September 21, 2017

ORNL is proud of its role in fostering the next generation of scientists and engineers. We bring in talented young researchers, team them with accomplished scientists and engineers, and put them to work at the lab’s one-of-a-kind facilities. The result is research that makes us proud and prepares them for distinguished careers.

We asked some of these young researchers why they chose a career in science, what they are working on at ORNL, and where they would like to go with their careers.

Swaroop Pophale

Postdoc, Computer Science and Mathematics Division
Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Houston, Houston, Texas
Hometown: Mumbai, India

What are you working on at ORNL?

I am working on programming models research at ORNL. My primary focus is on OpenMP for on-node shared memory programming and Partitioned Global Address Space for internode programming. For both programming models, I identify new and helpful features and build prototypes.

What would you like to do in your career?

In the short term, I want to dig deep into the programming models world and gain expertise in the needs of the applications supported at ORNL. In the longer term, I hope to be a subject matter expert in programming models and focus more on hybrid programming.

Why did you choose a career in science?

From the very start I enjoyed science. Being ever curious, I always wanted to know why things were a certain way. Enjoyment and curiosity led to interest, and computer science just seemed like the natural next step.

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