Sun 13, Nov, 2022
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
650 S Griffin St
Dallas, Texas, 75202
United States

WHPC Poster Reception Attendees

Workshop - Diversifying the HPC Community and Engaging Allies

Women in HPC is once again pleased to announce our 12th Annual Supercomputing conference workshop discussing diversity and inclusivity topics. Activities will bring together women and male allies from across the international HPC community, provide opportunities to network, showcase the work of inspiring women, and discuss how we can all work towards improving the under-representation of women in supercomputing.

The need for greater diversity and inclusivity in the HPC community has continued to grow in importance amongst researchers, managers, institutions and companies alike. This workshop will recognize and discuss the challenges of improving the proportion of women in the HPC community, and is relevant for employers and employees throughout the supercomputing workforce who are interested in addressing diversity. Previous Women in HPC workshops at SC were great successes, with both in-person and online attendance exceeding with over 100 attendees, and our early career talks putting over 20-30 talented women’s work on showcase each year.

Sessions will focus on the following areas:

  • Surviving difficult events and how to minimize the impact on your career
  • Managing and resolving imposter syndrome
  • Building an effective professional network
  • How to get a new job or promotion
  • Behaviors for inclusion: coping strategies for unconscious bias and micro-aggression
  • Being a parent, guardian and caregiver: dealing with the guilt
  • Pointers on making and engaging male allies at workplace

The workshop will provide activities of interest to three particular groups:

  • Those responsible for hiring and recruiting staff that are interested in increasing diversity and retention of underrepresented groups in their organisation;
  • Early and mid career women working in HPC who wish to improve their career opportunities;
  • Diversity allies: those wishing to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace culture who want to learn and share tips and methods for bringing about cultural change.

The day will include presentations from early career women showcasing their HPC work in a lightning talks session, networking, and the opportunity to meet mentors and peers. We will include talks that will provide instructions for advocates and allies with strategies for improving workplace diversity, and becoming a part of the solution. We will also include a series of short talks on career focused topics, including: building and maintaining workplace resilience, best practices from organizations on improving workplace diversity and challenges and opportunities for women in entrepreneurship/venture capital. This will provide the attendees with tools on becoming a better leader in the workforce, effectively dealing with challenges at work, and managing work-life balance.

Provisional Agenda

Session One: Promoting the Visibility of Women in HPC
8:45 AM Welcome Committee Co-Chair

Mozhgan Kabiri Chimeh

Digital Experience

Wil Mayers, Alces Flight

9:00 – 10:00 AM “Mentor, Coach, Sponsor: What to ask for when” Distinguished Speaker

Trish Damkroger, HPE

10:00 – 10:30 AM Coffee + Comfort Break
10:30 – 11:30 AM
  • Effective Negotiation – Tips + Tricks to Land the Job That You Want
  • What is Diversity Tax?  Why underrepresented groups always pay extra in their careers.
  • Fostering an inclusive HPC environment: hard-graft or magic?
Invited Speakers

  • Kate Carter, ORNL
  • Cristin Merritt, Alces Flight
  • Alan Real, Durham University
11:30 – 12:00 PM Panel: How can we, as a community, better promote women and underrepresented groups in HPC? Panel Moderator

Elsa Gonsiorowski

11:50 – 12:00 PM Group Photo!
12:00 – 1:30 PM Lunch Break
Session Two: Early Career Speakers and Tools to Level Up Your Career and Personal Well Being Committee Co-Chair

Mozhgan Kabiri Chimeh

Digital Experience

Stu Franks, Alces Flight

1:30 – 2:00 PM Early Career Lightning Talks
  • Lishan Yang, George Mason University
  • Ke Fan, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Nesrine Khouzami, Technische Universität Dresden
  • Anjus George, ORNL
  • Cassandra Rocha Barbosa, Atos
  • Jean Sexton, Berkeley Lab
2:00 – 3:00 PM Interactive Networking Session Session Leader

Manisha Salve, ThinkParQ

3:00 – 3:30 PM Coffee + Comfort Break
3:30 – 5:00 PM
  • To have it all – How to not miss out without burning out
  • Mentoring to Help Overcome Imposter Syndrome
  • Work-Life Balance: It Takes a Village
  • TBC
Invited Speakers

  • Helena Liebelt, Deggendorf Institute of Technology
  • Jay Lofstead, Sandia National Labs
  • AJ Lauer, NCAR
  • Fernanda Foertter, Voltron Data
5:00 PM Final Remarks Committee Co-Chair

Gokcen Kestor

Invited Speakers, Panelists and Chairs

Trish Damkroger, HPE

Senior Vice President and Chief Product Officer
HPC & AI Business Group
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Trish Damkroger joined Hewlett Packard Enterprise in April 2022 as Senior Vice President and Chief Product Officer for the HPC & AI business unit. In this role, she leads the end-to-end product strategy for the organization, driving efforts to scale the business to enable the next wave of growth and innovation.

