About Us

The Women in HPC (WHPC) network was created with the vision to encourage women to participate in the HPC community by providing fellowship, education, and support to women and the organizations that employ them.

Through collaboration and networking, WHPC strives to bring together women in HPC and technical computing while encouraging women to engage in outreach activities and improve the visibility of inspirational role models.
Women in HPC is supported by EPCC (www.epcc.ed.ac.uk).

We would like to acknowledge additional support for specific activities from:

  • The Software Sustainability Institute through EPSRC grant EP/H043160/1 and EPSRC, BBSRC and ESRC Grant EP/N006410/1.
  • The ARCHER Outreach project through EPSRC grant EP/N006321/1.

 

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  • Dr TONI COLLIS

    Co-Founder Women in HPC

    EPCC, University of Edinburgh

     

Dr Toni Collis is the Executive Director and founder of the Women in HPC (WHPC) network in the UK, as well as an Applications Consultant in HPC Research and Industry at Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC), UK. Within EPCC Toni provides technical expertise on a range of research projects using HPC in academic software, from engineering to biology and teaches on courses in the EPCC MSc in High Performance Computing. Toni is also part of the team that provides technical assistance to the UK national HPC service (ARCHER) community to help users port and optimise codes on ARCHER, and the provision of training for the ARCHER user community. Prior to working at EPCC Toni gained a PhD in computational condensed matter as well as an MSc in HPC and an MPhys in Mathematical Physics. Toni has previously been the Equality and Diversity Coordinator for the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh and as WHPC Director is responsible for leading the network as it grows, running events and is also working on research into diversity in the HPC community, how it can be improved and the unique problems faced by this field. She has been on the organising committee for a variety of workshops and conferences including leading the team for the previous WHPC workshops.

 

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  • ALISON KENNEDY

    Co-founder and Senior Advisor Women in HPC

    Director, Hartree Centre, UK

Alison 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.

  • Kim McMahon

    Marketing, Communications, and Strategy

As the President and CEO of McMahon Consulting and the CEO and co-founder of Xand McMahon, Kim brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her customers. Being in HPC and high-end IT since 1999 with companies such as SGI, Cray, and LSI/NetApp in a range of roles including leading and executing the go-to-market strategy for business units, managing partner relationships, co-marketing, product management, and sales, Kim shapes the strategy and offerings for McMahon Consulting and Xand McMahon while also leading the team on project execution. Working with clients all over the world and in the multiple technologies used in HPC and HPC-like vertical markets, her experience easily translates across borders helping companies bring their products to market in the US – both new products or an expansion into a new territory.

Kim is on the Executive Board of Women in HPC, where she leads the marketing and messaging of the organization, is the Communications lead for the SC17 Inclusivity Committee, manages the social media for HPC Advisory Council, and volunteers with various foundations in the Colorado area to assist with their marketing activities. Kim is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting / Business Administration.

  • Kelly Nolan

    Business Development

Kelly Nolan is Compute Canada’s Executive Director, External Affairs and brings more than 15 years experience in marketing, strategic relations, and business development. She is a communications specialist, having developed bold and innovative engagement and marketing initiatives for a number of national medical societies, health innovation and commercialization hubs, and charitable sectors.

Prior to joining Compute Canada, Kelly was the Director of Communications for the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE), where she successfully led multiple public and government relations strategies, managed large-scale social media and online campaigns, and coordinated several national conferences. Based in Ottawa, Kelly has also held external affairs positions with the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (now Invest Ottawa), the National Capital Institute of Telecommunications (NCIT), and the Communications and Information Technology Ontario (CITO).

  • Dr. Sharon Broude Geva

    Affiliates and Chapters

Sharon Broude Geva is Director of Advanced Research Computing (ARC) at the University of Michigan (U-M). ARC is a unit of the U-M Office of Research created to inspire and support the growing range of research across disciplines requiring advanced computing capabilities. ARC enables computational research at the university through support of programmatic initiatives, multidisciplinary collaboration, instruction, and research computing resources and services. ARC computing services include a 27,000-core shared HPC cluster, research storage, and a network of training, consultation, and support for the research community provided by the ARC- Technology Services unit (ARC-TS). ARC is also home to a consulting and training unit, Consulting for Statistics, Computing, and Analytics Research (CSCAR), and to two affiliated programmatic institutes: the Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering (MICDE), and the Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS).

Sharon serves as Vice-Chair of the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation (CASC), co-chairs the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA)‘s Research Computing Group Peer Group, and is on the Executive Committee of the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation (GLCPC), as well as other U-M and external committees and task forces.

She received her PhD in Computational Physical Chemistry and her BSc in Computer Science and in Chemistry from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Utah.

  • Dr. Lorna Rivera

    Research

Lorna Rivera serves as a Research Scientist in Program Evaluation at the Georgia Tech Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC). Her work focuses on the intersection of scientific content, pedagogy, and equity with the goal of being both methodologically innovative and socially responsible. Rivera has conducted evaluations primarily funded by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure. This has led her to work with over 18 universities as well as multiple international high performance computing centers and organizations such as Compute Canada, EPCC, PRACE, RIKEN, and XSEDE. Rivera received both her Bachelor of Science in Health Education and her Master of Science in Health Education and Behavior from the University of Florida. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, Rivera worked with various institutions, 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.

 

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  • MARJOLEIN OORSPRONG

    Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE)

In 2012 I started as Communications Officer at the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe where I have taken up the challenge of telling the world about the advantages of High-Performance Computing for science, industry and society as a whole. Previously I worked at UNI Global Union. At its European branch UNI Europa in Brussels, I managed multiple EU-funded projects for various sectors. Setting up a European Social Dialogue for the Sport Sector was one of my main achievements

 

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  • Ms ATHINA FRANTZANA,

    Ph.D student, EPCC, University of Edinburgh

I joined the WHPC (Women in High Performance Computing) network in January 2014, as a result of my interest in gender equality and women in Science. I am a PhD research student in EPCC (Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre) at the School of Physics & Astronomy of the University of Edinburgh and a PCD (Principal’s Career Development) Scholarship holder.

My research focuses on gender diversity in the HPC community, the causes, the problems this brings to the community, and the benefits of increasing diversity. I also hope to provide evidence for the effectiveness of a range of approaches designed to improve gender diversity.

I was a member of the organising committee for the University of Edinburgh WISE Workshop 2014 and the WHPC launch and I sit on the School of Physics & Astronomy Equality and Diversity Committee.

I graduated in 2005 from AUTH (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece), with a BSc in Geosciences and in 2009 with an MSc in Petrology-Mineralogy-Geochemistry.