At the annual meeting of the Education Chapter of SIG HPC this May, Fernanda Foertter, a User Support Specialist at the US Department of Energy's (DOE's) Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), was nominated and elected to the position of SIGHPC Education Committee Vice Chair. In this position, Fernanda Foertter will support the goals of SIGHPC Education to promote increased knowledge and greater interest in the educational and scientific aspects of HPC.
"Organisations such as SIGHPC broadens our periphery of other individuals within the HPC field. By connecting with my peers, I can make better decisions about what kinds of HPC training are needed and desired both within and outside of our own lab", Fernanda Foertter stated.
Through the Education Committee of SIGHPC, seminars and trainings are offered on a number of topics ranging from the incorporation of HPC curriculum in high school classrooms to exploring the use of Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCS) and Small Private Online Courses (SPOCS) training in the realm of Big Data. These virtual training sessions allow HPC professionals to virtually connect and collaborate with their peers across the globe.
"Through SIGHPC we can provide tools in HPC education for a variety of audiences, whether that's for post-graduate and college students, or all the way down to high school and even kids. In doing so, we are working as a community invested in reducing the learning curve of the field and encouraging the exploration of HPC resources", she stated.