CISL staff honored for extraordinary contribution

Jan 5, 2017

Numerous CISL staff were selected to receive 2016 Special Recognition Awards during CISL’s year-end holiday celebration. This ceremony recognizes staff whose exceptional achievements further CISL’s mission. Given annually as part of the UCAR Employee Recognition process, these awards acknowledge extraordinary efforts by individuals and groups including:

  • Services of outstanding quality or of unusual importance to the execution of UCAR’s programs
  • Commitment to activities or demonstrated outstanding skill or effort above and beyond prescribed duties and workload
  • Significant savings of time or money
  • Excellent level of performance during an organizational emergency or period of high stress
  • Great ingenuity or perseverance

These awards are not for sustained excellence in assigned duties or sustained performance of duties not included in the employee’s job description, because such efforts are recognized in other ways.

The awards were presented by Anke Kamrath, CISL Interim Director and the people who had made the nominations.


Preparing and presenting accomplishments for the 2016 NSF Site Review

NSF review contributors

This year, the NSF’s five-year review of NCAR’s scientific and technical performance required a new type of effort that involved close coordination with other NCAR labs, and these staff provided exceptional contributions to this extensive collaborative effort: (from left) Dave Hart, Tim Hoar, Brian Bevirt, Kathy Peczkowicz, Anke Kamrath, AJ Lauer, Shilo Hall, BJ Smith, and Marcia Killingsworth; (not shown) Keith Maul, Matt Mayernick, Michaeleen Trimarchi, Susan Chavez, Elizabeth Chapin, Silvia Gentile, Mike Daniels, and Carolyn Brinkworth.


Deploying and managing CISL’s HPC Futures Laboratory

Ben Matthews

Ben Matthews (right) received an award for researching and exploring innovative and emerging computing technologies in addition to his full-time administration and maintenance of the production supercomputing resources.


Migrating GLADE to a new 40 Gigabit Ethernet network at the NWSC

Jonathan Roberts

Jonathan Roberts (center) performed extensive and complex hardware upgrades on the GLADE system to prepare it for operation with the new Cheyenne supercomputer, without incurring any downtime.


Streamlining climate model development

Streamlining models

Alison Baker (left of center), Dorit Hammerling (not shown), Sheri Mickelson (right of center), and John Dennis (right) received awards for their work to streamline climate model development through applying parallel computation methods to models, compressing model output while preserving its scientific content, and accelerating the workflows involved in climate modeling. In addition, Alison and Dorit co-authored a research paper describing their data compression work that was accepted for publication in Geoscientific Model Development.


Producing a new and long-serving NCAR exhibit booth for conferences

NCAR exhibit booth

Marijke Unger (right of center) took over the design and production of NCAR’s new exhibit booth and brought the project back on schedule while saving costs and enhancing the NCAR brand. Matt Rehme (right) and Steve Geinosky (not shown) contributed by providing graphic design support.



Contributing to the new uninterruptible power supply for the Mesa Lab Data Center

Derick Okada

Derick Okada (center) led the project to replace the entire uninterruptible power supply at the MLDC without affecting any production operations. Further, he completed the work for half to one fourth of the cost of original estimates.


Contributing to the second FISMA readiness review for COSMIC-2

Jose Castilleja

Jose Castilleja (right) delivered a powerful summation of NCAR’s work to comply with FISMA requirements on the COSMIC-2 project for officials from NASA, NOAA, and the U.S. Department of Commerce. Jose’s presentation will serve as a model for upcoming compliance efforts at NCAR and other organizations.


Planning and executing two major changes in GLADE

Joey Mendoza

Joey Mendoza (left of center) planned and executed two major GLADE changes: a new storage network for two supercomputers plus all the science gateways, and a new management infrastructure that is now compatible with multiple vendors’ products.


Reinstalling Red Hat Enterprise Linux V6 on HPSS


David Read and Zachary Hunsaker (not shown) performed a complex fundamental overhaul of the operating system on the 15 HPSS production servers at the NWSC and the Mesa Lab without causing any downtime. Jim Vandyke (right of center) accepted the awards for these staff who work at the NWSC.


Preparing all infrastructure to support the new 40 Gigabit Ethernet storage network at the NWSC

Michael Kercher, Jeremy Hewey, Jeremy Vaughan, Kenny Raff, Scott Brenner, Matt Herring, and Joe Miller prepared all the new network infrastructure to ready the NWSC for Cheyenne and its computational I/O networks as well as all changes necessary for the GLADE and the HPSS network upgrades. Jim Vandyke accepted the awards for these staff who work at the NWSC.


Supporting Al Kellie’s memorial service at the Mesa Lab

Paul Martinez and Jeff VanDamme received awards for their expertise and efficiency in producing a heartfelt memorial service for Al Kellie during a period of stress and uncertainty.