Computing for the Common Good – Women in HPC at PEARC23 – Portland, Oregon

WHPC chapter members participated in an informal mentor-mentee activity at the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation reception on July 24 at the PEARC23 conference in Portland, Oregon. 

This year the CASC team was excited to host an informal session focused on building up the network of early career women in High Performance Computing (HPC) at this year’s PEARC23 conference.  Many of the seasoned leaders in the Research Computing and Data (RCD) ecosystem spent time during the reception speaking with WHPC members, sharing insights. The mood at this event was buzzing! Everyone was infected by the sheer enthusiasm exhibited by many of the early-career and student WHPC members.

How our informal session worked

Potential mentors and mentees congregated at designated tables during the event. CASC members who were willing to serve as mentors picked up stickers to place on their badges if you would like to participate as a mentor.

Mentees sought guidance on anything they were comfortable sharing during an introductory discussion, including career advice, skill development, networking, and work-life balance.

The atmosphere was alive at the session – special thanks to everyone for bringing such wonderful energy.

Overall the event was a great opportunity for our community to come together with the purpose of lifting up new voices and we are grateful to everyone who came along!

Thanks to all of the CASC leaders who volunteered to serve as mentors for the evening, as well as WHPC participants. We are looking forward to participating in a more formal WHPC mentorship program – currently planned to be reintroduced in 2024.

About CASC

The Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation is an educational nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with 100+ member institutions representing many of the nation’s most forward-thinking universities and computing centers. CASC is dedicated to advocating for the use of the most advanced computing technology to accelerate scientific discovery for national competitiveness, global security, and economic success, as well as develop a diverse and well-prepared 21st century workforce. In addition, CASC collaborates with the United Kingdom High Performance Computing Special Interest Group (HPC-SIG) to advance the use of scientific computing across all disciplines, and to support economic and workforce development in high performance computing-related fields.