New to Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences Team
June 30, 2012
Anuj Chaudhri, CCSE Postdoc
This month, Anuj Chaudhri join's Berkeley Lab's Center for Computational Science and Engineering (CCSE) as a Mathematics and Computational Science Postdoctoral Researcher. In this role, he will be working on multiscale modeling methodologies, and specifically on numerical algorithms for stochastic partial differential equations.
Over the last eight years, Chaudhri has worked extensively on different aspects of multiscale methods and stochastic processes. As a University of Pennsylvania graduate student in Applied Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering, he applied these methodologies to atomistic and mesoscopic particle-based methods in physics. Then as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Chicago, he applied his expertise to systematic multiscale models for biological systems.
"I came to CCSE to learn a different approach to modeling physical and biological systems, and to see how or if these different approaches converge," says Chaudhri.
A native of India, Chaudhrij came to the U.S. to pursue a Masters degree at the University of Tennessee. It was here that he discovered his passion for theoretical physics and math, as well as computing sciences. In his spare time, Anuj enjoys hiking, photography and reading.
Douglas Jacobsen, NERSC Bioinformatics Computing Consultant
This month, Douglas Jacobsen joins NERSC's User Services Group as a Bioinformatics Computing Consultant for researchers using Genepool—a cluster dedicated to the Joint Genome Institute's computing needs.
Just weeks before beginning this post at NERSC, Jacobsen received his PhD in bioinformatics from the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor. Prior to pursuing his doctorate, Jacobsen was a system administrator/software developer at the university, where he implemented and administered a linux cluster for statistical genetic analysis of large populations and whole-genome analysis; and optimized the performance of existing analysis tools on this platform to maximize software speed and calculation accuracy.
"I've had a fascination with computing for as long as I can remember," says Jacobsen, who first learned to program in Apple's Hypercard scripting language, called HyperTalk. "This initial interest led to a more formal introduction to Pascal—way back when Pascal was a 'real' programming language."
He continued to pursue this interest in computing as an undergraduate, eventually earning Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer and Information Science from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Although Jacobsen has lived in many places across the US, he is really enjoying the Bay Area. In his spare time, Jacobsen enjoys bicycling, reading tinkering with some home computer projects ands pending time with his wife Melinda.