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Computing Sciences Women Honored for STEM Contributions

October 21, 2013

Kathy Yelick, Associate Laboratory Director for Computing Sciences, and Deborah Agarwal, head of the Computational Research Division's (CRD) Advanced Computing for Science Department, were among 15 women honored October 18 during the first annual Women@The Lab event. Sponsored by the lab’s Diversity & Inclusion Office and the Women Scientists and Engineers Council, the event highlighted the women’s contributions to science and technology as well as the lab’s commitment to diversity and its support for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce.

“By promoting the achievement of these 15 brilliant women, we hope to encourage a new generation of women to enter the STEM workforce,” noted Paul Alivisatos, lab director, during the event. “A big part of our success at the lab is having the incredible capacity of women participating in science coming to the forefront.”

The celebration also marked launch of the Women @ The Lab website, which features profiles of the honorees, how they became interested in a STEM career, and what inspires them in their work at Berkeley Lab.

Kathy Yelick, Associate Director of Computing Sciences at Berkeley Lab. Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt.

Deb Agarwal, CRD's Advanced Computing for Sciences Department Head. Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt.

Berkeley Lab Director Paul Allivisatos and Deputy Director Horst Simon with Women at the Lab honorees. Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt.

About Computing Sciences at Berkeley Lab

High performance computing plays a critical role in scientific discovery. Researchers increasingly rely on advances in computer science, mathematics, computational science, data science, and large-scale computing and networking to increase our understanding of ourselves, our planet, and our universe. Berkeley Lab’s Computing Sciences Area researches, develops, and deploys new foundations, tools, and technologies to meet these needs and to advance research across a broad range of scientific disciplines.