Dr. Ceren Susut Named DOE ASCR Associate Director of Science

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Dr. Ceren Susut

Sept. 11, 2023 — Dr. Ceren Susut has been named associate director (AD) of Science for Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) in the Department of Energy Office of Science (SC). Dr. Susut has served in ASCR for more than 12 years as a program manager, the director for ASCR’s Computational Science Research and Partnerships Division, and most recently as the acting associate director for ASCR.

DOE said she has extensive experience in establishing vision, developing policy and planning strategy and programs in applied mathematics, computer science and physical sciences.

“Dr. Susut has been a proactive leader with a proven track record of performance and has been recognized for her accomplishments by SC leadership and the Secretary of Energy,” DOE said in its announcement. “She has played a critical role in the growth of the emerging computing technologies portfolios within SC and in forging interdisciplinary collaborations to lower the barriers for the effective use of high-performance computing for scientific discovery.”

For example, Dr. Susut was instrumental to the establishment of the National Quantum Information Science Research Centers, established a platform for American industry and national laboratory scientists to speak directly with Congressional staffers, and organized a series of panel discussions that showcased the productivity of public-private collaborations to accelerate emergent technologies and American leaderships in QIS, DOE said.

Among Dr. Susut’s other achievements are her efforts to plan, budget, and launch cycles of the Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) program and boosting SciDAC’s collaboration and outreach approach to DOE communities outside the Office of Science. Dr. Susut has demonstrated outstanding leadership in championing the new and rapidly emerging opportunities and challenges presented by Artificial Intelligence (AI). She led the community to identify how unique DOE capabilities can drive progress in AI, culminating in the May 2023 release of the report AI for Science, Energy, and Security. This vision and blueprint establish the foundation for SC and DOE to further advance our missions. Additionally, Dr. Susut led efforts to integrate and build coalitions with historically excluded communities to advance engagement and expand the STEM workforce.

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