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2013 Campus Champions Fellows Named

Just a few weeks after XSEDE's burgeoning Campus Champions program named its 200th member, the project has named six Campus Champions Fellows for the next calendar year.

The Fellows program partners Campus Champions with Extended Collaborative Support Services (ECSS) staff and research teams to work side by side on research projects. The Fellows develop a high level of expertise within a particular aspect of what XSEDE has to offer for them to share with the students, administrators, staff and faculty on their campuses.

The Campus Champions Fellows are: James McClure (Virginia Tech), Ben Ong (Michigan State), Eric Shook (Kent State), Shawn Duan (South Dakota State), Alla Kammerdiner (New Mexico State), and Luis Cueva-Parra (Auburn-Montgomery).

Each Fellow has made a 400-hour time commitment that includes two visits between 7-14 days to an ECSS or research team site in order to enhance the collaboration.

Each of the six Fellows is expected to be in San Diego for the XSEDE13 conference July 22-25, where they will be formally announced. The four Fellows named in July of 2012 – the first class in the program's history – have graduated from their Fellowship, and will discuss their work at the conference.

Those wishing to attend the conference can still book block rooms in San Diego until June 28. Visit here to see more information about hotel and travel accommodations for XSEDE'13:

Campus CHampions Fellow
ECSS Member
(XSEDE Facility)
James McClure
(Virginia Tech)
Katsuyo Thornton 
Frank Willmore
Ben Ong
(Michigan State)
Yang Zhang
(NC State)
Haihang You
Eric Shook
(Kent State)
Curtis Marean
(Arizona State)
David O'Neal
Shawn Duan
(South Dakota State)
Xiao-Qian Wang
(Clark Atlanta)
Jacek Jakowski
Alla Kammerdiner
(New Mexico State)
Mao Ye
Bob Sinkovits
Luis Cueva-Parra
(Auburn – Montgomery)
Doug Spearot
Yang Wang


McClure, a computational scientist with Advanced Research Computing at Virginia Tech University, is paired with Frank Wilmore, a research associate with the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin. McClure has extensive experience in heterogeneous parallel programming, particularly on systems equipped with accelerators, and is interested in developing approaches that utilize the Intel Xeon Phi architecture to accelerate large-scale simulations. McClure and Wilmore will be supporting PI Katsuyo Thornton, an associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan. Incorporating components from both high-performance computing and large-scale visualization, this project will utilize TACC's Stampede to study the microstructure of solid oxide fuel cells and identify ways to enhance the viability of this emerging clean energy technology.

Duan, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at South Dakota State University, is paired with Jacek Jakowski of the National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Duan and Jakowski will be aiding PI Xiao-Qian Wang of Clark Atlanta University in Materials Research: Quantum Simulation of Nanocomposite Materials. Duan believes the Campus Champions Fellows program is important in order to have a Fellow apply his or her experience to a research project, while at the same time, the Fellow can learn from  the PI and other XSEDE scientists throughout the project. "It should be a win-win case," Duan said.

Shook will be an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Kent State University in Fall 2013, with expertise in distributed memory applications (i.e. MPI), high-performance computing and geographic information systems and spatial modeling. Shook will partner with David O'Neal of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), where Shook looks forward to improving his expertise in shared memory development and optimization. Shook and O'Neal will be aiding PI Curtis Marean of Arizona State University. "I can gain useful skills under the advisement of David while contributing to Curtis Marean's project," Shook said of the Campus Champions Fellows project. "I can take these skills back to my campus and share them, and my experiences, with other Campus Cahmpions to help them develop similar skills. In addition, this may be an opportunity to serve as a starting point for future collaborations between myself and Curtis and David."

Cueva-Parra is an associate professor at Auburn-Montgomery in the Department of Mathematics in the School of Sciences, where much of his research has involved the use of non-continuum methods, such as Molecular Dynamics, applied to complex physical and/or chemical phenomena. Cueva-Parra is teaming up with Yang Wang of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) in order to aid the research by PI Doug Spearot, an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Arkansas. The research is to use Stampede and Gordon computing resources in order to compute surface energies of selected stable and metastable phases of alumina over a range of temperatures and study damage induced by ion bombardment on a subset of the alumina surfaces. "The Campus Champions Fellows program facilitates access to modern high-performance computing resources and expertise," Cueva-Parra said. "This process is more inviting and personal, and less intimidating."

Ong, a research specialist at the Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research at Michigan State University, is paired with Haihang You, a research associate at the National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Ong brings many years of scientific computing and high-performance expertise to the program and hopes to learn more about the nuts and bolts of the Weather Research Forecasting Model (WRF).  Ong and You are supporting PI Yang Zhang's Multiscale Climate and Earth System Modelling. Zhang is a professor in the Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at North Carolina State University.   The project focuses on profiling and improving the scalability and performance of the WRF software suite. "The Campus Champions Fellow role is a natural expansion of my role to help users transition form their desktop workstations to a University supercomputer, and then on to national supercomputing resources," Ong said.

Kammerdiner, an assistant professor of Industrial Engineering at New Mexico State University, is paired with Bob Sinkovits, a Scientific Applications Lead at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC). In addition to her new role as a Campus Champions Fellow, Kammerdiner was recently recognized as XSEDE's 200th Campus Champion. Kammerdiner brings scientific computing, econometrics, and data mining expertise to the program, and hopes to advance her supercomputing skills. Kammerdiner and Sinkovits are supporting PI Mao Ye's project on Constructing Nanosecond Level Snapshot of Financial Markets Using Supercomputers. Mao Ye is a Beckman Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies and Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The project focuses on analysis of stock market activity and detection of suspicious behavior or events, such as computer-based high-frequency trading, with a goal of providing evidenced-based policy recommendation to U.S. stock market regulators. "It's very interesting research, but doing this is for growing and improving myself, as well," Kammerdiner said.