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Student Champions

Campus Champions programs include Regional, Student, and Domain Champions.

 

Student Champions

Student Champion volunteer responsibilities may vary from one institution to another and depending on your Campus Champion Mentor. Student Champions may work with their Mentor to provide outreach on campus to help others access the best advanced computing resource that will help them accomplish their research goals, provide training to people on their campus, or work on special projects assigned by your Mentor. Student Champions are also encouraged to attend the annual PEARC conference and participate in the PEARC student program as well as submit posters or papers to the conference. 

To join the Student Champions program, the Campus Champion who will be their mentor should send a message to info@campuschampions.org to recommend the student for the program and confirm their willingness to be the student's mentor. 

Questions? Email info@campuschampions.org.

 

 

 

INSTITUTION   CHAMPION MENTOR FIELD OF STUDY DESIGNATION GRADUATION 
Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University   Georgianna Wright Damian Clarke Computer Science Undergraduate 2022
Arizona State University   Natalie Mason Marisa Brazil & Ian Shaeffer Informatics Undergraduate 2023
Boise State University   Michael Ennis Jason Watt Computer Science Undergraduate 2022
Claremont Graduate University   Cindy Cheng Jeho Park Information Systems & Technology Graduate 2022
Claremont Graduate University   Michael Espero Asya Shklyar Biostatistics, Neurocognitive Science Graduate 2021
Claremont Graduate University   Vanessa Casillas Jeho Park Information Systems & Technology Graduate 2025
Claremont McKenna College   Zeyad Elkelani Jeho Park Political Science Graduate 2021
Dillard University   Priscilla Saarah Tomekia Simeon Biology Undergraduate 2022
Dillard University   Brian Desil Tomekia Simeon Physics Undergraduate 2021
Drexel University   Cameron Fritz David Chin Computer Science Undergraduate 2023
Drexel Univeristy   Hoang Oanh Pham  David Chin Computer Science Undergraduate 2023
Florida A&M Univerisity   Rodolfo Tsuyoshi F. Kamikabeya Hongmei Chi Computer Information Science Graduate 2021
Florida A&M Univeristy   Emon Nelson Hongmei Chi Computer Science Graduate 2021
Georgia Institute of Technology   Sebastian Kayhan Hollister Semir Sarajlic Computer Science  Undergraduate 2021
Georgia Institute of Technology   Siddhartha Vemuri Semir Sarajlic Computer Science Undergraduate 2021
Georgia State University   Kenneth Huang Suranga Naranjan   Graduate 2021
Georgia State University    Melchizedek Mashiku Suranga Naranjan Computer Science Undergraduate 2022
Howard University   Christina McBean Marcus Alfred Physics & Mathematics Undergraduate 2021
Howard University   Tamanna Joshi Marcus Alfred Condensed Matter Theory Graduate 2021
John Hopkins University   Jodie Hoh Jaime Combariza, Anthony Kolasny, Kevin Manalo Computer Science Undergraduate 2022
Kansas State University   Mohammed Tanash Dan Andresen Computer Science Gradudate 2022
Massachusetts Green HPC Center   Abigail Waters  Julie Ma Clinical Psychology Graduate 2022
North Carolina State University   Bailey Pollard Lisa Lowe Business Administration Undergraduate 2022
Northwestern University    Sajid Ali Alper Kinaci Applied Physics Graduate 2021
Oklahoma State University   Rohit Vuppala Evan Linde Mechanical & Aerospace Graduate 2024
Oregon State University   McKenzie Hughes CJ Keist Biology Undergraduate 2021
Pomona College   Nathaniel Getachew Asya Shklyar Computer Science & Mathematics Undergraduate 2023
Pomona College   Omar Zintan Mwinila-Yuori Asya Shklyar Computer Science Undergraduate  2022
Pomona College   Samuel Millette Asya Shklyar Computer Science  Undergraduate   2023
Prairie View A&M University   Chara Tatum Suxia Cui Computer Science Undergraduate 2021
Prairie View A&M University   Kobi Tioro Suxia Cui Computer Engineering Undergraduate 2021
Prairie View A&M University   Racine McLean Suxia Cui Computer Engineering Undergraduate 2021
Prairie View A&M University   Virgie Leyva Suxia Cui Computer Engineering Undergraduate 2021
Reed College   Jiarong Li Trina Marmarelli Math-Computer Science Undergraduate 2021
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute   James Flamino Joel Geidt   Graduate 2022
Rutgers University   Girish Ganesan Galen Collier Computer Science and Mathematics Undergraduate 2023
Saint Louis University   Frank Gerhard Schroer IV Eric Kaufmann Physics Undergraduate 2021
Southern Illinois University  

Majid Memari

Chet Langin   Graduate 2021
Southern Illinois University   Manvith Mali Chet Langin Computer Science Graduate 2021
Southwestern Oklahoma State University   Arianna Martin Jeremy Evert Computer Science & Music Performance Undergraduate 2023
Southwestern Oklahoma State University   Carlie Oakenshield
Jeremy Evert
Research Computing Undergraduate 2026
Tennessee Technological University   Avery Rhys Kerley Mike Renfro Computer Science Undergraduate 2023
Texas Tech University   Misha Ahmadian Tom Brown Computer Science Graduate  2022
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga    Carson Woods Tony Skjellum Computer Science Undergraduate 2021
University of Alabama at Birmingham   Shahram Talei

