Suzanne Parete-Koon is a High Performance Computing Engineer for Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) and the Compute and Data Environment for Science (CADES) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She works to support scientific applications running on Summit and other HPC resources at ORNL.

After completing her PhD in astrophysics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 2008, Parete-Koon spent a year working as a foreign affairs officer for the US Department of State through an American Institute of Physics diplomacy fellowship. During that time, she served as a representative to the ITER Council and as the United States’ primary point of contact for space weather. She helped foster international relations by facilitating global scientific collaboration through workshops and meetings, including the United States–Egyptian remote sensing satellite data workshop.

In 2009 she accepted a postdoctoral position with the Scientific Computing Group at OLCF, a DOE Office of Science User Facility located at ORNL. At that time, she was working on developing computational simulations of the web of nuclear reactions that power stars and stellar explosions.

Her passion for people eventually directed her interests toward the support angle of computational science. She works as an OLCF user support specialist and HPC Engineer collaborating with OLCF staff on innovations to improve user experiences and working directly with users to help them get the most out of their time on the center's supercomputers and clusters.

Suzanne currently serves the the Exascale Computing Project's HPC Workforce Development and Retention Action Group leader.
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