Prior to joining HPE, Trish was Vice President and General Manager of the HPC group at Intel, responsible for setting the technical HPC strategy from exascale to department level supercomputers.

Before Intel, Trish was the Acting Associate Director of Computation at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory leading a group of more than athousand supercomputing engineering and scientific experts. She has also served as Program Manager for the Advanced & Exploratory Weapon System Program at Sandia National Laboratories where she managed technical programs related to advanced weapon technology. Since 2006, Trish has been a leader of the annual Supercomputing Conference (SC) series, the premier international meeting for high performance computing.

Trish holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the California Polytechnic State University and a Master of Science degree inElectrical Engineering from Stanford University.a

Kate Carter, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

Senior Talent Acquisition Partner
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Kate Carter is a Senior Talent Acquisition Partner for Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  She has 20 years of experience working in the field of technical recruiting.  For the past 13 years she has focused on recruiting scientific and technical staff and leadership within HPC and other areas of computing.  She spends most of her time hunting passive candidates and partnering with hiring managers to fill their positions. In her spare time she enjoys running and fitness activities and spending time with her family.

Jay Lofstead, Sandia National Laboratories

Principal Member of Technical Staff
Acting Manager of the Software Engineering and Research Department

Jay’s research interests focus around large scale data management and trusting scientific computing. In particular, he works on storage, IO, metadata, workflows, reproducibility, software engineering, machine learning, and operating system-level support for any of these topics.  He has also continues to dedicate his time to mentorship projects and increasing diversity and inclusivity in HPC, serving as this year’s SC22 Inclusivity Chair.

Dr. Lofstead received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2010.

Helena Liebelt, Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT)

Professor of Computer Science
CISO and Director of IT

Helena founded her first digital start-up company at the age 18, while still studying Computer Science. She started her Intel career in 2005 as an Application Engineer within the Software and Solutions Group (SSG), developing good understanding of software products and the ISV market. She moved on building a SW lab supporting internal engineering community as well as external customers.

Since 2010 Helena was leading the HPC Market in Germany for almost a decade.

In 2018 Helena received the prestigious Intel Achievement Award, Intel’s highest Honour, for her contribution to HPC. She has Doctorate in Economics (“Strategic change management in post crisis environment”) as well as formal education in Business Administration and Computer Science.

In 2018 Helena received a tenured position as a Professor of Computer Science at her Alma Mater, the Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT), where she build the first European “HPC and Quantum Computing” master program at the DIT in autumn 2021 with a high demand of students followed by a new bachelor Program on “Data Center Management” starting in 2022.

Helena is also the CISO and Director of the IT-Centre in charge of University IT.

Alan Real, Durham University + N8-CIR

Director of Advanced Research Computing (ARC)
Technical Director, N8 Centre for Computationally Intensive Research (N8-CIR)

Alan Real is the Director of Advanced Research Computing (ARC) at Durham University, Technical Director of the N8 Centre for Computationally Intensive Research (N8-CIR) that is established as a chapter of WHPC, and Director of its EPSRC Tier-2 service, Bede.

Beginning his career as a Beowulf system administrator after a PhD in Molecular Biophysics, Alan has undertaken roles in HPC user support before moving towards developing and managing research computing units both within IT organisations and as a dedicated department within research division.

Alan held Executive roles within the High Performance Computing Special Interest Group for several years and has recently concluded his term as Chair of the committee that assists STFC with its oversight of DiRAC.

AJ Lauer, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Outreach, Diversity, and Education Team Lead
SC21 Inclusivity Chair

AJ Lauer is the Outreach, Diversity, and Education Team Lead in the Computational and Information Systems Lab at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. She focuses on inclusion and workforce development in HPC. AJ served as the SC21 Inclusivity Chair and continues to work with the conference through the Steering Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion. AJ holds a Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Masters in Higher Education Administration from Florida International University, and a Doctor of Education degree in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University.