John-Paul Robinson

Physics Graduate 2021
University of Arizona   Alexander Prescott Blake Joyce Geosciences Graduate 2021
Univerity of Arkansas   Timothy "Ryan" Rogers Jeff Pummill Physical Chemistry Graduate 2021
University of California, Riverside   Nabil Khalil Chuck Forsyth Computer Science Undergraduate 2024
University of California, Riverside   Ruturaj Patil Chuck Forsyth Computer Science Graduate 2023
University of California, Riverside   Sahas Poyekar Chuck Forsyth Computer Science Undergraduate 2023
University of California, San Diego   Ru Xiang Cyd Burrows-Schilling Computational Mechanics  Graduate 2024
University of Central Oklahoma   Samuel Kelting Evan Lemley Mathematics/CS Undergraduate 2021
University of Central Oklahoma   Thomas Dunn Evan Lemley Computer Science Undergraduate 2022
University of Delaware   Parinaz Barakhshan Anita Schwartz Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate 2024
University of Maine   Michael Brady Butler Bruce Segee Physica/Computational Materials Science Graduate 2022
University of Michigan   Daniel Kessler Shelly Johnson Statistics Graduate 2022
University of Minnesota   Aneesh Venugopal Ben Lynch Electrical Engineering Graduate 2021
University of Missouri   Ashkan Mirzaee Predrag Lazic Industrial Engineering Graduate 2021
University of Nebraska   Natasha Pavlovikj Adam Caprez Computer Science Graduate 2021
University of North Carolina Wilmington   Cory Nichols Shrum Eddie Dunn      
University of Southern California   Ryan Sim Asya Shaklyar Physics & Electrical and Computer Engineering Undergraduate 2022
University of Texas at Dallas   Namira Pervez

Jaynal Pervez

Neuroscience Undergraduate 2024
West Chester University of Pennsylvania   Hunter Mills Linh Ngo Computer Science Undergraduate  2022
Yale University   Sinclair Im Andy Sherman Applied Math Graduate 2022
             
GRADUATED            
Boise State University   Mike Henry Kyle Shannon     2020
Florida A&M Univerisity   George Kurian Hongmei Chi     2019
Florida A&M Univerisity   Temilola Aderibigbe Hongmei Chi     2019
Florida A&M Univerisity   Stacyann Nelson Hongmei Chi     2019
Georgia State University   Mengyuan Zhu Suranga Naranjan     2017
Georgia State University   Thakshila Herath Suranga Naranjan     2018
Iowa State University   Justin Stanley  Levi Barber     2020
Jackson State Univeristy   Ebrahim Al-Areqi Carmen Wright     2018
Jackson State University   Duber Gomez-Fonseca Carmen Wright     2019
Midwestern State University   Broday Walker Eduardo Colmenares     2020
Mississippi State University   Nitin Sukhija Trey Breckenridge     2015
New Jersey Institute of Technology   Vatsal Shah Roman Voronov     2020
North Carolina State University   Dheeraj Kalidini Lisa Lowe     2020
North Carolina State University   Michael Dacanay Lisa Lowe      
North Carolina State University   Yuqing Du Lisa Lowe     2021
Oklahoma State University   Phillip Doehle Dana Brunson     2016
Oklahoma State University   Venkat Padmanapan Rao Jesse Schafer     2019
Oklahoma State University   Raj Shukla Dana Brunson     2018
Oklahoma State University   Nathalia Graf Grachet Philip Doehle     2019
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute   Jorge Alarcon Joel Geidt     2016
Southern Illinois University   Aaron Walber Chet Langin     2020
Southern Illinois University   Alex Sommers Chet Langin     2018
Southern Illinois University   Sai Susheel Sunkara Chet Langin     2018
Southern Illinois University   Monica Majiga Chet Langin     2017
Southern Illinois University   Sai Sandeep Kadiyala  Chet Langin     2017
Southern Illinois University   Rezaul Nishat Chet Langin     2018
Southern Illinois University   Alvin Gonzales Chet Langin     2020
Southwestern Oklahoma State University   Kurtis D. Clark Jeremy Evert Computer Science   2020
Texas A&M University - College Station   Logan Kunka Jian Tao     2020
Tufts University   Georgios (George) Karamanis Shawn G. Doughty     2018
University of Arkansas   Shawn Coleman Jeff Pummill     2014
University of California - Merced   Luanzheng Guo Sarvani Chadalapaka     2020
University of Central Florida   Amit Goel Paul Weigand      
University of Florida   David Ojika Oleksandr Moskalenko     2018
University of Illinois at Chicago   Babak Kashir Taloori Jon Komperda     2021
University of Iowa   Baylen Jacob Brus Ben Rogers     2020
University of Houston Clear Lake   Tarun Kumar Sharma Liwen Shih     2014
University of Houston-Downtown   Eashrak Zubair Hong Lin     2020
University of Maryland Baltimore County   Genaro Hernadez Paul Schou     2015
University of Michigan   Simon Adorf Shelly Johnson     2019
University of Missouri   Alexander Barnes Timothy Middelkoop     2018
University of North Carolina Wilmington   James Stinson Gray Eddie Dunn     2018
University of Pittsburgh   Shervin Sammak Kim Wong     2016
University of South Dakota   Joseph Madison Doug Jennewein     2018
University of Wyoming   Rajiv Khadka Jared Baker     2020
Virginia Tech University   David Barto Alana Romanella     2020
Virginia Tech University   Lu Chen Alana Romanella     2017
West Chester University of Pennsylvania   Jon C. Kilgannon Linh Ngo     2020
Winston-Salem State University   Daniel Caines Xiuping Tao     2019

Updated: March 25, 2020

 

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Researchers use advanced simulation techniques to set constraints on carbon content 

By Kimberly Mann Bruch, SDSC External Relations; Bill Wellock, Florida State University Communications

 

The internal structure of the Earth is layered: The topmost layer is the crust, followed by the rocky mantle, with the innermost layer being the metallic core. The core, primarily composed of iron, is divided into the inner and the outer core, which is mostly liquid iron. Dark circles in the core represent iron, and tan circles represent carbon atoms. Tan lines show the paths taken by carbon atoms during the simulation. Credit: Suraj Bajgain

Using several supercomputers, allocations from the XSEDE were used by a research team from Florida State University (FSU) and Rice University to provide a better estimate of the amount of carbon in the Earth's outer core. The work has suggested that the core could be the planet's largest reservoir of carbon, with the chemical element making up 0.3 to 2.0 percent by weight of the planet's outer core. 

