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Kathy Yelick Named Associate Lab Director for Computing Sciences

September 15, 2010

Kathy Yelick has been named Associate Lab Director for Computing Sciences. Yelick has been the director of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) since 2008, a position she will continue to hold.

“I am very pleased to see Kathy Yelick assume this critical role in senior leadership as Associate Lab Director for Computing Sciences,” said Berkeley Lab Director Paul Alivisatos. “We will benefit immensely from her knowledge and vision. She will have tremendous opportunity to use Berkeley Lab’s strengths in scientific computing and advanced networking to accelerate research that addresses some of our nation’s most urgent scientific challenges.”

Yelick is an expert on parallel languages, compilers, algorithms, libraries, architecture, and storage. She has worked with interdisciplinary teams on application scaling, and her own applications work includes parallelization of a model for blood flow in the heart. She is the co-inventor of the UPC and Titanium languages and co-developed automatic performance tuning techniques for sparse matrix computations.

Yelick has received a number of research and teaching awards and is the co-author of two books and more than 100 refereed technical papers. She is currently a member of the California Council on Science and Technology and a member of the National Academies committee on Sustaining Growth in Computing Performance.

She earned her Ph.D. in computer science from MIT and has been a professor at UC Berkeley since 1991, with a joint research appointment at Berkeley Lab since 1996.

About Computing Sciences at Berkeley Lab

The Computing Sciences Area at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory(Berkeley Lab) provides the computing and networking resources and expertise critical to advancing Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC) 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. NERSC and ESnet are both Department of Energy Office of Science National User Facilities. The Computational Research Division (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.

Berkeley Lab 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. The DOE Office of Science is the United States' single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit science.energy.gov.