and Reservation System (OSCARS) honorable mention in the 2011 Larry L. Sautter Award Program. The Sautter Award was established in 2000 to encourage and recognize innovative deployment of information technology in support of the University's mission.

    Berkeley's Vern Paxson Honored for Lifetime Contributions to Internet Measurement, Security
    Vern Paxson, who holds joint appointments at UC Berkeley, the International Computer Science Institute and Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division, has been named recipient of this year's ACM SIGCOMM Award "for his seminal contributions to the fields of Internet measurement and Internet security, and for distinguished leadership and service to the Internet community."

    Advanced Trading Magazine's "Top 10 Innovators of the Decade"
    David Leinweber, co-founder of the Center for Innovative Financial Technology (CIFT) in the Computational Research Division, was named by Advanced Trading magazine as one of its "Top 10 Innovators of the Decade" for his work in developing a service that allows trading strategies to react to news the instant it breaks, managing what the magazine describes as "a fire hose of aggregated updates."

    National Academy of Sciences
    James W. Demmel, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who has a joint appointment in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Computational Research Division, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). The software and standards Demmel developed over the last two decades enable users to transition their computer programs to new high-performance computers without having to re-implement the basic building blocks. The software is used by hundreds of sites worldwide, including all U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories, NASA research laboratories, many universities, and companies in the aerospace, automotive, chemical, computer, environmental, medical, oil, and pharmaceutical industries.

    INCITS Merit Award
    Bruce Bargmeyer, leader of the Advanced Computing for Science Department's Metadata, Semantics, and Ecoinformatics Group, was recognized with the InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) Merit Award for 2011. Bargmeyer was cited for"“your more than 15 years of participation and contributions to INCITS/DM32.8 Technical Committee and ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC32. Your leadership and broad knowledge of important issues and dedicated efforts are what lead to the successful development and advancement of standards."

    Sloan Research Fellows
    Per-Olof Persson of the Computational Research Division's (CRD) Mathematics Group and Koushik Sen of CRD's Future Technologies Group, were awarded the prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship, given annually by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to scientists, mathematicians and economists who are at an early stage of their research careers. In 2010, Persson was only one of 38 researchers nationally who submitted a winning research proposal to the Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program Sen who is also an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley, received a National Science Foundation Career Award in 2008 and the C.L. and Jane W-S. Liu Award in 2004 for exceptional research promise.

    2010

    American Physical Society Fellow
    Niels Gronbech-Jensen, a faculty scientist in Computational Research Divion's Scientific Computing Group and a professor in the Applied Science Department at UC Davis, has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society, nominated by the Computational Physics Division. He was cited "for his development and application of new computational algorithms and tools in Biological and Condensed Matter Physics, especially those involving massively parallel molecular dynamics, electrostatic interactions, ion implantation, and nonlinear physics."

    ACM Distinguished Scientist
    Kesheng John Wu of the Scientific Data Management Research Group in the Computational Research Divisionwas one of 41 ACM (the Association for Computing Machinery) members named as 2010 Distinguished Scientists. The Distinguished Scientist award recognizes ACM members who have at least 15 years of professional experience and who have achieved significant accomplishments or have made a significant impact on the computing field.

    IEEE Sidney Fernbach Award
    James Demmel, a member of LBNL's Future Technologies Group and a professor of Computer Science and Mathematics at UC Berkeley is the recipient of the 2010 IEEE Sidney Fernbach Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions in the application of high performance computing using innovative approaches. Demmel was cited "for computational science leadership for creating adaptive, innovative high performance linear algebra software." Read more.

    ICIAM Lagrange Prize
    Berkeley Lab's Alexandre Chorin won the 2011 Lagrange Prize from the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) for his groundbreaking work in applied math. A member of the Berkeley Lab Mathematics Group and professor of Mathematics at UC Berkeley, Chorin was honored for "his fundamental and original contributions to applied mathematics, fluid mechanics, statistical mechanics, and turbulence modeling." The Lagrange Prize provides international recognition to mathematicians who have made an exceptional contribution to applied mathematics throughout their career. Read more.

    ICIAM Pioneer Prize
    James Sethian, leader of CRD's Math Group, won the 2011 Pioneer Prize from the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM). Sethian, who is also a professor of mathematics at UC Berkeley, was honored "for his fundamental methods and algorithms that have had a large impact in imaging and shape recovery in medicine, geophysics and tomography, and drop dynamics in inkjets." The Pioneer Prize recognizes pioneering work introducing applied mathematical methods and scientific computing techniques to an industrial problem area or a new scientific field. Read more.

    U.S. Air Force Young Investigator Research Program
    Per-Olof Persson of CRD's Math Group was one of 38 researchers who submitted winning research proposals through the Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program (YIP). Persson, who is also an assistant professor in mathematics at UC Berkeley, will work on efficient and robust high-order methods for fluid and solid mechanics. Read more about his research. Read more about his research.

    NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER)
    Jon Wilkening of CRD's Math Group received a five-year NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) to conduct research in optimization and continuation methods in fluid mechanics. Wilkening is also an assistant professor in mathematics at UC Berkeley. Read more about his award. Read more about this award.

    NASA Group Public Service Achievement Award
    Julian Borrill, Christopher Cantalupo and Theodore Kisner of the Computational Cosmology Center (C3) were honored with a NASA Public Service Group Award for developing the supercomputing infrastructure for the U.S. Planck Team's data and analysis operations at the Department of Energy's National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC). Read more.

    SIAM Junior Scientist Prize
    Kamesh Madduri, an Alvarez Fellow working in the Scientific Data Management Research Group, was selected as the first winner of the Junior Scientist Prize established by the SIAM Activity Group on Supercomputing (SIAG/SC). Read more.

    2009

    Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
    Cecilia Aragon, a staff scientist in the Computational Research Division, was honored with a 2009 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the U.S. government's most prestigious award for early-career scientists. Read more.

    AAAS Fellow
    Juan C. Meza, Head of the High Performance Computing Research Department in the Computational Research Division, was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science “for exemplary service to the federal energy laboratories and professional societies in enhancing research and research participation.” Read more.

    SIAM Fellows
    John Bell, Alexandre Chorin, Phillip Colella, James Demmel and James Sethian of the Computational Research Division were among the first group of Fellows announced May 1, 2009 by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). The Fellows program was announced by SIAM in 2008 in part “to honor SIAM members who are recognized by their peers as distinguished for their contributions to the discipline.” Read more.

    ACM Gordon Bell Prize
    A team of researchers from the IBM Almaden Research Center and Horst Simon of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory won the prestigious 2009 ACM Gordon Bell Prize in the special category for their development of innovative techniques that produce new levels of performance on a real application. Read more.

    InformationWeek’s Top 10 Government IT Innovators
    ESnet, the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Sciences Network, a high-speed network linking tens of thousands of researchers around the nation, was honored as one of Top 10 Government IT Innovators by InformationWeek. Read more.

    Excellence.Gov Award
    ESnet was honored with a 2009 Excellence.Gov award for its achievements in leveraging technology. Read more.

    Hispanic Business Magazine's 2009 Women of Vision
    Cecilia Aragon, a staff scientist in the Computational Research Division, was honored by Hispanic Business magazine as one of 25 Women of Vision in 2009. Aragon is a founding member of Latinas in Computing and active in diversity and outreach programs at the Lab. Read more.

    Hispanic Business Magazine's "100 Influentials"
    Juan Meza, head of the High Performance Computing Research Department in Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division, has been named to Hispanic Business magazine's annual list of 100 influential Hispanics. Read more.

    2008

    National Academy of Engineering
    James Sethian, head of the Mathematics Group in the Computational Research Division and a professor of mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering “for the development of efficient methods of tracking moving interfaces.” Read more.

    ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award
    Vern Paxson, a network researcher in the Computational Research Division, was awarded the Association for Computing Machinery’s Grace Murray Hopper Award for his work in measuring and characterizing the Internet. Read more.

    ACM Gordon Bell Prize
    Berkeley Lab’s Lin-Wang Wang, Byounghak Lee, Hongzhang Shan, Zhengji Zhao, Juan Meza, Erich Strohmaier and David Bailey won a 2008 ACM Gordon Bell Prize for special achievement in high performance computing for their research into the energy harnessing potential of nanostructures. Read more.

    R&D 100 Award
    Kesheng “John” Wu, Arie Shoshani, Ekow Otoo of the Computational Research Division and Kurt Stockinger (now at Credit Suisse in Zürich) were awarded one of the 2008 R&D 100 Awards for developing the FastBit indexing technology. FastBit is an indexing technology that allows users to search massive datasets up to 40 times faster than the best commercially available tools. Read more.

    Blackwell-Tapia Prize
    Juan C. Meza, Head of the High Performance Computing Research Department in the Computational Research Division, has been named recipient of the 2008 Blackwell-Tapia Prize, which recognizes a mathematical scientist who has contributed and continues to contribute significantly to research in his or her field of expertise, and who has served as a role model for mathematical scientists and students from underrepresented minority groups. Read more.

    SACNAS Distinguished Scientist Award
    Juan C. Meza, Head of the High Performance Computing Research Department in the Computational Research Division, has been named recipient of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Distinguished Scientist Award. The SACNAS Distinguished Awards recognize scientific achievement, teaching, and mentorship of underrepresented minority students. Read more.

