Two LLNL Scholars Honored as 2022 Oppenheimer Leadership Fellows

January 26, 2022 – The Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program (OSELP) has selected Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory computer scientist Kathryn Mohror and materials scientist T. Yong Han as fellows for 2022.

Founded in 2017, OSELP is a premier fellowship program that brings together exceptional leaders to explore the complexities, challenges and opportunities facing the National Laboratory System and the Department of Energy (DOE).

The Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program has selected computer scientist Kathryn Mohror and materials scientist T. Yong Han as fellows for 2022.

Mohror and Han are two of 33 individuals representing all 17 national DOE labs this year, with professional backgrounds in technical, operational and strategic areas. Selection as an Oppenheimer fellow is a highly competitive process. Candidates are nominated by National Laboratory Directors, reviewed by a committee of former National Laboratory Directors and former senior DOE officials, and accepted into the program by the National Laboratory Directors’ Council (NLDC).

Mohror is a computer scientist who works at LLNL’s Center for Applied Scientific Computing (CASC) in the Computing Directorate. She spent 12 years at the Lab, started out as a postdoctoral researcher and is now group leader for the Parallel Systems Group at CASC.

Mohror conducts research in systems computing science for high-performance computing, and her current focus is on I/O and data management performance. She is also the lead for the NNSA Software Technologies Portfolio for the US Exascale Computing Project (ECP) and the LLNL computer science liaison for the Office of Science Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program.

“I am extremely excited about this opportunity to learn more about DOE’s National Laboratory System,” she said. “Through lab visits and interactions with the program mentors and other program fellows, I will gain a deeper appreciation for the diverse scientific contributions and capabilities of the labs and also gain a system-level understanding of how the national labs operate and interact with DOE and the wider world. ”

T. Yong Han is a materials scientist and group leader for Functional Material Synthesis & Integration in the Materials Science Division of LLNL.

Han is also the program group leader for the Production Enablement and Prototyping program element within the Weapon Physics and Design program at LLNL, managing a portfolio of projects with an emphasis on developing agile and responsive capabilities to support design studies and to facilitate the integration of new and emerging materials and production technologies for mission-relevant areas for weapons and complex integration.

“I am extremely honored to be nominated by our director to participate in the Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program and to represent Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,” said Han. “The DOE national laboratory system is currently facing unprecedented challenges caused by the pandemic. I intend to use this fellowship opportunity to build strong relationships with my cohort fellows from across the DOE lab system, learn from them, and face together the difficult challenges our institutions now face.”

As the NLDC’s premier leadership development program, the Oppenheimer Program builds the national laboratory leaders of tomorrow. Through an extensive series of virtual and face-to-face visits to national labs, OSELP immerses its fellows in the unique breadth, diversity and complexity of the national labs, DOE and their partners, giving them a unique opportunity to interact in depth with senior national laboratories. laboratory leadership and research into innovative ways to improve the collective enterprise of DOE and National Lab.

Throughout the program, OSELP fellows benefit from the experience and advice of program mentors who come from former lab directors, former senior DOE officials, and other top-notch professionals. Engagement with these senior leaders is expected to have a transformative impact on cohort members’ perspectives and career paths.

Throughout the year, the fellows develop thinking that addresses major organizational, policy, scientific or other challenges within the mission space of national labs. Thinkpieces will be presented to the NLDC and other senior leaders at a closing program in December in Washington, DC

For more information about the program and alumni fellows, visit the OSELP website.

Source: LLNL

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