"Though the percentage of carbon of the Earth's outer core is low, it's still an enormous amount because the area is so large," said lead author Suraj Bajgain, a postdoctoral researcher at FSU's Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, who along with his colleagues estimated that the outer core technically contains between 5.5 and 36.8 × 10^24 grams of carbon – immense numbers that are comparable to celestial bodies. For example, the mass of Pluto falls within this range, while the upper estimate is about half the mass of our moon.

There has been a great deal of research over the last decade to determine the carbon budget of the bulk Earth. These earlier studies have used constraints from geochemistry and extraterrestrial matter such as undifferentiated, pristine meteorites. However, the total carbon content of the Earth's core has continued to remain an open question – owing to the uncertainties in our understanding of the formation of the Earth and the chemistry of the pristine materials that accreted to form Earth and other rocky planets. 

The recent FSU and Rice study, published in the journal Communications Earth & Environment, circumvents these uncertainties by providing a direct estimate of the present-day Earth's outer core's carbon budget. This will, in turn, help the geoscience community bracket the possible planetary ingredients and better understand the overall planet formation process.

Why It's Important 

Carbon, oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen are essential elements for the formation and sustenance of life on Earth. Thus, it is important to know how much of these elements – including carbon – were delivered to the Earth via the planetary building materials. Having a better estimate of the budget of these life-essential elements, including carbon, helps researchers like the FSU and Rice team understand the condition of forming habitable rocky planets.  

"Understanding the composition of the Earth's core is one of the key problems in the solid-earth sciences," said co-author Mainak Mookherjee, an associate professor of geology at FSU's Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science. "We know the planet's core is largely iron, but the density of iron is greater than that of the core. There must be lighter elements in the core that reduce its density. Carbon is one consideration, and we are providing better constraints as to how much might be there."

Video shows the movement of iron and carbon atoms during the FPMD simulation. These simulations can be used to predict the density and compression wave velocities of binary and ternary systems with varying compositions. Dark spheres in the core represent iron and gray spheres represent carbon. Credit: Suraj Bajgain

Previous research has estimated the total amount of carbon on the planet to a range from approximately 990 parts per million to more than 6,400 parts per million. That would mean the core of the Earth – which includes both the outer core and the inner core – could contain 93 to 95% of the planet's carbon.

Because humans can't access the Earth's core, they have to use indirect methods to analyze it. The research team compared the known speed of compressional sound waves traveling through the Earth to computer models that simulated different compositions of iron, carbon and other light elements at the pressure and temperature conditions of the Earth's outer core.

"When the velocity of the sound waves in our simulations matched the observed velocity of sound waves traveling through the Earth, we knew the simulations were matching the actual chemical composition of the outer core," said Bajgain.

Scientists have attempted to give a range of the amount of carbon in the outer core before. This research narrows that possible range by including other light elements – namely oxygen, sulfur, silicon, hydrogen and nitrogen – in the models estimating the outer core's composition.

Just like hydrogen, oxygen and other elements, carbon is a life-essential element. It's part of what makes life possible on Earth.

"It's a natural question to ask where did this carbon that we are all made of come from and how much carbon was originally supplied when the Earth formed," Mookherjee said. "Where is the bulk of the carbon residing now? How has it been residing and how has it transferred between different reservoirs? Understanding the total inventory of carbon is what this study gives us insight to."

How XSEDE Helped

Thanks to allocations from XSEDE, Expanse at SDSC – along with Stampede2 at Texas Advanced Computing Center and Bridges-2 at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center – used a simulation process called first-principles molecular dynamics (FPMD), which is computationally expensive.

"We are fortunate to have computing time through XSEDE," he said. "Because of our access to these resources like Expanse, we can produce the results that are publishable in high impact journals." – Suraj Bajgain, postdoctoral researcher at FSU's Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science

"Our work would not be feasible without using the computing allocations from XSEDE," said Bajgain. "In the next steps for our studies, we will use Expanse to explore the effect of multiple light elements – not just carbon – to refine our work." 

Bajgain also commended both XSEDE and SDSC support teams for their help in utilizing the supercomputers. He said that he was especially grateful for the help from Mahidhar Tatineni to validate software licenses and provide direct access to applicable software on the Expanse cluster. 

"We are fortunate to have computing time through XSEDE," he said. "Because of our access to these resources like Expanse, we can produce the results that are publishable in high impact journals."  

The National Science Foundation and NASA supported this research. Computing resources were allocated by XSEDE (TG-GEO170003). The Research Computing Center at FSU provided additional computing resources for this work.

At a Glance

  • Florida State University and Rice University researchers have published a study regarding carbon in the Earth's outer core. 

  • The research suggested that the core could be the planet's largest reservoir of carbon, with the chemical element making up 0.3 to 2.0 percent by weight of the planet's outer core.


XSEDE-allocated Stampede2 supercomputer simulates water supply in inter-utility agreement study

By Jorge Salazar, TACC

 

A new study found that agreements between water utilities can help mitigate their risks, in research that used XSEDE-allocated supercomputer simulations of water supply in the North Carolina Research Triangle. Six population centers (colors) of this study in the Research Triangle of North Carolina. Water demands (in annual average millions of gallons per day are given from 2015 to 2060 on inset plots based on utility projections (Hazen & Sawyer, 2020; TJCOG, 2014). Credit: Gorelick et al. 

