SC22 Proceedings

The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis

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TCHPC Career Panel

Authors: Sanjukta Bhowmick (University of North Texas), Aditya Devarakonda (Wake Forest University), Manish Parashar (University of Utah)

Abstract: The career panel will consist of representatives from the industry and academia with a background in HPC. The panel will share advice on different career options in HPC, and their experiences in their respective career trajectories. The primary audience for this event is current, preferably ABD, graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. The format will include a brief introduction by each speaker, followed by a moderated discussion based on a set of previously submitted questions and ending with further questions from the audience.

Long Description: The primary goal of this BOF is to inform early career students in HPC about the different career paths available. We aim to create a diverse panel with representatives from R1 universities, liberal arts colleges, community colleges and industry. The audience for this event is current graduate students and post-doctoral researchers in the field, who will be in the job market within the next 5 years.

Our proposed BOF complements other career oriented events being held at SC, such as the one-on-one mentor-protégé program, women in SC, the early career program, and the more industry focused job fair, by providing information about multiple career options and trajectories from a group of panelist who work in different areas of HPC. While some of the events mentioned above require pre-applications, as a BoF, our event will be available to all technical program attendees. We are planning on having a panel of 6-8 panelists and a moderator. A majority of the time will be spent on audience interaction. In preparation for the panel, we will reach out to the attendees of the Students@SC and the doctoral showcase programs, the graduate and undergraduate research poster presents, and the student authors of papers to ask them to submit questions/topics that they would like the panel to discuss. We are collaborating with the doctoral showcase chair, the graduate posters chair, the undergraduate posters chair and the Students@SC chair to advertise our BoF. The format of the panel will be as follows. First each speaker will provide a brief introduction of themselves and an outline of their career paths. After the introduction, the panelists will discuss a set of moderated given questions. This will be followed by further questions from the audience. Our goals are to expose graduate students to diverse career paths, to enable them to build connections with faculty and industry representatives and to create a forum for a free and frank discussion on tradeoffs between these different possible career paths. Our panels have included at least one woman representative and diverse institutional and industry participation and we will aim for a broad representation once again.

This BOF is being organized by the TCHPC Educational Outreach Initiative and is being cross advertised by TCPP and the SIGHPC Educational Outreach Initiative.


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