22 students selected for Blue Waters Student Internship Program

05.04.15 -

Shodor and the Blue Waters project have selected 19 undergraduate students and three graduate students from across the country to participate in the Blue Waters Student Internship Program for 2015-2016. Interns will learn to apply high-performance computing to problems in science, mathematics, and engineering through the year-long program. Their experience will begin later this month with a two-week Petascale Institute at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).

Up to 1 percent of the computing capacity of Blue Waters is available for education and workforce development efforts aimed at preparing the next generation of students and teachers to tackle challenges with advanced computing power.

The 2015-2016 Blue Waters Interns

  • Olivia Alford, Centre College
    Mentor: David Toth, Centre College
    Project: Drug Discovery Performance Comparison
  • Andrew Biedermann, University of Virginia
    Mentor: Michael Shirts, University of Virginia
    Project: Modeling the Molecular Properties of Polymer Membranes for Water Purification
  • Max Collins, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Mentor: Alan Craig, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Project: Augmented Reality Visualization of Blue Waters Data
  • Daniel Couch, Wofford College
    Mentor: Angela Shiflet, Wofford College
    Project: Implementing HPC Bioinformatics Algorithms
  • Francisco Gonzalez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Mentor: Arif Masud, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Project: Addressing FSI Issues in Blood-Artery Interaction Models
  • Felipe Gutierrez, University of Wisconsin at Madison
    Mentor: Dan Negrut, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Project: Modeling and Simulation of Large-scale Fluid-Solid Interaction Problems
  • Joseph Haddad, The University of Akron
    Mentor: Tim O'Neil, The University of Akron
    Project: Parallel Implementation of Bayesian Network Structure Learning Algorithms
  • Dinushka Herath, Clark Atlanta University
    Mentor: Dinadayalane Tandabany, Clark Atlanta University
    Project: Undergraduate Internship for Computational Nano-engineering Research
  • Harshil Kamdar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Mentor: Robert Brunner, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Project: Machine Learning Applied to Cosmological Simulations
  • Platon Karpov, State University of New York at Stony Brook
    Mentor: Alan Calder, Stony Brook University
    Project: Toward Simulating Black Widow Binaries with CASTRO
  • Qingyuan Liu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Mentor: Diwakar Shukla , University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Project: Simulations of Gas Diffusion in Hydrogenases
  • Richard Long, Washington State University
    Mentor: Ananth Kalyanaraman, Washington State University
    Project: Topological Analysis for Plant Phenomics Data
  • Venkata Suhas Maringanti, Trinity College in Connecticut
    Mentor: Peter Yoon, Trinity College in Connecticut
    Project: VLSI Routing and Estimation
  • Linh Van Nguyen, Hampden-Sydney College
    Mentor: Paul Hemler, Hampden-Sydney College
    Project: HPC Database Implementation Intern
  • Eric Peterson, Waubonsee Community College
    Mentor: Victor Pinks, Marmion Academy
    Project: How to Build a Fast HPC n-Body Engine from Scratch
  • Kiara Wootson, Bethune-Cookman University
    Mentor: Raphael Isokpehi, Bethune-Cookman University
    Project: Predicting Microbial Genome-Encoded Biomolecular Networks
  • Tara Urner, Earlham College
    Mentor: Charlie Peck, Earlham College
    Project: BioInformatics with Mothur
  • Shariemar Lopez Vazquez, Universidad de Puerto Rico en Mayaguez
    Mentor: Ana Gonzalez, Universidad de Puerto Rico en Mayaguez
    Project: Parallelizing Suffix Array Construction
  • Wesley Yu, University of Texas at Austin
    Mentor: Hans Mark, University of Texas at Austin
    Project: Non-Impulsive Trajectory Modeling for Interplanetary Cargo Missions

Several graduate students are also participating in the internship program. They are:

  • Ran Sun, Louisiana Tech University
    Mentor: Tom Bishop, Louisiana Tech University
    Project: Genomics in 3D: Overnight Comparative Studies of Mono-Nucleosomes
  • Anik Karan, Louisiana Tech University
    Mentor: Tom Bishop, Louisiana Tech University
    Project: Genomics in 3D: Overnight Comparative Studies of Mono-Nucleosomes
  • Yuezhi Li, Illinois State University
    Mentor and project TBD

In addition to the Blue Waters interns, students in the XSEDE Scholars program will also participate in the two-week petascale workshop, as will University of Illinois students Moeen Meigooni and Erik Saathoff.

Blue Waters, supported by the National Science Foundation and the University of Illinois, is one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers and the fastest on a university campus. In collaboration with Blue Waters, Shodor and the National Computational Science Institute provide support and content for the internship program and Petascale Institute. Shodor, a national resource for computational science education, is located in Durham, North Carolina, and serves students and educators nationwide.

National Science Foundation

Blue Waters is supported by the National Science Foundation through awards ACI-0725070 and ACI-1238993.