Mark Twain is attributed with the quote, "Whisky is for drinking, and water is for fighting over!" But what if cooperation yielded more benefit than just going it alone, when it comes to urban water utilities? 

A new study of water supply in the North Carolina Research Triangle found that agreements between water utilities can help mitigate their risks. The research used supercomputer allocations from the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE).

The findings are generalizable to any location where water providers allocate regional water resources among users that face challenges in supply and demand and in affordably financing infrastructure improvements.

"We found that cooperation amongst utilities could be beneficial to both their water supply and financial needs compared to more traditional independent planning and management," said David Gorelick, a postdoctoral research associate at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Gorelick is with the Center on Financial Risk in Environmental Systems, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Study co-authors David Gold (left), Cornell University; David Gorelick (right), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

The study, "Impact of Inter-Utility Agreements on Cooperative Regional Water Infrastructure Investment and Management Pathways," was published March 2022 in the AGU journal Water Resources Research. The study authors are David Gorelick and Gregory Characklis of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; David Gold and Patrick Reed of Cornell University.

The authors started with a computational model they developed together with regional utilities in North Carolina.

"Their participation gives us a lot of confidence that our results will be used at least to inform their behavior and to help avoid some more significant pitfalls when it comes to making big, long term, hundred-million-dollar financial decisions concerning water infrastructure such as new reservoirs or wastewater treatment plants," Gorelick said.

The model accurately simulates their risk management and long-term infrastructure planning decisions out until 2060.

Some of the risks of inter-utility agreements include exposure to asymmetric partner growth or the inflexibility of the agreement structure itself to respond to the ups and downs of supply and demand.

Interestingly, the authors hypothesized that more flexible agreements might benefit partners more by allowing them to adapt to changing conditions.

"In fact, we found that utilities experienced more financial risk in these cases," Gorelick said. The study found that with less flexible agreements, utilities are limited to mitigating their own risks. But when agreements can be updated over time, each utility is more exposed to the risks and the uncertainties of their partners.

"We found that cooperation is a good thing. But the type and the manner in which cooperation occurs can be very important for water utilities, and thus the water rates that all of us pay to get our water bills," Gorelick said.

 

Why It's Important

"Without supercomputing capabilities, we're flying blind in terms of how the water supply system reacts to different types of uncertainties, whether it's population growth or changing climate."  — David Gold, Cornell University

A simple example of an agreement studied in the paper was a fixed allocation agreement, such as that for a new reservoir or wastewater treatment plant. Because municipalities and local governments in the U.S. can enact inter-local agreements, utilities can partner together and be allocated fixed allocations of storage or treatment capacity in a shared project at the outset.

If one utility, for instance, pays for 20% of the development of that plant, they are allowed to use 20% of its capacity.

"Why these sorts of agreements matter, and why we wanted to test at least a couple in this study is that the agreements are widespread and very customizable from place to place," Gorelick said.

Thus far, there have been very few research efforts to assess their performance in terms of utility supply and financial objects.

How XSEDE helped

The Stampede2 supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) is an allocated resource of the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) funded by the National Science Foundation.

The science team was awarded allocations on the Stampede2 supercomputer of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) through XSEDE, which is funded by the National Science Foundation.

"This work is not possible without XSEDE supercomputing resources," said study co-author David Gold, a PhD candidate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University.

Gold and colleagues evaluated the water supply system of the North Carolina Research Triangle of about two million residents, bounded by Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh, over millions of future states out to 2060. This allowed discovery of water management strategies that are robust to a broad set of future conditions.

"Without supercomputing capabilities, we're flying blind in terms of how the water supply system reacts to different types of uncertainties, whether it's population growth or changing climate," Gold said.

"It's been expansive for us to be able to use Stampede2," Gold added. "If we were to try to run these simulations on our desktop, it would take us over 15 years to do all the simulations that we ran using Stampede2 over just the course of a few hours."

A utility-scale computational model of the region was thus developed, using the WaterPaths stochastic simulation software, a utility planning and management tool. The risk-of-failure was evolved based on reservoir capacity dynamics that change on hydroclimatic conditions, human demands, and management decisions that combine weekly portfolio management with long-term annual infrastructure investments.

Said Gold: "Today, our water systems face greater challenges than ever. But, we also have tools that we've never had before, in terms of supercomputers. By using resources, such as those available at XSEDE, we are able to level the playing field a bit. When we think about the challenges and uncertainties coming from population growth and changing climate, these computer resources allow us insight into the potential effects of these changes and the support to develop sustainable management strategies that can keep our water supply reliable for years to come."

Funding agency and grant number: National Science Foundation, Water Sustainability and Climate Program, Triangle Water Supply Partnership. XSEDE grant number: MCA08X018.

At A Glance

  • Inter-utility water agreements can help mitigate their risks according to research that used supercomputer simulations of water supply in the North Carolina Research Triangle.
  • Findings are generalizable to any location where water providers face financial and supply challenges in allocating regional water.
  • XSEDE allocations on TACC's Stampede2 supercomputer simulated water supply for two million people in the North Carolina Research Triangle out to 2060.
  • Authors developed computational model together with regional utilities in North Carolina.  

Meet the 2022 Participants

Meet the undergraduate students (and their mentors) who are enhancing their skillsets and creating positive change in their communities as part of the Advanced Computing for Social Change Institute's 2022 program.

