New Employee Profile - May 2018
May 1, 2018
Michael Blodgett, Energy Sciences Network (ESnet)
As a network engineer for the Department of Energy’s ESnet (Energy Sciences Network), Michael Blodgett will be supporting the operation of the world’s fastest network for science. His daily tasks will include network configuration automation and equipment deployments.
Before coming to Berkeley Lab, Blodgett spent much of his time working in academia. He was first exposed to network engineering in college when he supported the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s (UW-Madison’s) Computer Sciences department network. After graduating, he took a full-time job with the university’s computer science department, working in the Wisconsin Advanced Internet Laboratory. When the Morgridge Institute for Research began building a new facility on the UW-Madison campus, Blodgett worked on designing and deploying a network for a building that didn’t even have all of its walls in place.
“Building a network from ground up is a challenge, but it exposed me to more of the process behind larger projects,” he says. “Working in the Network Services group in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Information Technology, gave me a lot of experience in deploying and operating equipment on a wider scale. Being part of the ESnet team allows me to extend that experience to a now even larger scale.”
Blodgett is originally from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and notes that his interest in engineering sparked when his dad introduced him to computers as a child. Later as a teenager, he did a lot of technical work in the theater and concert realm which involved quite a bit of troubleshooting. Although he’s always been interested in the hardware side of computing, he notes that his first college job required someone to “run the network” and the job stuck with him. In 2000, he moved to Madison for college and has been living there ever since. In fact, Blodgett will work for ESnet remotely from Madison.
In this free time, Blodgett enjoys wandering around new places, riding motorcycles and SCUBA diving.
About Computing Sciences at Berkeley Lab
The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) Computing Sciences organization provides the computing and networking resources and expertise critical to advancing the Department of Energy's research missions: developing new energy sources, improving energy efficiency, developing new materials and increasing our understanding of ourselves, our world and our universe.
ESnet, the Energy Sciences Network, provides the high-bandwidth, reliable connections that link scientists at 40 DOE research sites to each other and to experimental facilities and supercomputing centers around the country. The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) powers the discoveries of 7,000-plus scientists at national laboratories and universities, including those at Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division (CRD). CRD conducts research and development in mathematical modeling and simulation, algorithm design, data storage, management and analysis, computer system architecture and high-performance software implementation. NERSC and ESnet are Department of Energy Office of Science User Facilities.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the DOE’s Office of Science.
DOE’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit science.energy.gov.