Candace Culhane, program/project manager for Simulation and Computation at Los Alamos National Laboratory, has been named one of HPCwire’s 2022 People to Watch. The recognition highlights Culhane’s leadership at the Laboratory and her accomplishments within the field of high-performance computing. HPCwire published a question-and-answer profile of Culhane to mark her inclusion on the exclusive list.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by HPCwire, among many distinguished leaders in the field of HPC,” said Culhane. “The recognition speaks to the talented teams that I’ve been able to be a part of and to lead. It also speaks to the important role that HPC has in addressing the challenges and opportunities in many different facets of life.”
Culhane is the general chair of SC22, the upcoming international conference for high-performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. Culhane has helped organize and promote the conference’s theme: “HPC Accelerates,” which focuses on changes arising from the increased tempo of computing, tailored architectures and the applications that change enables. The conference showcases how HPC accelerates the process of reaching solutions for corporations, governments and other organizations.
In addition to her service with SC22, Culhane is currently serving as a co-lead for the IEEE Quantum initiative, a community for projects and activities on quantum technologies. In 2020, she was a founder of the IEEE Quantum Computing and Engineering Conference and served as exhibits and finance chair for that conference in 2020 and 2021.
Culhane joined Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2016 following a long career in the U.S. government, where her work included cutting-edge research and technical development and the delivery of architecture solutions and systems. She is a 1988 graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, with a master’s degree in computer science. She has also earned a master’s degree in data analytics from the University of Maryland in 2021. She graduated from Michigan State University in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science.