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.


  • Alnur
    Ali

    Alnur left a job with Microsoft to pursue machine-learning research....

  • Richard
    Barnes

    Richard is applying computational science to areas where it has been little used....

  • Nicholas
    Boffi

    Nick’s materials models test physical theories with broad implications....

  • Emmet
    Cleary

    An Australian research trip drew him to computational science....

  • Zane
    Crawford

    His love of music led him into electrical engineering....

  • Ian
    Dunn

    Ian’s models can help us understand quantum mechanical interactions. ...

  • Harshil
    Kamdar

    His models follow star formation and movement through the galaxy....

  • Hannah
    Klion

    In a field that marks time in billions of years, she studies short-lived phenomena....

  • Noah
    Mandell

    Noah’s domain is the turbulent world of fusion plasmas....

  • Kelly
    Moran

    A DOE lab job led Kelly to use statistics to study disease....

  • Mario
    Ortega

    High-performance computing helps Mario predict neutron activity....

  • Helena
    Qi

    Helena uses computing to explore proteins’ intricate interactions....

  • Clay
    Sanders

    To demonstrate his methods, Clay calculates properties for acoustic cloaking....

  • Gerald
    Wang

    Jerry’s simulations help us understand how fluids behave in tiny spaces....

  • Laura
    Watkins

    Her research has taken her from dirt to fundamental drug mechanisms....

  • Alexander
    Williams

    His mathematical methods help researchers grasp how brains work....