Two Grand Valley undergraduate students and one faculty member worked over the summer at U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories with research teams that are operating supercomputers, while another faculty member solidified a partnership for future DOE collaborations.
Their work contributed to long-term projects aimed at improving the accuracy of climate change predictions and testing a new language for a high-performance computer. Students Marc Tunnell and Elise Dettling gained valuable experience learning from top scientists and now have a boost on their resumes for graduate school and beyond.
Dettling and Christian Trefftz, professor of computing, spent the summer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. The Sustainable Horizons Institute, which promotes diversity within STEM, supported their proposal for the 10-week internship.
At Oak Ridge, Dettling and Trefftz worked in William Godoy's lab, performing experiments on new computer languages that will eventually be used for the DOE's Exascale Computing Project, a supercomputer with implications for advancing precision medicine, regional climate, additive manufacturing, the conversion of plants to biofuels and more.