The Krell Institute, a nonprofit group serving the scientific and academic communities, has awarded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) computational scientist Jeff Hittinger with its 2021 James Corones Award in Management, Group Constructing and Communication.
The award, named for the institute’s founder, acknowledges mid-career scientists and engineers who’re making an impression on their chosen fields and for mentoring younger folks to be energetic within the science neighborhood and talk their work. Hittinger is director of LLNL’s Middle for Utilized Scientific Computing (CASC) division, the place he focuses on superior discretization strategies for partial differential equations that underlie multiphysics numerical simulations. He has labored on functions in plasma physics, fluid dynamics and radiation hydrodynamics, devising high-order finite-difference and finite-volume strategies, parallel computing methods and adaptive mesh refinement strategies.
All through his profession, which started at LLNL in 2000 as a postdoctoral researcher, Hittinger has been a robust advocate for the Division of Power’s Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) Program. A DOE CSGF recipient from 1996 to 2000, Hittinger at the moment serves on a number of CSGF committees and because the program’s technical co-principal investigator. The Krell Institute manages the fellowship for DOE.
“Jim (Corones) helped form the sphere of computational science because it grew during the last three a long time, and I’m each honored and a bit overwhelmed to be acknowledged in his reminiscence,” Hittinger stated. “I had the chance to work with and study from him, and it’s with pleasure – and a way of accountability – that I’m able to proceed and to construct on his imaginative and prescient for the DOE CSGF program and computational science extra broadly.”
An award choice committee made up of representatives from nationwide laboratories, academia and Krell cited Hittinger for his “initiatives to information the Lab’s utilized arithmetic and computational science analysis, particularly serving to plot the course to exascale computing for the Division of Power’s utilized math program; his service enhancing and supporting the DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship neighborhood and mentoring younger researchers; and his outreach to diversified audiences, informing them about and advocating for DOE and LLNL science,” in response to Krell.
LLNL Affiliate Director for Computing Bruce Hendrickson nominated Hittinger for the award based mostly on his energetic involvement with DOE CSGF, his help for excellent computational science and for nurturing the subsequent era of scientists.
“Jeff’s profession has exemplified management, neighborhood constructing and communication. His skilled success is each part of Jim’s lasting legacy in addition to a testomony to Jeff’s skills, dedication and character,” Hendrickson wrote in his nomination letter. “He’s the epitome of a servant chief.”
Along with his function main CASC, Hittinger serves on the Society for Industrial and Utilized Arithmetic (SIAM) Profession Alternatives Committee and the Institute for Pure & Utilized Arithmetic Science Advisory Board. He’s frequently concerned in outreach actions for the Computing Directorate and as a speaker within the Ambassador Lecture Sequence. He’s energetic within the exterior analysis neighborhood as nicely, notably serving as co-chair for the 2019 SIAM Computational Science and Engineering convention.
In 2001, Hittinger shared Krell’s inaugural Frederick A. Howes Scholar in Computational Science award, given to current graduates who display excellent management, character and technical achievement.
He additionally shared an LLNL Deputy Director for Science & Know-how Excellence in Publication Award in 2009 with colleagues from the Variable Precision Computing Strategic Initiative challenge that he led. As well as, he was a part of a staff honored with the Director’s Institutional Operational Excellence Award for Wonderful Innovation to Create a “digital” Summer season Pupil Program (COVID) in 2020.
The Krell Institute manages the DOE CSGF program, in addition to the DOE/Nationwide Nuclear Safety Administration’s Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship and Laboratory Residency Graduate Fellowship applications. Krell additionally organizes scientific conferences and develops academic supplies, computational science web sites and magazines, together with ASCR Discovery and DEIXIS Online.
“We’re thrilled to honor Jeff, the primary recipient who knew and labored with Jim Corones,” Krell Institute President Shelly Olsan stated. “He has an distinctive report as a scientist, as a frontrunner within the utilized arithmetic and high-performance computing communities, as a mentor to and advocate for younger researchers and as an excellent communicator. I do know Jim could be happy with this choice.”
Hittinger will obtain the engraved award and a $2,000 honorarium later this yr, in response to the group.
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