Each year, members of the Oak Ridge Postdoctoral Association Executive Committee and the Office of Research Excellence select a mentor of the year. Bronson Messer, Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility’s (OLCF’s) director of science, was chosen as the 2020 mentor of the year.
Postdocs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) depend on close engagement with their mentors as they explore their research interests, grow their network, and take on leadership roles.
Vassilios Mewes, a second-year postdoc at the OLCF, cited Bronson’s support as integral to navigating the complicated changes he has faced in computing research. “Managing such dramatic changes, which include completely different physics, numerical methods, and computing on heterogeneous hardware, would not have been possible without his excellent guidance, mentoring, and patience,” Vassilios says.