Meet the Participants

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Mateo Alexander is currently taking what he calls "an entrepreneurial gap year" but plans on returning to the Rochester Institute of Technology. Mateo majors in Applied Arts and Sciences (Individualized Study), focusing on four key areas: city science, future foresight, public policy and science, and technology and society. Think of it as urban planning with a focus on urban tech. His minors are in Public Policy and Science, Technology, and Society. For fun, he likes to invest, play soccer, read, work out, play FIFA, travel, and explore urban areas. When he was growing up, Mateo wanted to be three things: a government official, a business owner, and a teacher with a research lab.

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Da'Nika Anderson-Gary is a full-time research analyst at Hyundai Capital America. When she's not working with contracts, you can find her in the gym, challenging herself to push further than she did the day before. She believes in challenging herself before life does, so that she's better prepared for life's trials. Da'Nika wanted to be a youth counselor because of the positive experiences she had with a counselor while growing up; now, she wants to use her wisdom and knowledge to help young people believe in themselves. She's also a newlywed and a first-time mom to a beautiful baby girl!

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Teanna Barrett is interested in Social Computing, Computing Ethics, and social activism, and hopes to make these topics the basis of her research at Howard University, where she is a Computer Science major and Philosophy minor. A rising senior, Teanna is the incoming president of the Howard chapter of Society of Women Engineers and facilitates tech justice workshops with the Technology and Power Collective. In her free time, she enjoys baking, crocheting, having picnics, and listening to live music. Some of her role models are political science professor Dr. Joy James, computer scientist Dr. Timnit Gebru, and the rapper Noname.

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Arnold Bhebhe sees role models in people who care about others and support the growth of our society. When he was a kid, he wanted to be a doctor before setting his sights on becoming an engineer and a scientist. These days, Arnold is a rising junior at Alabama State University, where he is studying Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering. To unwind, he enjoys playing soccer and roller skating when he is not watching anime.

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Clara Blackwell likes drawing portraits of people, so if you run into her at ACSC, maybe she will draw one of you. When she's not drawing, Clara enjoys reading and writing fictional works. She is a sophomore at Indiana University, majoring in Arts Management and minoring in Spanish and Information Systems. She admires Malala Yousafzai and S.E. Hinton because of their hard work and the amazing achievements they were able to accomplish as young adults. When Clara was younger, she wanted to be a mail carrier because she thought it would be fun to be on her feet all day; now that she's in college, you can ask her if she still thinks being on her feet all day would be fun.

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Kamani Bryan studied drama during middle school and even took a college-level drama course during high school. These days, she spends her time working at a smoothie shop during the week and at a girls' basketball tournament on the weekends. For fun, Kamani likes to play basketball and hang with friends. Her role models are her mother, grandmother, and two special aunts, Helene and Denise. Kamani's mother is dealing with health issues, but that has not dampened her spirit, and she's showing no signs of giving up any time soon! Kamani's grandmother grew up in the South during a time of racial segregation but didn't let that stop her from receiving an education. Despite already being an accomplished Psychiatrist, Aunt Helene went back to school and recently earned a doctorate. Aunt Denise refuses to take "no" for an answer and is not afraid to speak out on important issues; her bravery inspires Kamani to be bold and unafraid to inspire change.

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Rodrigo Carrasquillo was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and grew up in León, Spain. Rodrigo, who returned to Puerto Rico to study Mathematics at the University of Puerto Rico, believes anyone willing to live for a cause they believe in is worthy of being considered a role model. Outside of the classroom, he enjoys spending time at the beach with his friends.

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Kevin Chen has always wanted to work in information technology. Starting in fifth grade and continuing into college, Kevin could be found working in the school's IT department. A self-starter who was the first in his family to go to college, Kevin is currently in his junior year at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, majoring in Computer Science-Cybersecurity and minoring in Entrepreneurship. When he's not working on coursework, Kevin likes to read fictional novels and get outdoors for some fresh air.

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Nayda Diaz wanted to be a little bit of everything, from teacher to detective to doctor. As an eighth grader, she was introduced to engineering but couldn't decide which type of engineer she wanted to be. After graduating high school, she wanted to study Computer Science and focus on Criminal Justice, possibly to work as a Technical Analyst for the FBI. These days, Nayda attends the Rochester Institute of Technology and majors in Criminal Justice with an immersion in Communication. Her role models are her parents, whose hard work provided opportunities for Nayda and inspired her to work harder, follow her passions, and stand for what she believes in. For fun, she likes to travel and listen to music.

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Aisha Frampton-Clerk was born and raised in London in a very small, tight-knit family. She counts her grandmother as a role model because of the kindness and patience Aisha saw from her while growing up. Aisha, who now lives in New York with her husband, has been an intern at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. While she had a great time during her internship, she realized that architecture may not be her best fit. Although Aisha changed her major from Architecture to Computer Science when she moved to New York, she remains interested in design and art and has been looking at front-end and UX design as she tries different types of programming. Aisha completed a year-long art and design foundation program at the University of the Arts London before her move to New York; she now attends Queensborough Community College.

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Carla Golubev originally wanted to be a writer but decided during her junior year of high school to go in a different direction, choosing to study mechanical engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Carla also works part-time as a shift lead at Walgreens and part-time as a financial aid office assistant at UMBC. In her spare time, she loves to stay active by attending fun workout classes or playing volleyball. Her role model is her older brother, who teases her a bit, but only wants the best for her.

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Kennyde Henry loves meeting new people, so she's excited for ACSC 2022! A self-described "workaholic" who has two jobs, Kennyde is a Computer Science major at Howard Community College. If she's not at work or studying, you can find Kennyde busy with her one of her favorite activities: working as a nail technician. When she was a kid, she wanted to be a basketball player, so when you see her at ACSC, ask her if she wants to talk hoops.

