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SAVE THE DATE: October 1, 2021

7:30 AM - 12:30 PM PDT


Join us on October 1st for this special webinar event!

The program will include a plenary session in which DOE will discuss advances in world-class Exascale computers and in emerging Artificial Intelligence capabilities. We will also highlight how this program develops next-generation computational scientists as we work with industry to meet their technical and business objectives while saving energy for the nation. Optional virtual tours of select DOE computational facilities will be included.


High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) is funded by the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Advance Manufacturing Office (AMO), Fossil Energy Office (FE), Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO), and Vehicle Technology Office (VTO). The HPC4EI program pairs industry engineers and scientists with national laboratory computational experts to solve difficult production and design problems aiming to reduce national energy consumption. Since its inception 2015, the HPC4EI program has funded over 130 projects with participation by 11 national laboratories. The world-class computational capabilities at the national laboratories are used to address problems in steel and aluminum manufacture, jet turbine design and manufacture, advanced materials for light weighting and high temperature, high corrosion applications, chemical processing and many more topic areas.

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Doug Kothe

Email: kothe [at] 


Keynote Speaker

Douglas "Doug" B. Kothe

Director, Exascale Computing Project
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Douglas B. Kothe (Doug) has thirty-six years of experience in conducting and leading applied R&D in computational science applications designed to simulate complex physical phenomena in the energy, defense, and manufacturing sectors. Doug is currently the Director of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Exascale Computing Project. Prior to that, he was Deputy Associate Laboratory Director of the Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Other positions for
Doug at ORNL, where he has been since 2006, include Director of Science at the National Center for Computational Sciences (2006-2010) and Director of the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL), DOE’s first Energy Innovation Hub (2010-2015). In leading the CASL Hub, Doug drove the creation, application, and deployment of an innovative Virtual Environment for Reactor Applications (2016 R&D winner), which offered a technology step change for the US nuclear energy industry.

Before coming to ORNL, Doug spent 20 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he held a number of technical and line and program management positions, with a common theme being the development
and application of modeling and simulation technologies targeting multi-physics phenomena characterized by the presence of compressible or incompressible interfacial fluid flow, where his field-changing accomplishments are known internationally. Doug also spent one year at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the late 1980s as a physicist in defense sciences.

Pamela Isom


Keynote Speaker

Pamela K. Isom

Director of Artificial Intelligence and Technology Office
U.S. Department of Energy

Director Isom is a leader of innovation with extensive knowledge and experience in using emerging technology to drive digital transformative solutions, enabling DOE to fulfill its strategic goals and objectives. She is a recipient of the 2021 Federal 100 Awards for her exceptional contributions in the way information technology is used to advance vital government missions. Ms. Isom is also a two-time recipient of the federal Gears of Government Award for her exceptional advancements in artificial intelligence and geospatial data science at DOE, and a recipient of the InnovateIT: Modernization Innovation Leader Award for excellence in federal government IT modernization leadership.

Mrs. Isom inspires others to practice and advance trustworthy and responsible AI and machine learning (ML) by applying AI risk management practices. She brings over 25 years of business IT transformation and modernization expertise to the agency and cloud adoption leadership. With a natural talent for blending business with IT, Isom advances the DOE mission through introduction of product and service offerings, including implementation of the Innovation Community Center. She has made great strides in the implementation of cybersecurity controls and data stewardship, as the Senior Agency Official for Geospatial Information (SAOGI).

In 2015, Pam joined the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) from the private sector and served as the Director of the Office of Application Engineering and Development, where she led design, development, and implementation of high quality patent, trademark, and corporate systems in support of federal IT modernization efforts. She is a patent holder, publisher of numerous articles, and an author.

7:30 AM

Login Period

Event will be launched so you may log in early to ensure you have a good connection.

8:00 AM


Robin Miles, HPC4EnergyInnovation Director, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

8:05 AM

Overview of the HPC4EI Program

Aaron Fisher, HPC4EnergyInnovation Project Manager, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

8:30 AM

DOE Exascale Program: Computing for the Future

Keynote Speaker

Douglas Kothe, Director of DOE's Exascale Computing Project (ECP), Oak Ridge National Laboratory

9:15 AM

DOE Artificial Intelligence Initiative

Keynote Speaker

Pamela Isom, Director of Artificial Intelligence and Technology Office, U.S. Department of Energy

Working with Industry and Developing Next Generation Computational Scientists

10:00 AM

Computational Modeling of Metal organic framework (MOF) Materials for Direct Carbon Capture Applications?

Jan Steckel and Samir Budhathoki, National Energy Technology Laboratory
Student: Tiernan Baucom

10:20 AM

CFD Simulation of Aerobic Gas Fermentation to Enable Commercial Conversion of CO2 into Aquaculture and Animal Feed - NovoNutrients

Hariswaran Sitaraman and Milo Parra-Alvarez, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Student: Jason Sanchez

10:40 AM

Optimization of Alumina and Aluminum Fluoride Feeding in Advanced Aluminum Smelting Cells using Large Eddy Simulation - Alcoa

Nithin Panicker, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Student: Thomas Nguyen

11:00 AM

Topology Optimization of Fischer Tropsch Reactor Design for Synthetic Fuel Production - OxEon Energy, LLC

Jorge Barrera Cruz, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Student: Nicholas Fullilove

11:20 AM

Application of High-Performance Computing (HPC) to Optimize Reheat Furnace Efficiency in Steel Manufacturing - Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium (SMSVC) and ArcelorMittal USA

Mary Wu, Argonne National Laboratory
Student: David McCormick

11:40 AM

Closing Remarks

Robin Miles, HPC4EnergyInnovation Director, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

11:45 AM


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OPTIONAL: Virtual Computational Facility Tours

Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne National Laboratory - Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) - Virtual Tour


Virtual Tour

Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) will give a live tour of the ALCF data center and visualization laboratory immediately after the closing remarks.


Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia National Laboratories - Virtual Tours


Virtual Tour

Visit Sandia National Laboratories Data Center through a self-guided virtual tour.

Take A Tour

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Lawrence Berkeley virtual tour


Virtual Tour

Register for a docent-led virtual tour of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) facility.

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge virtual tour


Virtual Tour

Visit the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) through a self-guided virtual tour.

Take A Tour

Event Coordinator

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Michelle Herawi
HPC4EnergyInnovation Administrator


(925) 423-4964
hpc4ei [at]