Cristin Merritt, Alces Flight

Program Manager
Change Management and New Technology Adoption

With over 15 years of experience in Enterprise technology and 6 within HPC, Cristin brings to the table a diverse set of skills aimed at assisting clients in balancing the platforms, tools, and technology required to make their HPC service build successful.  At Alces Flight Cristin has focused on subscription-based HPC projects ranging on-premises, mixed and hybrid stacks, open-source, and cloud native HPC.

Prior to Alces, Cristin has spent time working in financial filing initiatives focused on the digitisation of tax records, with SAP implementations in the US, UK, and EMEA, and in working within the Houston city council as campaign manager and grassroots fundraiser.  She was pleasantly surprised to learn that all these skills have managed to be quite useful in her current line of work.

Within the HPC community Cristin serves as the volunteer Social Media Editor for Women in HPC and the Supercomputing Conference (SC) series.  She is also an active member of the Society of Research Software Engineers.

Cristin graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Classics and fell into working in tech while living in Houston, Texas.  Currently, she resides in Oxford, England with her husband, son, and far too many animals.

Manisha Salve, ThinkParQ

Principal Software Engineer

Manisha Salve joined ThinkParQ as Principal Software Engineer in February 2021. At ThinkParQ she leads the BeeGFS features and Tools  development.
She has over 16 years of product development experience in Storage/Filesystem and High Performance computing. She is founder and CEO of Paroscale Technologies Pvt Ltd. Paroscale focuses on helping the partners develop product/solutions for HPC and other distributed systems.

Early Career Speakers

Lishan Yang, George Mason University (GMU)


SUGAR: Speeding Up GPGPU Application Resilience Estimation with Input Sizing

Lishan Yang is a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at George Mason University. She received a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from William & Mary in 2022, under the supervision of Prof. Evgenia Smirni. Her research interest falls in GPU architecture, reliability analysis, performance analysis, workload characterization of large-scale systems, reliability of HPC and large scale systems. Before coming to W&M, She got her bachelor degree in computer science from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2016.

Anjus George, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)


QuickSilver: A Distributed Policy Driven Data Management System

Anjus George is an HPC Systems Software Engineer at the National Center for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She primarily works on improving and enhancing Lustre file system, HPC storage performance and failures, and developing system software for scientific Edge ecosystems. Prior to joining ORNL, she earned her PhD from University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He PhD was focused on designing and optimizing distributed systems that enable machine vision at the IoT Edge. Her research interests included distributed systems, machine learning, and Edge computing. She has also worked as a Software Product Developer with Robert Bosch India, where she worked on developing engine management software for European automobiles.

Cassandra Rocha Barbosa, Atos


Runtime Solutions to HPC Applications’ Dynamic Imbalance

Cassandra has completed a double degree, a master’s degree in high performance computing at the University of Reims Champagne Ardenne, France and a master’s degree in science computing at the University of Quebec in Chicoutimi, Québec, Canada. After an internship of 6 months at Atos, she started her PhD in 2020 in HPC with support from Atos and the University of Reims Champagne Ardenne. Cassandra’s PhD subject is “How can we use all resources of a supercomputer with collaboration between different runtimes?”. She is now in her final year, which is being spent partly at the CEA in France. She was also proud to participate in the EU project DEEP-SEA.

Jean Sexton, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)


Performance Optimizations within GPU Memory Constraints in Nyx Cosmology Code

Nesrine Khouzami, Technical University Dresden


Problem Solving Environment and Compiler Optimizations for High Performance Particle-Mesh Numerical Simulations

Nesrine Khouzami received her bachelor and master degrees from the Superior National Engineering School of Tunis (Ensit) respectively in June 2010 and February 2013. Her master thesis was about designing a decentralized approach for resources reservation in desktop grids. Then, she joined the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) for a year and seven months, where she worked on leveraging high-performance in-memory key-value data stores to accelerate data intensive tasks. In 2017, Nesrine joined the Chair for Compiler Construction at TU Dresden in Germany as research assistant, she is working on domain specific languages and compiler optimisations (e.g, for computational biology) in the high-performance computing domain.

Ke Fan, University of Alabama, Birmingham


Optimizing the Bruck Algorithm for All-to-all Communication

Ke Fan is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the computer science department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, advised by Sidharth Kumar. Her research orientations are high-performance communication and I/O and scientific data analytics and visualization. Applications running on exascale systems must adapt to increasing degrees of parallelism that are going to put tremendous stress on overall data movement, be it over the interconnect network or to the parallel storage system. It becomes necessary to have systems that have highly scalable data exchange and I/O phases — any degree of load imbalance will lead to sub-optimal performance. Ke’s research focuses on developing solutions for managing imbalances in both parallel I/O and a sub-set of communication that have been traditionally overlooked by HPC users. In particular, she has developed 1) solutions for dealing with load-imbalance created by modern compression libraries and 2) optimization of both uniform and non-uniform all-to-all communication among processes. Ke is proudly a straight-A student in UAB, and has already published two conference papers at HiPC and HPDC, a workshop paper at IPDPS, and a poster at SC — all top-tier conference venues in high-performance computing (HPC). Ke is deeply committed to my research and will devote myself to HPC.


