Damkroger, who has served in numerous leadership positions in the Computation Directorate, is the chair for the Supercomputing Conference 2014 (SC14), which brings together global leaders in high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. This year's conference will take place in New Orleans from Nov. 16-21 under the theme "HPC Matters" (See the video ).
"We want to highlight the many ways in which high performance computing impacts our world and our everyday lives from improved aircraft and car design to more banal consumer items such as diapers," said Damkroger. "Supercomputing technology is difficult to grasp for many people, but it's important for everyone to understand how supercomputers drive the scientific and technological advances that underpin our economic security and quality of life. I want the next generation to be excited about a career in computer science."
With a father and two brothers who are engineers, Damkroger comes by her technical aptitude honestly. She was captivated by the possibilities of computing early in her academic career and holds a master's degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University with a particular interest in computing architectures.
Prior to joining Lawrence Livermore, Damkroger held leadership roles at Remedy Corporation, Sandia National Laboratory and started her career at Hewlett Packard as a manufacturing engineer. For 2014, HPCWire selected 16 people who "are pushing the envelope" in high performance computing. The list was announced Monday.
See the complete HPCWire interview with Damkroger.