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Organizing Committee

Organizing Committee

We are delighted to have the help of a distinguished volunteer committee of leaders in the community who help organize, recruit, and advise Sustainable Horizons Institute’s programs.

Pooja Rao

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Aerospace Engineering department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. My research is focused on numerical heat transfer modeling in the thermal protection system materials during atmospheric reentry of the spacecraft. In the past, I have worked on developing high fidelity numerical algorithms for studying turbulent mixing in hydrodynamic… Continue reading

Elizabeth Bautista

Elizabeth Bautista is Group Lead for the Operations Technology Group, the team that ensures the management and operation of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), the primary computation facility for the Department of Energy Office of Science. The group ensures the continuous resource availability to users and is the central location for monitoring,… Continue reading

Silvia Crivelli

Silvia Crivelli is a computational biologist who has been working on protein folding for 17 years. She has led various teams of students and post-doctoral researchers to compete in CASP (Critical Assessment of techniques for protein Structure Prediction) which is a community-wide, worldwide, multidisciplinary competition that challenges the best labs to submit blind predictions of… Continue reading

Richard Coffey

Richard Coffey is the director of User Experience at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility. His interests are data mining, business intelligence, mentoring, team building, leadership and providing the very best customer experience.

Tony Drummond

Dr. Drummond is a Staff Computer Scientist in the Computational Research Divsion of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratoy. He works on the development of High-Accuracy Scalable Solvers for Particle Physics simulations. In addition, within the framework of the Sustain Innovation for Linear Algebra Software (SILAS), he works on the LAPACK and ScaLAPACK library development. He… Continue reading

Kenneth Craft

Kenneth Craft is a Fortran Technical Consulting Engineer at Intel, Inc.  He has studied and worked with high performance computing (HPC) for the last 8 years.  He has worked with a variety of companies to help modernize their code. He has also worked with Universities to bridge the gap in curriculum to help… Continue reading

Sally Ellingson

Dr. Sally R. Ellingson, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Biomedical Informatics, College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky (UK) where she leads the High-Performance Computing (HPC) initiatives at the Cancer Research Informatics (CRI) shared resource facility at the Markey Cancer Center and just this March became a new KL2… Continue reading

Elizabeth Leake

Elizabeth Leake has more than 20 years of experience with post-secondary education service, shared governance, communication, and information technology (IT) administration.  Leake is the founder of STEM-Trek Nonprofit, an organization that supports travel, mentoring, and professional development for high-tech scholars from under-represented communities and under-served regions. In exchange for support, beneficiaries are encouraged… Continue reading

Christine Harvey

Christine Harvey is a Modeling and Simulation Engineer at the MITRE Corporation where she specializes in data analysis and High Performance Computing in Simulation.  Her research interests include HPC in simulation, Agent Based Modeling, and Big Data Analysis particularity in the field of Healthcare.  She completed her Masters in Computational Science from The… Continue reading

Nitin Sukhija

Dr. Nitin Sukhija received his BS degree (with honors) in Computer Science Engineering from Institute of Technology and Management, India (2002), Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management from Symbiosis, India (2005), MBA degree in Information Systems from San Diego State University (2009), and MS degree in Computer Science majoring in Computing from National University, San… Continue reading

Verónica G. Vergara Larrea

Verónica G. Vergara Larrea is originally from Quito, Ecuador. She obtained her bachelor of arts degree in Mathematics/Physics at Reed College and her masters of science degree in Computational Science at Florida State University. Veronica has been involved in high performance computing since 2010, when she first attended the SC conference as a Student Volunteer,… Continue reading

Larisse Voufo

Larisse Voufo is a Computer Science PhD graduate from Indiana University’s School of Informatics and Computing. She is currently a Software Engineer at Google, Inc., and advocate for furthering efforts in diversity and inclusion in STEM fields. To date, she has participated in various K-12 outreach programs and activities for women and underrepresented groups in… Continue reading