According to a DOE Advanced Scientific Advisory Committee Workforce Subcommittee Letter in 2014, DOE labs are facing workforce challenges and need to develop more effective techniques to attract and sustain a full spectrum of talent. The letter also calls for new approaches to recruiting and retaining computing sciences staff, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds such as women and minorities.
To address the challenge to develop, retain, and diversify the workforce, Mary Ann Leung, SHI founder and president, is developing guidelines, including best practices and exemplar programs and activities, that the scientific software development community can adopt, adapt, and put into practice.
This will be accomplished by (1) facilitating community discussion to scope the needs and collect best practices and (2) disseminating the guidelines in both written and presentation formats. These activities will increase awareness and knowledge of key issues and approaches to diversity and inclusion.
Dr.Leung is responsible for facilitating community discussion to scope the needs, collecting best practices, and compiling and disseminating guidelines in an open-source document (e.g. whitepaper, technical report) that can evolve and grow over time. Guidelines will address the challenge to develop, retain, and diversify the workforce, including best practices and exemplar programs and activities that the scientific software development community can adopt, adapt, and put into practice.
Diversity and Inclusion Panel at SIAM CSE21 March 1
Dr. Leung served as session moderator for the panel at the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) 2021 Computational Science and Engineering (CSE21) conference. The panel is comprised of three parts:
- Part I: Panelist share their experiences of being a minority in CSE
- Part II: Panelists will discuss effective practices in promoting diversity and inclusion
- Part III: Further discussion
Exascale Computing Project Annual Meeting Birds of a Feather Session April 14
Dr. Leung served as a presenter at the Inclusion Practices and Software Productivity Birds of a Feather session at the Exascale Computing Project (ECP) annual meeting April 14-16.
The guidelines will be disseminated through a virtual town hall, BSSw blog article and webinar, and other professional publications and will be available on this page.
Fellow Awardee Biography
Mary Ann Leung was a fellow and later served as Program Manager for the prestigious Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship and served as an invited speaker for the National Academies Fellowship Roundtable on multiple occasions. She regularly mentors CSE students in career and professional development and makes use of her extensive background in designing and facilitating engaging interactive virtual training. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Mills College and MS. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Washington, all in computational chemistry.