Virtual Webinar Series

March 2, 2021

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Fernanda Foertter

Director of Applications at NextSilicon

Talk Title – Choosing a Career Path


Fernanda is a Sr. Scientific Consultant for BioTeam specializing in data science and high performance computing (HPC). She began her HPC career in graduate school, developing molecular dynamics applications and as administrator of the Florida Laboratory for Materials Engineering Simulation (FLAMES) at the University of Florida. Following graduate school she was HPC manager at an agricultural genomics company, Genus Plc. managing production runs and the scientific computing platform. Following Genus she went to Oak Ridge National Lab’s Leadership Computing Facility, OLCF, and was training coordinator for systems in the facility including Jaguar, Titan, and Summit, the latter two #1 GPU based supercomputers in the Top500 and was also part of the CORAL project programming environment team that selected Summit as the centers next supercomputer. She became an HPC Data Scientist within the Biomedical Sciences, Engineering, and Computing group (BSEC) working on Pilot 3 of the CANDLE (Cancer Moonshot) project and was co-PI of Kokkos C++ library funded by Exascale Computing Project (ECP). After ORNL, Fernanda was a Developer Advocate and Alliance Manager for HPC + AI at NVIDIA, helping to build an ecosystem to support GPU developers and users in the life sciences. Now at BioTeam she is helping take the mystery out of artificial intelligence.(

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Douglas White

Research Computing Logistics Manager for the Ocean Information Center (OCEANIC)

Title – “When life hands you lemons, you make limoncello” Distributed computing augmentation of traditional HPC infrastructure.


To disrupt the status quo, color outside the lines and build a better world. My passions include Technology R&D, Prototyping Solutions, Sharing with Others. Career interests include Augmented Reality, High Performance Computing (HPC), Cryptocurrency/Blockchain Technologies, Ocean Research & Brewing Beer (aka Applied Biochemistry).

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Stephen Lecler Olivier

Talk Title – Discussion on future directions of OpenMP tasking


My research focuses on run time systems and programming models for high performance computing, including issues in productivity, scalability, and power. Much of my work concerns support for efficient multithreading on the supercomputer node level, especially through the task-parallel programming model. I enjoy working with application and library developers to improve the scalability of their codes and to take advantage of multicore and manycore architectures, and I represent Sandia Labs on the OpenMP Language Committee and Architecture Review Board. (

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Mehrzad Samadi

NVIDIA, CEO & Co-Founder at Parabricks

Talk Title – Accelerated Genomic Analysis on GPUs

Talk Abstract

NVIDIA Parabricks is a computational framework supporting genomics applications from DNA to RNA. It employs NVIDIA’s CUDA, HPC, AI, and data analytics stacks to build GPU accelerated libraries, pipelines, and reference application workflows for primary, secondary, and tertiary analysis. Parabricks is a complete portfolio of off-the-shelf solutions coupled with a toolkit to support new application development to address the needs of genomic labs, research centers, hospitals/clinics, and Pharma companies. In this talk, Dr. Mehrzad Samadi, Cofounder of Parabricks, will discuss the Parabricks applications, use cases, and future directions. He will also talk about the story of Parabricks as a university startup from launch to acquisition.


Mehrzad Samadi co-founded Parabricks in 2015 to provide high-performance bioinformatics tools to enable researchers to accelerate their research efforts. Parabricks software suite now has been used in clinics hospitals and research centers in more than 20 countries. Parabricks got acquired by NVIDIA in 2020 and now Samadi manages the Parabricks team inside NVIDIA. Prior to Parabricks, Samadi worked as a researcher at Microsoft research. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Ian Cosden

Director of Research Software Engineering for Computational & Data Science Princeton University

Talk Abstract

Research is becoming increasingly digital and reliant on software. Yet despite this reliance on software, best practices and access to professional resources for developing research software in academia lag far behind those in industry. Research programs and institutions benefit greatly from individuals, or Research Software Engineers (RSEs) as they have come to be known, whose professional focus is centered around writing and contributing to research software. By bringing the skills and practices of software engineering to research, in an effort to create more robust, manageable, and sustainable research software, RSEs are playing an increasingly important role within the computational science and engineering research ecosystem.

In this talk, I will introduce the concept of the Research Software Engineer and give an overview of the Princeton Research Software Engineering Group as well as the history and current landscape of the International RSE movement. I’ll introduce the US Research Software Engineer Association (US-RSE), a growing organization centered around three main goals: providing a community to those who identify as an RSE; advocating for the RSE role; and providing resources for current and future RSEs, as well as institutions and organizations supporting RSEs. Membership is easy and free and all are welcome who relate to the US-RSE’s mission, especially those who identify as RSEs, those interested in a career as an RSE, and those who may not be RSEs but consider themselves RSE “allies.” Finally, I’ll discuss a new project that will sponsor and deliver an open-sourced training curriculum designed by RSEs to train and develop a pipeline of future RSEs for this new career path.


Ian Cosden is the Director of Research Software Engineering for Computational & Data Science at Princeton University. He leads a team of Research Software Engineers (RSEs) who complement multiple traditional academic research groups by offering embedded, long-term software development expertise. Ian is the current and founding chair of the Steering Committee for the US Research Software Engineer (US-RSE) Association. Additionally, he is the PI for “Innovative Training Enabled by a Research Software Engineering Community of Trainers (INTERSECT),” an NSF funded project to develop and deliver RSE-led training events for current researchers interested in careers in Research Software Engineering. Ian has a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from University of Delaware, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania where he developed the first highly-parallel hybrid atomistic-continuum model for liquid-vapor phase change