The WHPC workshop at SC22 would not be possible without a dedicated team of volunteers.

Workshop Committee

This workshop would not be possible without the talents of:

  • Workshop Co-Chairs:
    • Misbah Mubarak, Nvidia
    • Mozhgan Kabiri Chimeh, Nvidia
    • Gokcen Kestor, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
  • Mentoring Co-Chairs:
    • Elsa Gonsiorowski, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)
    • Lisa Claus, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Submission Co-Chairs:
    • Jessica Dagostni, UCSC
    • Elisabetta Boella, Lancaster University & Cockcroft Institute
  • Communications Chair: Cristin Merritt, Alces Flight
  • Invited Talks Chair: Mariam Umar, Intel
  • Digital Experience Co-Chair:s
    • Wil Mayers, Alces Flight
    • Stu Franks, Alces Flight
  • Logistics Co-Chairs:
    • Matt Vaughan, AWS
    • Ed Keeley, AWS

SC22 Supporters

Our SC22 Events would not be possible without the following:
Anchor Supporters
Career Supporters
Diversity Supporter
Diversity Amplifiers
Media Supporters

Early Career Lightning Talks


A cornerstone of our workshop is inviting submissions from women to present on their work in HPC as a short lightning talk to our attendees. For those who are chosen to present, there will be the opportunity to meet with leaders and employers from across the HPC community at this workshop, giving you an opportunity to discuss your work with them.

Submissions for talks are invited as extended abstracts (up to 2 pages) in any area that utilizes High Performance Computing. Successful authors will be asked to provide a version of their work highlighting its goals, accomplishments and impact to present on no more than three slides. Authors are also expected to give a short lightning talk (3 minutes) at the workshop itself.

We are encouraging women who consider themselves to be ‘early career’ (i.e. still studying or within five years of graduation or transition into the field) to participate, however this opportunity is open to help everyone who feels they may benefit from presenting their work, irrespective of career stage.  As HPC is a large community which encompasses many different roles, we welcome both technical and non-technical contributors to submit about their work in order to broaden the knowledge of all those to attend our workshop.

  • Networking: build your HPC network, meet peers and potential employers.
  • Advice and mentoring: Receive expert advice and mentorship to help prepare for your presentation, including slides, how to structure a lightning talk for effective communication and how to make the most of the networking time afterwards.

Submissions are invited on all topics relating to HPC from users and developers. All abstracts should emphasize the impact of the work such as the problem you are seeking to solve, the community benefits from investigating this work with or alongside of HPC, the computational resources and/or facilities used, any challenges noted and/or overcome, as well as any other challenges you wish to highlight.


Submission details are as follows:

  1. Author/presenter information (For all authors):
    • first and last name;
    • current institution(s);
    • short biography (max 250 words);
    • company/institution;
    • country; and
    • photograph for website publicity.
  2. Lightning talk information
    • Title;
    • Abstract (no more than 2 pages).
  3. Extended Abstract
    • Short extended abstract (up to 150 words)

Our successful applicants will have the opportunity to share your work with the workshop audience in a brief lightning talk. This will be followed by the coffee break where attendees will have the opportunity to discuss your work with you directly. Our speakers will also have the opportunity to work with a mentor to help polish their presentation.

There are three key areas we would like you to highlight in your lightning talk.  These are:

  • objectives of the work being discussed;
  • accomplishments so far;
  • goals of the work.

You will be asked to send us your slides in advance of the workshop.  Details to be made available on that process soon.


Please login to the SC Submissions site to commence your application.*

  • Select tab ‘Make a New Submission’
  • Search in the right column titled: ‘Workshops’
  • Scroll down or search for the submission site titled: ‘Women in HPC.’
  • Enter your abstract details and submit!

Have any questions for us?  Please contact info@womeninhpc.org.

Good luck and we hope to see you presenting in Dallas this November!


* Supercomputing (SC) submissions require an account in order to place your abstract in for consideration.  Once you create an account you can utilise this for any abstracts you wish to submit to this or any future Supercomputing (SC) conference.

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