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Gabe Hubbard may come off as shy, but when you get to know him, he's able to open up and be himself. When he was younger, he wanted to be an ice road trucker; those dreams went down the drain once he realized how dangerous the job was. These days, Gabe is an Agricultural Engineering and Technology major at Fort Valley State University. When he's not in school or working on his family's farm, you can find him hunting, mud riding, playing with his dog, and spending time with his family. Gabe's role models are his mother and grandfather, because they set an example of hard work, dedication, and love.

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AJ James-Owolabi wanted to be a pro soccer player, but as time went by, he became more interested in the tech Industry. A native Nigerian, AJ is a Computer Science major at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas. He counts one of his professors, Dr. Suzan Anwar, as a role model because of her academic pedigree and humble disposition. She also has a way of breaking down complex concepts and making them easier to understand, which is a skill AJ wants to emulate. His favorite hobbies are playing soccer, working out with friends, playing video games, and watching movies. He became a fan of classical music three years ago and enjoys the works of Beethoven.

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Christine Jones discovered her interest in management information systems (MIS) while working on an assignment during her freshman year of high school, and her love for American Sign Language developed even earlier than that. Christine's dual interests explain her decision to major in MIS with an immersion in ASL and Deaf Cultural Studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Christine is an avid reader who enjoys young adult fiction. A fun fact about her is that she's an identical twin.

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Jonathan Kurtz got into programming through the influence of a friend and was later introduced to more concrete programming concepts in middle school. These days, he is a freelance software engineer and programming tutor, tutoring through a program called Wyzant. Generally, he tutors on computer science concepts through JavaScript, Java, Rust, or C++. Jonathan values knowledge above all else, and strives to think logically in all situations, which is why his role models are Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, 3b1b, and Thoth. Jonathan sees Hawking as a brilliant mind and counts himself lucky to have been alive during Hawking's years of work. He looks up to Musk because the Tesla CEO has done so much to promote green energy (regardless of any potential ulterior motives or negligence on the part of manufacturing) as well as his adamance on getting humanity off Earth to avoid overpopulation. 3b1b (3 Blue 1 Brown) is a YouTube creator who focuses on advanced mathematical topics. Jonathan looks up to him because he makes learning difficult concepts easy for people with little understanding of the subject at large. Ancient Egyptian deity Thoth is considered by some to be the god of knowledge. In Jonathan's down time, he enjoys playing guitar, piano, and violin, and is addicted to chess theory. If you see him at a chess board and wish to challenge him, good luck.

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Gaby Lahera wanted to be a marine biologist when she was a kid, so it's understandable that she once stuck her finger inside the mouth of a manta ray. She thought it felt like touching dead corals. Gaby is in her junior year at Mount Holyoke College, where she is an Economics major and French minor. She chose to major in Economics because it combines math with social issues, two things near to her heart. In her free time, she likes hiking, crocheting, and dancing. Her favorite dance style is salsa, but she has also done flamenco, hip hop, and bhangra. Gaby's role model is her grandmother, because of her grit. Her grandmother is so grounded on who she is and what she wants that she does not waver in the face of any hardship.

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Santosh Lamichhane remembers his childhood in Nepal as the time of a thousand dreams. Whenever he saw a doctor, a pilot, etc., he wanted to be those people. It wasn't until high school that Santosh decided to be a Computer Engineer and a researcher. An international student, Santosh is majoring in Computer Engineering and minoring in Computer Science and Mathematics at Bethune-Cookman University. In his free time, Santosh likes to watch YouTube videos about the origin of the universe, hang out with his friends, and listen to music. His parents have always been his inspiration because of their unlimited support, hard-work, and tireless efforts to provide a better life for him.

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Sophia Lazcano wanted to be an architect, but her discovery of statistics and computing pushed her toward a more analytical path. Sophia is studying Statistics at Texas A&M University, with concentrations in Computer Science and Mathematics. As a student, she is working toward earning her degree and advancing her skills toward her goal of pursuing a career in Data Science. Outside of her STEM studies, Sophia enjoys drawing, watching movies, listening to music, or playing the flute. Some of her role models are Margaret Hamilton, Keanu Reeves, and Leonardo Da Vinci. Although they come from different backgrounds, she looks up to them because of their accomplishments, perseverance, and dedication to their respective fields.

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Victor Lopez is a first-generation American and college student whose family immigrated from Guatemala. As a child, he wanted to be a doctor, inspired by the challenges his family overcame to survive in America. Currently, Victor is finishing up his third year at Rochester Institute of Technology, where he is majoring in Biomedical Science and minoring in Psychology. In his free time, he enjoys photography, listening to music, and hanging out with friends. He's also into reselling sneakers and premium clothing, so if you're looking to upgrade your wardrobe, he can help!

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Ivan Martinez has one role model: his mother, who raised him and his brothers on her own, looking after them while working multiple jobs. Looking back on his childhood, Ivan has unlimited love and respect for his mother and the sacrifices she made. A former Biology major at Medgar Evers College, he is changing his major to Computer Science because he feels it is a better career fit for him. Originally, he didn't think becoming a CS major was possible, but after seeing tiktok videos of other people changing their majors to Computer Science, he realized it wasn't impossible. His wife encouraged him to make the switch. If you see him around, know that he can juggle and thinks it's a neat trick to show new people.

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Julia Nguyen wanted to be a doctor when she was growing up, because of her frequent trips to see the cardiologist. Julia, who has dealt with heart complications from birth, loved the environment and the people in the cardiologist office. As she got older, she developed an interest in web development and computing, which explains her decision to major in Computer Science at the University of Florida. For fun, Julia loves consuming Japanese media, from novels to music to YouTube videos, putting her minor in Japanese to good use! Julia's role model is her mother, a Vietnamese immigrant who sought refuge in America after the Vietnam War.

