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Hank Childs Wins 2012 DOE Early Career Award

May 10, 2012

By Linda Vu


Hank Childs

Hank Childs of the Computational Research Division’s Visualization Group has been honored with a 2012 DOE Early Career Award. This is the third year of the Early Career Research Program managed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and Childs is one of four researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) who were honored. In total, there were 68 award recipients from 47 institutions.

The career awards focus on areas of high priority for the nation and for DOE’s mission, supporting exceptional researchers during the critical stages of their formative work by funding their research for up to five years and $2.5 million. The grants are administered by the major program offices within the Office of Science. This year’s winners were chosen based on peer review by outside scientists unaffiliated with DOE, who considered over 850 proposals submitted last fall. 

Childs was selected by DOE’s Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research for his contributions to "Data Exploration at the Exascale." He joined Berkeley Lab in 2009 after nearly a decade in Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Advanced Simulation and Computing program, where he architected VisIt—one of the most popular tools for scientific visualization and analysis of very large datasets.

Today, he continues to enhance VisIt for the petascale visualization and analysis needs of researchers in the DOE’s Office of Science. Childs is also currently a Professorial Researcher in the University of California, Davis’ Department of Computer Science.

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