Inaugural Winners of the Mark O. Robbins Prize in High Performance Computing and the Robbins Future Faculty Award Announced

Jun 17, 2021 | No Comments | By Jessica Ader

Established last year to recognize outstanding performance by doctoral and post-doctoral students in high-performance computing, the awards honor the legacy of renowned condensed matter and statistical physicist Mark O. Robbins, who died in 2020. A professor in Hopkins’ Department of Physics and Astronomy for more than three decades, Mark played a key role in supporting the development of computational facilities at JHU and was associate director of the Institute for Data Intensive Engineering and Science.

Winners of the Mark O. Robbins Prize in High Performance Computing are Karthik Menon, a doctoral candidate and member of Rajat Mittal’s lab in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Andrew Ruttinger, a doctoral candidate and a member of Paulette Clancy’s lab in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Karthik’s research focuses on the development of computational and data-driven techniques to study the interaction of fluids with flexible and moving surfaces within liquid flows. Andrew’s focuses on using computational modeling to develop insight into quantum dot photovoltaics, lithium extraction from low-concentration sources, and the development of thermal energy storage.

Winner of the Robbins Future Faculty Award, post-doc Sai Pooja Mahajan focuses on developing and applying computational techniques aimed at solving complex problems in computational lithography and computational protein structure and function design. She is a member of Jeffrey Gray’s lab in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

In addition to receiving a plaque and cash prize, all three winners will be invited to present their work at a virtual High Performance Computing symposium to be held in August.

The Robbins’ Prize is made possible thanks to generous donations from Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute (HEMI), The Institute for Data Intensive Engineering and Science (IDIES), Department of Mechanical Engineering, and the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

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