Student Cluster Competition        
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2021 Competition

Competition Committee

The hardworking volunteer committee that makes the Student Cluster Competition possible is dedicated to students and mentoring the future of HPC at the SC conference. These individuals donate their time and energy to create a one-of-a-kind experience for undergraduates.

Kathleen Shoga
Kathleen Shoga, SCC Competition Chair
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)

Kathleen Shoga works as a computer scientist for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the Livermore Computing Division. She works on multiple aspects of HPC, including performance tools, system administration, system monitoring, and big data databases. She also participated in the SCC as a student in ’12 and ’13.

Stephanie Brink
Stephanie Brink, SCC Competition Vice Chair
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)

Computer Scientist; I enjoying taking day trips to explore new areas around me!

SC is one of my favorite conferences of the year! I am looking forward to catching up with everyone!

Yasaman Ghadar
Yasaman Ghadar, SCC Application Lead
Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF)

Assistant Computational Scientist, I enjoy gardening and planting both flowers and vegetables.

I am looking forward to side discussions at SC21.

Rigoberto Moreno Delgado
Rigoberto Moreno Delgado, SCC Infrastructure Lead
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)

HPC Systems Engineer at LLNL. I enjoy tinkering with various tech gadgets in my spare time.

I am looking forward to having another successful SCC and reconnecting with old colleagues.

Georgios Markomanolis
Georgios Markomanolis, SCC IO500 Benchmark Lead
CSC - IT Center For Science Ltd. (CSC)

Lead HPC Scientist, I enjoy swimming and hiking on a frozen sea.

I look forward to seeing everybody at SC21 and have a lot of discussions!

Abhinav Thota
Abhinav Thota, SCC Applications Team
Indiana University

HPC Applications Tech Lead at IU. I enjoy bowling and running in my spare time.

I look forward to catching up with old friends and making new friends at SC21.

Dan Dietz
Dan Dietz, SCC Infrastructure Team
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

HPC Engineer at ORNL. I attended my first SC conference in 2010 as a competitor in the SCC. That kickstarted my career in HPC in academia, industry, and now ORNL. I enjoy spending my free time petting my 3 cats.

I’m looking forward to giving back to the SCC as a committee member and seeing everyone at the conference!

Steve Leak
Steve Leak, SCC Infrastructure Team
NERSC (National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center)

Part of the User Engagement Group at NERSC — our role is to ensure NERSC users can make effective use of the HPC resources NERSC provides.

I've been in HPC for more than 20 years, and involved in the SCC as an advisor or committee member since 2018. It's always great to catch up with old friends at SC, and to see the innovation and enthusiasm that the SCC teams bring.

Paul Peltz
Paul Peltz, SCC Infrastructure Team
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

I am a HPC Systems Engineer and I love to play and watch soccer.

I can’t wait to see all of my friends in person again at SC’21.

Sam Coleman
Sam Coleman
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, retired

Sam is happily retired from LLNL and has never been busier, with volunteer activities, covid-permitting, including the Massive Storage Systems and Technology conference (MSST), timing the Reno Air Races, volunteering at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and on the Washoe County Community Emergency Response Team, helping at SCC since 2007, fixing neighborhood computers, teaching Windows 10 classes, and doing as much hiking as time allows.

Giuseppe Di Natale
Giuseppe Di Natale

Senior Software Engineer at Google. I work on kernel development and release processes for our technical infrastructure. In my spare time, I enjoy making smoked meats and BBQ.

This is my first time helping out with the Student Cluster Competition and looking forward to helping and learning as well as connecting with former colleagues.

Ann Gentile
Sandia National Laboratories

I am the manager of the HPC Development Department at SNL. I used to be a physicist. My path to HPC started when I needed to learn more about how my scientific application used the computing hardware to improve its performance. I enjoy cycling, even though I am really slow!

I am looking forward to learning about how the SCC participants got interested in HPC!

Anja Gerbes
Anja Gerbes
Center for Information Services and High Performance Computing, TU Dresden, Germany

I am dedicated, outgoing, enthusiastic, ambitious, hard- working, inspiring and tough woman, who is a highly-skilled computer scientist at TU Dresden. Participating as a SCinet student the last four years. Looking forward to new experiences in the Student Cluster Competition community.

I am very dedicated to working with young females and to encourage them to embrace a career in science. My passion is my volunteering work like organizing events for female students. It is my desire to motivate other people to become involved in science and the STEM fields.

Furthermore, I am going to the gym doing cycling, Zumba, and barbell training. An essential part of my life is wellness, sauna, yoga, and pilates.

I am looking forward to a successful SC21 Student Cluster Competition!

Aroua Gharbi
Aroua Gharbi
Georgia Institute of Technology

I am a PhD candidate in Computational Science/Aerospace Engineering at the Aerospace Systems Design Lab. I am originally from Tunisia in North Africa and have been volunteering with SC since 2017. SC is my favorite conference ever and I am excited to work on something different this year. In my free time I enjoy outdoor activities, reading and snuggling with my cat Izzy.

I am looking forward to meeting everyone in St. Louis in a couple of months!

Rebecca Hartman-Baker
Rebecca Hartman-Baker
Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

For my day job, I lead the User Engagement Group, which is responsible for the care & feeding of 8,000+ NERSC users. I've coached four SCC teams and chaired the competition at SC19. I'm also the proud mom of a 14-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter. I love playing my violin and listening to orchestral music.

I can’t wait to see the SCC teams and all the cool kit you brought for the competition!

Amiya Maji
Amiya Maji
Purdue University

Senior Computational Scientist at Purdue. I enjoy gardening, cooking, and taking pictures in my spare time (not necessarily in that order).

I look forward to meeting new people, enjoy the excitement of SCC, and marvel at the grandness of SC21.

Ramin Nosrat
Ramin Nosrat

HPSS Program Manager and former programmer. I’ve attended almost all SC conferences. I like to cook and eat, am an aspiring woodworker, and play the tuba in a local orchestra.

I look forward to seeing everyone at SC21 in St. Louis!

Darshan Sarojini
Darshan Sarojini
Georgia Institute of Technology

Postdoctoral fellow at the Aerospace Systems Design Lab. The SuperComputing conference gave me my first introduction to HPC, and its potential in computational mechanics. In my free time I enjoy biking, hiking, and caving.

I am looking forward to getting to know everyone in-person!

Ben Schwaller
Ben Schwaller
Sandia National Laboratories (SNL)

I am a computer scientist at SNL focusing on analysis and visualization of HPC application and system data. When not making pretty graphs for my job, I play basketball and board games.

I was hired through the SC student job fair so I’m looking forward to giving back to the conference and getting other students excited about HPC!

Danielle Sikich
Danielle Sikich

Software Engineer at Intel. I work in the HPC group on the DAOS Team, which is a distributed object storage system. This is my first time helping with the Student Cluster Competition, so I am excited to learn and help. I enjoy hiking with my husband and two dogs :-)