    2007

    Gruber Prize in Cosmology
    Peter Nugent of the Computational Cosmology Center was a member of the Supernova Cosmology Project, one of the two international teams that discovered the accelerating expansion of the universe. Read more.

    AIAA Space Processing Award
    Paul Concus of the Computational Research Division was the recipient of the 2007 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Space Processing Award “for outstanding fundamental contributions to the understanding of gravitational effects on liquid/vapor interface behavior.” Read more.

    2006

    American Physical Society Fellow
    Lin-Wang Wang of the Computational Research Division was elected as a fellow of American Physical Society “for his contributions in computational nanoscience, especially for the development of new computational algorithms in electronic structure calculations of large nanostructures.”

    ACM Test of Time Award
    Vern Paxson, a researcher in CRD’s Distributed Systems Department, was presented with the inaugural Test of Time Award by the Special Interest Group on Data Communications (SIGCOMM) of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). The award highlights decade-old research that remains relevant and insightful today. Paxson won for his 1996 paper showing a new way to measure Internet performance, a task that was becoming difficult to accomplish for scientists. Read more.

    HPCwire “People to Watch”
    Kathy Yelick, then head of the Future Technologies Group and associate professor of computer science at UC Berkeley, was named one of 16 “People to Watch in 2006” by the newsletter HPCwire. The editors noted that “Her multi-faceted research goal is to develop techniques for obtaining high performance on a wide range of computational platforms, all while easing the programming effort required to achieve high performance.” Read more.

    2005

    National Academy of Engineering
    David Culler, who holds a joint appointment as a member of the Future Technologies Group in CRD and a professor of computer science at UC Berkeley, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for his contributions to scalable parallel processing systems, including architectures, operating systems and programming environments.

    American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Timoshenko Medal
    Grigory Isaakovich Barenblatt of the Computational Research Division was awarded the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Timoshenko Medal “for seminal contributions to nearly every area of solid and fluid mechanics, including fracture mechanics, turbulence, stratified flows, flames, flow in porous media, and the theory and application of intermediate asymptotics.” Read more.

    IEEE Sidney Fernbach Award
    John Bell, head of the Center for Computational Sciences and Engineering in the Computational Research Division, was named recipient of the 2005 Sidney Fernbach Award “for outstanding contributions to the development of numerical algorithms, mathematical and computational tools and on the application of those methods to conduct leading-edge scientific investigations in combustion, fluid dynamics and condensed matter.” Read more.

    HPCwire “People to Watch”
    NERSC General Manager Bill Kramer was named one of 15 “People to Watch” in the annual list issued by HPCwire newsletter. Read more.

    2004

    National Academy of Sciences
    Phillip Colella, an applied mathematician and computational scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Read more.

    AMS/SIAM Norbert Wiener Prize
    James Sethian, head of the Mathematics Group and a professor of mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley, was awarded the Norbert Wiener Prize in Applied Mathematics by the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). Read more.

    Overseas Outstanding Young Researcher Award (National Natural Science Foundation of China)
    Lin-Wang Wang, a staff scientist in the Computational Research Division, received an Overseas Outstanding Young Researcher Award from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), China’s equivalent of the U.S. National Science Foundation. These awards recognize the recipients’ academic achievements in their fields and encourage collaborations with Chinese universities and research institutes.

    Charlene Douglass Memorial Award (DOE)
    Dwayne Ramsey, the Information Technology and Services Division’s liaison to DOE and UC and the Lab’s acting Computer Protection Program manager, was one of two recipients of the 2004 Charlene Douglass Memorial Award. The award recognizes people who have “significantly contributed to information security activities within the DOE complex.”

    NetworkWorldFusion’s 50 Most Powerful People in Networking
    Michael Bennett, a senior network engineer in ITSD’s Networking and Telecommunications Department, has been named as one of the “50 most powerful people in networking” by NetworkWorldFusion, a Web-based magazine. Read more.

    2003

    SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering
    John Bell and Phillip Colella were co-recipients of the 2003 SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering, awarded by SIAM and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for “outstanding contributions to the development and use of mathematical and computational tools and methods for the solution of science and engineering problems.” Read more.

    2002

    University Professor, University of California
    Alexandre Chorin, a founding member of Berkeley Lab’s Mathematics Department and a professor of Mathematics at UC Berkeley, has been honored with the title of University Professor by the Regents of the University of California. Read more.

    R&D100 Award
    Berkeley Lab’s Remote Access Grid Explorer (RAGE), a remote-controlled robot providing two-way interaction via the global Access Grid, has been named a winner of the 2002 R&D100 Award presented by R&D Magazine. RAGE was developed by John Shalf, Zach Radding, Deb Agarwal, Keith Jackson, Marcia Perry, Martin Stoufer, Joshua Boverhof, Dan Gunter and Clayton Bagwell, all of Computing Sciences; and Eve Edelson of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division. Read more.

