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

    Women in HPC Director

    EPCC, University of Edinburgh

     

Toni Collis is the 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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  • 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.

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  • Mr ADRIAN JACKSON

    EPCC, University of Edinburgh

     

Adrian Jackson is Technical Architect at EPCC, University of Edinburgh, where he has worked for the past 11 years. He has worked with a wide range of academic and industry partners to provide HPC expertise and effort. He has also developed and teaches a number of courses as part of EPCC’s Masters Programme and for external organisations and academic parties.

Currently he manages a team of researchers that works closely with a range of s

cientists to provide HPC knowledge and support, including through the NAIS (Numerical Algorithms and Intelligent Software) and Nu-FuSE (the G8 funded Nuclear Fusion Simulation at Exascale) projects.

He received an MSc in High Performance Computing from EPCC in 2002, following the award of a first class Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from The University of Edinburgh.

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  • Mrs ALISON KENNEDY,

    Women in HPC Senior Advisor

    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.

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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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  • Dr LORNA SMITH

    EPCC, University of Edinburgh

     

I graduated from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow in 1994 in Pure Chemistry. From 1994 to 1997 I carried out a PhD, also in the Chemistry Department at Strathclyde University.

I have been at EPCC since 1997 where I have been involved in research, training and user support. My research interests are mainly focussed on investigating new languages for High Performance Computing, such as Java and OpenMP. I manage the High Performance Computing Initiative project at EPCC and provides in-depth support to national and local users of EPCC’s HPC facilities. I teach on a range of courses at the centre and currently coordinate the EPCC MSc course on “Object-Oriented Programming for HPC”.

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  • Kim McMahon

     

    McMahon Consulting, Inc.

     

Kim McMahon is the President and CEO of McMahon Consulting, a full-service marketing firm entrenched in the HPC and Enterprise Technical Computing space.  She has nearly 20 years of experience in Linux/Open Source, Compute, Storage, Networking, Cloud, Big Data, and Professional Services from working in a variety of roles such as sales, product management, running business units, and marketing. Kim has marketed US products worldwide and has also worked with companies to launch and market their products in the US. Known for her ability to produce strong and differentiated messaging, develop integrated marketing plans, and her extensive list of contacts in the industry, Kim brings the full spectrum of understanding: Where you are, where you want to go, and how to get there.

Kim is a Chapter Leader for the National Association of Women Business Owners, a board member of the Women in HPC, volunteers time and marketing skills for various foundations in the Colorado area, and mentors many women in business on topics ranging from work/life balance to career growth. She is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting / Business Administration. Kim grew up and lives in Colorado and in her free time you will find her outdoors skiing, hiking, or walking the dogs.