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Omar Ocasio is all about music. When he's not working on his Computer Engineering major at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico — Bayamon Campus, he's listening to music. Omar likes orchestral music, instrumental music, progressive rock, and progressive metal. He also is part of a progressive metal band trying to make a splash on the local music scene, so be on the lookout for the "Souvenirs." In addition to his hard-working parents, Omar's role models are Mark Holcomb, Aaron Marshall, due to their immense musical abilities compared to other musicians in the progressive rock and progressive metal scene. He also looks up to Beethoven because of his ability to compose music while being deaf.

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Lola Ofunrein has worked with the Department of State Health Services in Austin, Texas, for the last four years. Her team, the EMS Licensing group, processes licenses for emergency medical service workers. When she's not serving the city of Austin, Lola enjoys watching Nigerian dramas and family movies with her kids, who love her home-cooked Nigerian meals. Her favorite dish to cook is jollof rice with fried plantain, fish, and stew on top. When her kids were younger, they would take their Nigerian food to school and share it with their friends. Lola counts her father as one of her biggest role models because of his military service and how he has provided for his family.

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Kingsley Okparaugo had a lot of "career changes" when he was a young kid. First, he wanted to be a teacher, then a wrestler, then an electrical engineer. Later, he really wanted to be a professional boxer but has now realized his true calling: He wants to be a successful computer scientist. Kingsley is a Computer Science major at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas. While he respects people like Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg because of their successes, he views them as competition and wants to be even more successful. When he's not working as a lab assistant, he spends his downtime playing video games like FIFA World Cup and Call of Duty.

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Adriana Bonilla Romacho has always had her head in the stars. When she was growing up, she wanted to be an astronaut or a scientist, so she could study the stars. When she's not working on her astronomy research at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, the Computer Science and Engineering major enjoys her time leading and managing a project where she and her team are working on building a Jet Propulsion Laboratory Rover. It's no surprise that she loves astronomy and ... Formula One?! All hail Adriana's favorite driver, seven-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton!

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Anu Soneye loves to try new things like learning how to skateboard or playing the piano. She also loves to read nonfiction books, watch anime, and read manga. When she was growing up, Anu wanted to be an animator, since she loves anime and wanted to help create shows. Anu is a freshman Computer Engineering major at Howard University. Her role models are her college advisor and her mother, two women in the electrical engineering field. One day, Anu hopes to emulate her advisor and have her own lab; she also wants to be as loving and selfless as her mother. In high school, Anu did Crossfit for three years.

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Cindy Tran chose to major in Cognitive Science at Lehigh University because it is interdisciplinary and incorporates fields that she's interested in (psychology, philosophy, computer science, and neuroscience). She's also minoring in Chinese, to get more in touch with her Asian heritage and retain her language skills. Both Cindy and her younger sister enjoy older-style architecture (like European castles and villas); Cindy would've liked to learn how to preserve those styles and incorporate them into modern architecture. Her parents are her biggest role models because of their persistence and work ethic. As a young child, Cindy saw her parents work long hours and rotating schedules (mom would work from 6 a.m.-3 p.m., dad would work 3 p.m. to midnight) so that one parent could stay home with the kids. Being away at college has shown Cindy how much her parents sacrificed for the good of her family.

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Usiel Ulloa is busy these days, working full-time as a screener/ambassador at the University of Southern California while also studying Mechanical Engineering at California State University, Los Angeles. To take his mind off such a workload, Usiel likes to watch YouTube videos or play games on his PlayStation 4 or PC. When he was a kid, he wanted to be a police officer or a member of the armed forces. He also ran both cross country and track and field in high school, but despite being a speedster, he's not moving so fast that you're seeing two of him. He has a twin brother enrolled at Cal State!

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Judy Wang is interested in working in patent law. She's also applying to graduate programs to study science journalism or public health programs to see what her options are. Currently, Judy is double majoring in Quantitative Biology and Communication on a pre-law track at the University of Southern California. In her down time, she likes to go on walks with Rosie, her Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Judy's role models are Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Audrey Hepburn, Princess Diana, Grace Kelly, and Hillary Clinton. For a class project, Judy interviewed John Kiriakou, a former CIA agent-turned-whistleblower. She's now working with a professor to try and get the interview published in major news publications.

Meet the Mentors

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Gladys Chen is set to graduate from Oral Roberts University (ORU) with a Mathematics degree at the end of the month. She also has a minor in Youth and Family Ministries and has been working on graduate classes for a Master's in Data Science at ORU. She considers some of her college professors as role models because of the great impact they've had on her life, teaching her the value of using vocational skills to give back to local communities. A Singapore native, Gladys has visited 20 U.S. states and 14 countries, so it's no surprise that she loves traveling and exploring new places.

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Kat Gonzalez is enrolled at Chaminade University, majoring in Criminal Justice and minoring in Data Science. She also works as an undergraduate researcher for the Honolulu County Human Trafficking Task Force. Kat's mother taught her to work hard and never give up, which is why her mother is her biggest role model. Growing up, she wanted to be a doctor or teacher. She was quite the animal wrangler while she was in high school, owning three chicken, three ducks, and two dogs. Kat's hobbies are wide-ranging; she likes hiking, painting, reading, and going on picnics.

