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Computing Sciences Staff Honored with Director’s Achievement Awards

October 25, 2016

Several staff in the Computing Sciences organization are recipients of this year’s Director’s Awards for Exceptional Achievement. The honorees will be recognized in a ceremony to be held Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. in the Bldg. 50 Auditorium.

The Director’s Awards program rewards significant achievements of Lab employees. Each year, these awards are given for accomplishments, leadership, collaboration, multi-disciplinary science, cross-divisional projects and commitment to excellence in support of the Lab’s mission and strategic goals. Berkeley Lab employees submit nominations of individuals and teams, which are then reviewed by a Lab-wide Director’s Awards committee.

Here is a list of this year’s CS award recipients:


Hari Krishnan

Early Scientific Career: Hari Krishnan, Computational Research Division For sustained and exceptional efforts in software architecture and technical management over a prolonged period that have helped numerous science projects meet key objectives and deliverables, and have increased the visibility of lab science programs to DOE and the scientific community.

Early Scientific Career: Oliver Rübel, Computational Research Division
For the conception, design, and implementation of the OpenMSI system, an award-winning exemplary cross-divisional effort enabling breakthrough science through a combination of technologies for data and computing.

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Oliver Rübel

Operations/Safety: Wang Hall (CRT Project) Energization Team
For the safe and successful energization of Wang Hall and the Cori computer was made possible by the close teamwork and integration of contributors from across NERSC, Facilities, EH&S, Protective Services and Procurement. Here are the NERSC personnel who were part of the Energization Team:

  • Jeff Grounds
  • Ernie Jew
  • Brent Draney
  • Thomas Davis
  • Tina Declerck
  • Elizabeth Bautista
  • Jeff Broughton

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.