Researchers come to the Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship from a spectrum of backgrounds. Some may have little or no formal training in computation, but are eager to apply high-performance computing to their area of expertise, be it astrophysics, engineering or energy production. Others are steeped in computer science and mathematics and are seeking new ways to apply their skills. In these short profiles, fourth-year fellows discuss the fellowship, their research and their career goals.


  • Peter
    Ahrens
    Peter’s research helps algorithms run well on new computer architectures...
  • Robert
    Baraldi
    Bobby writes algorithms to identify conditions that produced observations...
  • Jennifer
    Coulter
    Jennifer’s models could make it easier to develop useful new materials...
  • Priya
    Donti
    Priya wants to apply AI to power problems and climate change...
  • Olivia
    Hull
    Olivia focuses on tiny particles that assist with difficult chemical reactions...
  • Anya
    Katsevich
    Anya applies her love of math to tough problems with real-life ramifications...
  • Jonas
    Kaufman
    He uses computation to explore materials for better batteries...
  • Miriam
    Kreher
    The intersection of physics and nuclear power fascinates Miriam. ..
  • Logan
    Kunka
    The blasts he studies can damage cities but also could propel aircraft...
  • Quentarius
    Moore
    He researches how physical force influences chemical reactions...
  • Kari
    Norman
    She wants to improve how we measure ecological change...
  • Benjamin
    Toms
    His machine-learning methods could improve near-term climate predictions...
  • Steven
    Torrisi
    He uses machine-learning techniques to study materials’ properties...
  • Annie
    Wei
    She combines practical computing skills with advanced physics theory...
  • Zachary
    Weiner
    The early microseconds of the universe’s existence fascinate Zach...
  • Malia
    Wenny
    A casual conversation during her practicum helped advance her thesis research...