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Marco Gonzalez wants to become a successful software engineer and work for a company that believes in creating meaningful products that impact communities in a positive way. To accomplish his goals, Marco is majoring in Computer Science at California State University, Los Angeles. A former student-participant, Marco will be joining Johnson & Johnson after ACSC concludes. In October 2021, he applied for a software engineering intern role at Johnson & Johnson, but because of his experience at ACSC, the hiring team decided to also give him the data analytics intern role as well. Marco's role models are his parents, and he is grateful to them for making sure he always stayed on the right path.

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Frank G. Lujan II graduated from the University of Guam in Mangilao with a degree in Biology. He now works with the Center for Island Sustainability as a Post-Baccalaureate Fellow with the SEAS Islands Alliance, where he works with student programming and assists with NSF grant activities. Inspired by a 2021 trip to Florida where he was able to swim with manatees, Frank wants to attend graduate school and learn more about marine mammals. As a kid, he wanted to be a marine biologist, inspired by Steve Irwin, David Attenborough, and Guam's local biologist Dr. Frank Camacho. In his free time, he likes to go on hikes or snorkel around Guam. If you run into him at ACSC, be sure to say, "Hafa Adai," which is a Chamorro greeting.

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Breana Moreno is a successful desktop administrator with McCoy's Building Supply in their corporate office in San Marcos, Texas. She graduated from Texas State University (TSU) in 2020 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Computer Information Systems. She has plans to pursue a master's degree in Data Science and is looking at TSU as an option. Breana is driven, and she credits her mother for instilling such drive. From personal relationship advice to career direction, Breana's most important role model is her mother. In her down time, she enjoys playing team trivia at a local bar with a group of friends; together, they have won several gift card prizes! As a kid, she thought she would be a contemporary dancer, but realized she didn't have the required coordination. These days, she still loves to dance, but does so around her house or in the car.

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Alii Napoleon runs his own business and is a full-time student at Chaminade University of Honolulu, majoring in Data Science. While he wants to be a health data scientist, he is considering enrolling in medical school to study Osteopathic Medicine. Alii's biggest role model is his father. Though his dad has passed away, Alii still considers him his greatest friend. From a professional standpoint, Alii looks up to Dr. Rylan Chong and Dr. Travis Mukina of Chaminade University, and Dr. Kelly Gaither of The University of Texas at Austin. Alii is a classically trained chef who likes to spend his downtime at the ocean, walking barefoot in nature, cooking, gardening, doing Bikram yoga, and coaching youth sports. Ahola!

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Stacyann Nelson completed her PhD in Experimental Particle Physics at Florida A & M University in July 2021; she is now a physics lecturer at Howard University. A native Jamaican, Stacyann attended the University of Technology, Jamaica for her undergraduate studies. In her spare time, she likes to browse the internet and learn new ways to teach life lessons to her daughter. When Stacyann was a child, her young cousin suffered a severe burn accident. After this tragedy, she wanted to become a medical doctor to help people in rural Jamaica, where there is a shortage of medical professionals and facilities. She counts her mother as a role model, as she saw her mom overcome struggles and challenges and never give up.

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Je'aime Powell wears a lot of hats. He works at the Texas Advanced Computing Center at The University of Texas at Austin, working as a senior system administrator, technical research design analyst, curriculum development specialist, lecturer, and XSEDE Broadening Participation Hackathon coordinator. He's also working on his PhD in Information Systems at Dakota State University. Je'aime graduated from Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science. In 2010, he returned to ECSU to earn his master's degree in Applied Mathematics with a Concentration in Remote Sensing. One of his role models is Dr. Linda B. Hayden of Elizabeth City State University, who nourished his love of computers and helped him add UNIX/Linux (SUN Sparc, SGI, NextGen) to his skillsets while he was still in high school. Dr. Hayden is also the reason Je'aime has a love for both research and outreach. Je'aime considers her a second mom. For fun, he enjoys aquaponic, hydroponic, and container gardening, hiking, camping, fishing, tinkering with electronics, and cycling. Je'aime is known to alternate between saying, "It is what it is"; "Cool beans"; and "Just for giggles, let's try …" If you run into him at ACSC, be prepared to hear these phrases.

Key Points
Expanding Instructional Resources
Infusing Computational Science
Developing a Diverse Workforce
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Advanced Computing for Social Change Institute

Providing transformative student experiences through the application of XSEDE resources and services.


Making change through ACSCI

The Advanced Computing for Social Change Institute offers unique opportunities for undergraduate students who want to enhance their skillset and create positive change in their community.

The programs recruit students from diverse disciplines and backgrounds who want to work collaboratively to:

  • Learn to apply data analysis and computational thinking to a social challenge
  • Experience the latest tools and techniques for exploring data through visualization
  • Expand skills in team-based problem solving
  • Learn how to communicate ideas more effectively to the general public

Eligibility:

  • Be currently enrolled as a full time undergraduate student at an accredited college/university
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States (for ACSC only)
  • Not plan to graduate the semester before or two months after the program
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of at least 2.5/4.0 (or equivalent)
  • Be able to attend a full challenge or competition during program dates
  • Complete the online application form before the deadline

Students from any undergraduate background are eligible, although some preference will be given to women, minorities, students from majors outside computer science, and students at the sophomore or junior level.

Students will be assigned to teams to ensure a balance of backgrounds, and an advisor will be assigned to each team. The costs of airfare, lodging, meals, and conference registration will be provided.

Meet the 2022 Participants

Coming Soon!

The 2022 Advanced Computing for Social Change East Coast event is May 16-20 in Washington, D.C. This four-day event is designed to help young people enhance their Computer Science skillset and create positive changes in their community. Meet the people who will engage in data visualization and data analysis training to explore social challenges. #ACSC2022

Key Points
Developing a Diverse Workforce
Infusing Computational Science
Expanding Instructional Resources
Contact Information