ISC 2016 Workshop Panel

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Panel Session: Diversity in the Workplace

The panel at the Fourth International Women in HPC workshop, at ISC High Performance 2016, will discuss methods that to improve workplace diversity, the challenges, successes and pitfalls they have experienced.


    CEO, McMahon Consulting

    As the President and CEO of McMahon Consulting, a full-service marketing firm, I specialize in working with HPC and technology companies.

    I’ve worked in HPC and technology since 1999 with SGI, Cray, ADIC, LSI / NetApp, and Brocade. I’ve held a range of roles – sales, product management, running business units, and marketing. I’ve had the opportunity to travel all over the world working with different types of customers and in multiple technologies such as compute, storage, networking, infrastructure, software, and services.

    I am on the National Board of the National Association of Women Business owners, I volunteer my time and marketing skills for various foundations in the Colorado area, and I mentor many women in business on topics ranging from work/life balance to career growth.

    I grew up and live in Colorado. In my free time, you will find me outdoors skiing, hiking or walking my dogs.


    Senior Scientist & the Data Science and Technology Department Head, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

    AgarwalDr. Agarwal’s current research focuses on developing computational tools to enable scientists to more effectively organize and use their data to understand and mitigate climate change. She has worked on projects involving watershed understanding, tropical forests, soil carbon, carbon capture, cosmology, particle accelerators, and satellite data.

    Dr. Agarwal earned her BS in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.  Her MS and PhD are from University of California, Santa Barbara in Computer Engineering. Dr. Agarwal’s career has taken her around the world including spending time consulting at the United Nations in Vienna, travel to India, travel to Japan and Taiwan, and a year working in Rennes, France on sabbatical at Inria. Dr. Agarwal is committed to increasing diversity of computing and is involved in organizing mentoring programs to help underrepresented groups succeed.


    Director, Hartree Centre, UK

    AlisonAlison Kennedy is the current Managing Director of PRACE and is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Partnership for Research Computing in Europe (PRACE). She joined the STFC Hartree Centre in the UK as Director in March 2016.

    The Hartree Centre provides collaborative research, innovation and development services that accelerate the application of HPC, data science, analytics and cognitive techniques, working with both businesses and research partners to gain competitive advantage. Prior to joining Hartree, she worked in a variety of managerial and technical HPC roles at EPCC for more than 23 years.


    I-STEM Senior Research Specialist, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Lorna Rivera
    Lorna Rivera serves as an I-STEM Senior Research Specialist working on a nationwide project funded by the National Science Foundation: Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE). XSEDE seeks to help scientists and engineers around the world use their collection of integrated advanced digital resources and services to advance research in order to make us all healthier, safer, and better off.

    Lorna Rivera received her Bachelor of Science in Health Education and her Master of Science in Health Education and Behavior from the University of Florida. In 2011, she was certified as a Health Education Specialist by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. Prior to joining I-STEM in Illinois, Lorna worked with various organizations, including the March of Dimes, Shands HealthCare, and the University of Florida College of Medicine. Her research interests include the evaluation of innovative programs and their sustainability, and health education and promotion programs.


    General Manager, High Performance Computing Platform Software

    UlgenFigen joined Intel in November 2014 after 20+ years in software industry with experience in Technical Computing, Cloud and Data Science fields and is responsible for HPC Platform Software technologies for static and cloud workloads.

    Most recently she was with Microsoft for 13 years in various software management and strategic planning roles that included Azure team and HPC team. Prior to Microsoft, Figen worked at McKinsey & Co consulting for Fortune 500 companies, at Motorola shipping software for mobile phones that earned her patents as a research scientist and in Justsystem Corp in Japan developing office suite of products for Japanese market. Her passion for intelligent systems is an extension of her PhD in Machine Learning and MSc in Expert Systems which she completed under a Fulbright scholarship.

    Figen enjoys coaching women for career development, has been a Brownie Troop leader and has held a VP position in a non-profit organization in Japan to provide humanitarian aid to women all around the world impacted by the regional unrest.