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June 2015

Susannah Burrows Honored by DOE for Outstanding Contribution

Dr. Susannah Burrows
Susannah Burrows (left) receives Outstanding Contribution award from Dr. Sharlene Weatherwax of DOE.

Congratulations to Dr. Susannah Burrows, atmospheric scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), on receiving a commendation from Dr. Sharlene Weatherwax, the Associate Director of Science for the Biological and Environmental Research, an office of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Science. Burrows was recognized for her outstanding contribution to "leadership in the development of scientific software capabilities that integrate across ACME."

The Accelerated Climate Model for Energy, also known as ACME, is the DOE's new advanced Earth system model being developed in cooperation with eight national laboratories, including PNNL, four academic institutions and one private-sector company. The new modeling project involves integration across interdisciplinary teams, institutions, and projects to take advantage of advanced software and new high performance computing machines that are being developed.

ACME All-Hands Awards
Present at the ACME team awards are pictured left to right: Mark Taylor, Sandia National Laboratories; Bill Collins, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Sharlene Weatherwax, U.S. DOE; Renata McCoy, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Dave Bader, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Jim Foucar, Sandia National Laboratories; and Dorothy Koch, Program Manager for the Earth System Modeling Program of the U.S. DOE’s Office of Science, the sponsor of the ACME project.

Burrows' efforts to enable effective communication between the software engineering and workflow teams, using tools in development for the atmosphere component team and promoting understanding of the model processing output was considered in the decision for this award. The award was presented at a recent ACME All-Hands meeting in Washington, D.C. Dr. James Foucar, Sandia National Laboratories, also was honored at the meeting for his "exceptionally thorough work in developing ACME's critical testing infrastructure."

Burrows received a doctorate, summa cum laude, from the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany, in 2011 after a three-year term as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. She is a member of the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society and has published over six papers since joining PNNL in a postdoctoral position in 2013. She recently joined PNNL as a research scientist.

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