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Workforce Diversity

Within Computing Sciences (CS), we recognize that managing diversity requires a comprehensive approach to creating a work environment that values all people and empowers employees to reach their full potential in pursuit of Computing Sciences and Laboratory goals and objectives. Computing Sciences hiring practices encourage diversity and help to develop a diverse workforce.

Staff members also work with Bay Area schools, support conferences and volunteer with outside programs to help develop the next generation of scientists and engineers and, in particular, strive to engage members of under-represented groups. The links below illustrate the breadth of these efforts.

Berkeley Lab Staff Offer Career Advice to Kennedy High School Students

March 22, 2012

Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences Communications staffers Jon Bashor, Margie Wylie and Linda Vu joined Rachel Carl and Jeff Todd of Berkeley Lab Human Resources in a presentation on finding rewarding jobs to juniors and seniors at Kennedy High School in Richmond on Wednesday, March 21. Read More »

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Berkeley Lab Staff Mentor High School Girls in Science Education App Development

February 23, 2012

Late Tuesday afternoons, as many Lab employees are heading down the Hill after work, a group of more than 60 high school girls from Berkeley and Albany heads up to Berkeley Lab for a series of 10 two-hour workshops to develop science education apps for Android smart phones. Read More »

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Inspiring Careers in Science Research

January 21, 2012

In an effort to expose high school students to careers in research, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (Berkeley Lab) Computing Sciences Diversity Outreach Program partnered with San Francisco’s Lowell High School Science Research Program, an after school program that aims to give highly motivated juniors and seniors a chance to develop research projects with professional guidance with the intent to have the students enter the Intel Science Talent Search, a competition sponsored by Intel that offers college scholarships for outstanding scientific work. Read More »

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Berkeley Lab Reaches Out to Women in Computing

November 30, 2011

Although women comprise the majority of the United States labor force, 60 percent of college graduates in developed countries, most of the of Internet users, and start the majority of new companies created each year in the US, they have made surprisingly few inroads into high performance computing, according to a recent HPC Wire editorial. Berkeley Lab is working to increase the number of women in computer science and HPC applying to work at the Lab. Read More »

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PHOTOSTORY: The Next Generation of Computer Scientists

July 28, 2010

  The Next Generation of Computing: Students from the Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences Careers in Computing Camp pose in front of NERSC's Cray XT5 Supercomputer "Franklin." As part of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's commitment to mentor the next generation of scientists, the Computing Sciences Directorate hosted 14 local high school students as part of an outreach program to introduce students to various career options in scientific computing and networking. The sessions… Read More »

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Juan Meza Named One of Hispanic Business Magazine's "100 Influentials"

October 6, 2009

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. The list, published in the October issue, includes Hispanics who play leading roles in politics, business, science, information technology, health care, education, the media, and other areas. Meza and Puerto Rican astronaut Joseph Acaba are the only two scientists on this year's list. Read More »

Students from All Walks of Life on Board as Interns

May 2, 2001

An internship program in desktop support offered by the Computer Infrastructure Support Department is literally drawing students from all walks of life. George Eaton’s career path led him to a long stint in restaurant management before he made it to the Lab. Brendan Kelly had earned his degree at Cal and was out in the working world when he decided to go back to school. Bill Ou’s main experiences with electronics had been as a salesman. Nguyen Hua had previously been a summer intern at the… Read More »

El Cerrito High School Students Take in Computing Sciences

May 4, 1999

A group 17 math and science students from El Cerrito High School recently visited the Lab last week to learn about real-world applications of mathematics and the various high-performance computing programs in Computing Sciences. The goal of the visit was to give students a look at possible career directions. The group was accompanied by Bob Fabini, who teaches physics and chemistry at the school. The visit stemmed from an article in the San Francisco Chronicle last fall about Jolanta… Read More »