    2001

    IEEE Fellow
    James Demmel, a professor of computer science and mathematics at UC Berkeley who has a joint appointment to NERSC’s Future Technologies Group, has been elected as a Fellow of IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

    2000

    AMS/SIAM Norbert Wiener Prize
    Alexandre Chorin of the Computational Research Division and a professor of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley was honored by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the American Mathematical Society (AMS) with the 2000 Norbert Wiener Prize “in recognition of his seminal work in computational fluid dynamics, statistical mechanics, and turbulence. His work has stimulated important developments across the entire spectrum from practical engineering applications to convergence proofs for numerical methods....”

    Royal Society of London Foreign Member
    Grigory Isaakovich Barenblatt, who holds a joint position in the Computing Sciences Mathematics Department and as professor in residence in mathematics at UC Berkeley, has been elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society of London. The Royal Society is the independent scientific academy of the United Kingdom dedicated to promoting excellence in science.

    Computing in Science and Engineering Magazine’s “Algorithms of the Century”
    The PSLQ algorithm, which was defined in a paper co-authored by Computational Research Division Chief Technologist David Bailey with Helaman Ferguson and Stephen Arno, was named one of the 10 “Algorithms of the Century” by the editors of Computing in Science and Engineering magazine.

    ComputerWorld Smithsonian Laureate
    A team of DOE-funded scientists, including NERSC’s Andrew Canning, who developed a computer code to provide a better microscopic understanding of metallic magnetism, have been nominated for a ComputerWorld/Smithsonian Institution Award. The team’s effort was cited as being the first scientific application to run on a supercomputer at a speed of more than one trillion calculations per second (1 teraflop/s). In addition to receiving a medal in recognition of their achievement, the group’s work on the project was accepted as part of the Smithsonian’s permanent collection.

    Upside Magazine’s Top 25 Women of the Web
    CRD’s Deb Agarwal was honored as one of the Top 25 Women of the Web in the May 2000 cover story of Upside magazine. Deb received the award for her work to provide reliable multicast communication for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty monitoring system, work which faced both technical challenges and political challenges.

    1999

    National Academy of Engineering Member
    James Demmel, a professor of computer science and mathematics at UC Berkeley who has a joint appointment to NERSC’s Future Technologies Group, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering for “contributions to numerical linear algebra and scientific computing.”

    Association for Computing Machinery Fellow
    James Demmel, a professor of computer science and mathematics at UC Berkeley who has a joint appointment to NERSC’s Future Technologies Group, was elected a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

    G. I. Taylor Medal
    Grigory Isaakovich Barenblatt, a member of Computing Sciences’ Mathematics Department and a professor in residence in mathematics at UC Berkeley, was awarded the 1999 G. I. Taylor Medal by the U.S. Society of Engineering Science “for outstanding research contributions in either Theoretical or Experimental Fluid Mechanics or both.”

    DOE Information Technology Executive Leadership Award
    Carl Eben, head of the Lab’s Information Systems and Services Department, was named recipient of the FY99 Information Technology Executive Leadership Award by John Gilligan, chief information officer for DOE. Carl was recognized for his leadership of the Lab-wide effort to upgrade, standardize and make universally accessible a comprehensive range of administrative information applications.

    Carl Benz Award for Best Industrial Application (DaimlerChrysler)
    James Demmel, a professor of computer science and mathematics at UC Berkeley who has a joint appointment to NERSC’s Future Technologies Group, and R. L. Taylor were honored with a special prize for the best industrial application (Carl Benz Award) presented at the SuParCup 1999 competition in Mannheim, Germany. The award, sponsored by DaimlerChrysler, recognized the paper “Parallel Unstructured Multigrid Finite Element Solvers.”

    J. C. Maxwell Medal and Prize
    Grigory Isaakovich Barenblatt, a member of Computing Sciences’ Mathematics Department and a professor in residence in mathematics at UC Berkeley, was named the first-ever recipient of the Maxwell Prize, a new international prize in applied mathematics awarded by the International Congress for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

    1998

    IEEE Sidney Fernbach Award
    Phillip Colella, leader of the Applied Numerical Algorithms Group at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), was named recipient of the 1998 Sidney Fernbach Award “for fundamental contributions in the development of software methodologies used to solve numerical partial differential equations, and their application to substantially expand our understanding of shock physics and other fluid dynamics problems.” Read more.

    Gordon Bell Prize
    Andrew Canning, a member of NERSC’s Scientific Computing Group, and collaborating scientists at Oak Ridge National Lab, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and University of Bristol (UK) were named winners of the 1998 Gordon Bell Prize for the best achievement in high-performance computing.