Testimonials from former lab members

Robert Searles,

Solution Architect, NVIDIA Corporation, USA

Obtained his PhD degree in 2019

I spent 11 years of my life at University of Delaware obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, and Doctorate. The best of those years were the nearly 3 years I had the pleasure of working with Prof. Sunita Chandrasekaran and the other students in her lab. She is smart, driven, and most importantly, she cares about her students. She pushes all of them to grow and learn, and she also cares about them on a personal level. She goes above and beyond to make sure that her students end up in places they want to be in their careers after leaving CRPL by leveraging all the connections she has made over the years in the field of HPC (which are extensive). In my case, I ended up working for my first-choice: NVIDIA.

CRPL is a collaborative, team-focused environment led by a person I can only describe as the ideal PhD advisor. All the other students I had the privilege of working with supported each other. There was always a healthy balance of constructive criticism and support that allowed us to help each other prepare our projects and presentations for the scrutiny they would face under peer review and at conferences without discouragement. My coworkers there made me better at what I do, and I hope I made them better at what they do too. If you’re considering pursuing a specialized education in HPC, CRPL is the place to do it.

Jose M Monsalve Diaz,

Postdoctoral Appointee, Argonne National Laboratory, USA

Obtained his Master’s degree in 2019

I got my PhD and Masters from the University of Delaware. During this time I had the opportunity to work at the CRPL research group for several years. I obtained my master’s degree guided by Sunita and supported by my peers at CRPL. It was through this time that I really understood that a good graduate education experience can only be achieved through excellent academic advisors that have the ability to form strongly bonded research groups. Being a good professor and being able to create a strong research group goes beyond scientific relevance, and it is accompanied by a set of human and interpersonal skills that are often overlooked. Sunita’s research group shines for its academic excellence, but above all, for its human talent.

As a student, it is critical to have someone that inspires you and pushes you forward to grow personally and professionally. That is exactly what I was able to find when working with professor Sunita and her students. Currently, I am a postdoctoral researcher at Argonne National Laboratory, part of the Department of Energy. Working for ECP with CRPL allowed me to learn and experience national laboratories, helping me decide a career path after graduation. Professor Sunita often emphasizes the importance of networking and outreach when being a student, allowing for the student to prepare themselves for life after graduation.

Matt Stack

Solution Architect, NVIDIA Corporation, USA

Obtained his Bachelor’s degree in 2020

I loved my time in CRPL as an undergrad, it prepared me to succeed in a role where all my immediate teammates and developers I assist have PhDs. There is no distinction between who are the undergrads, masters, or PhDs when the group has gathered, all students excited by the research have a place at CRPL!