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An XSEDE-wide effort is underway to expand the community by recruiting and enabling a diverse group of students who have the skills - or are interested in acquiring the skills - to participate in the actual work of XSEDE. The name of this effort is XSEDE EMPOWER ( Expert Mentoring Producing Opportunities for Work, Education, and Research ).

Program website

Participant Publications, Presentations, and Evidence of Impact

Manuscripts are being prepared that include the work of:

  • Zachery Casey, Northeastern University, participant in Fall 2019 and Spring 2020
  • Carlos Gutierrez, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, participant in Spring 
  • Umairullah Khan, Portland State University, participant in Spring 2020
  • Olivia Shaw, University of Delaware, participant in Spring 2020
  • Phan Phu, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, participant in Spring and Summer 2018

From Vatsal Shah, New Jersey Institute of Technology, participant in fall 2019 and spring 2020:

Tong, A., Pham, Q.L., Shah, V., Naik, A., Abatemarco, P., & Voronov, R. (2020). Automated Addressable Microfluidics Device for Minimally Disruptive Manipulation of Cells and Fluids within Living Cultures. ACS Biomater. Sci. Eng., 6(3), 1809-1820.

From Manuel Santiago, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, participant in spring and fall 2019:

Santiago, M., Torres, G., & Araya, G. (2019). High order statistics in Favorable Pressure Gradient (FPG) flows. Unpublished manuscript.

From Hamid Abbasi, Rutgers University (working with a mentor from Hood College), and Christian Wagner, Hood College, participants in summer 2019:

"We co-authored a paper, generated a poster, and participated in a joint formal presentation of our work throughout the summer with our mentor and some of his other interns."

From Tanya Nesterova, University of Delaware, participant in summer and fall 2019:

"I attended a National Institutes of Health (NIH) meeting on the structural biology of HIV. I have also produced a poster for a chemistry/biochemistry conference in my university’s department and the Summer Scholars conference. I presented this poster to colleagues in the chemistry and biology field. I also went to the data science symposium in my university and provided a lightning talk and presented my poster in front of other faculty and students who do research in mathematics and computational science. I networked and met people who also do work like mine in chemistry."

Daniel Norment, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, participant in summer 2019, created a YouTube video summarizing his project work:

From Mackenzie Tygh, Haverford College, participant in summer 2019:

"I will present my work at the 2020 meeting of the American Astronomical Society."

From Matthew Veter, Portland State University, participant in summer 2019:

"I will presenting the preliminary data I have collected at a computational conference scheduled on August 22 for dissemination of my findings at the NSF-sponsored PacNOW symposium held in Portland, OR."

From Rylee Sundermann, South Dakota State University, participant in spring 2019:

Sundermann, R., Stegmeier, N., McClanahan, N., Kimn, J.-H., & Doom, J. (2019, July). 3D Simulations of Biofilms using the Modified Cahn-Hilliard Equation. Poster presented at PEARC '19: Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing, Chicago, IL.

From Maritza Anguiano Carrillo, California State University-San Marcos, participant in spring 2019:

(from February 2019 report) "My mentor and I have begun a tutorial session for new students wanting to participate in future research."


From Felix Quintana, participant in spring 2019:

Quintana, F., Kodera A., Horan, B.G., Yamashiro, S., Mittal, J., Watanabe, N., & Vavylonis, D. (2019, March). Mechanism of formin-mediated actin polymerization: alternate delivery of profilin-actin to the barbed end. Poster presented at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society, Baltimore, MD.


From Bimarsh Sharma, West Virginia University Institute of Technology, participant in fall 2018 and spring 2019:

Sharma, B., Carter, T., & Rai, S. (2019, February 26). Using NetLogo To Create Building Occupancy Simulation of University Building Environment. Poster presented at the 16th Annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol, Charleston, WV.


From David Hughes, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, participant in summer 2018 through spring 2019:

Hughes, D., & Ji, H. (2019, March 1). Novel Randomized Linear Algebra in Apache Spark. Poster presented at the 2019 Student RCSA Conference, Pomona, CA.

(from October 2018 report) "I created an XSEDE/Bridges user guide and gave a lecture about my project, XSEDE, Bridges, and Spark to the Big Data Analytics course on my campus."


Jean Santiago, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, participant in spring and fall 2018, created a visualization:

Araya, G. & Santiago, J. (2018, June 5). Quasi laminarization process induced by Strong Favorable Pressure FPG gradient [Video file]. Retrieved from

He also created a visualization presentation:

Santiago, J., Araya, G., Marin, G., & Cucchietti, F. (2018, November). Symbiosis of quasi-streamwise vortices and low-speed streaks in laminarescent boundary layers. Visualization presented at the Gallery of Fluid Motion at the Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics, Atlanta, GA.


From Mark Hisle (Centre College) and Maxwell Meier (Earlham College), participants in summer 2017:

Maxwell gave a presentation of this paper at the PEARC18 conference:

Mark S. Hisle, Maxwell S. Meier, and David M. Toth. 2018. Accelerating AutoDock Vina with Containerization. In Proceedings of the Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing (PEARC '18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Article 36, 5 pages.


From Phan Phu, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, participant in spring and summer 2018:

Kundu, S., Phu, P.N., Ghosh, P., Kozimor, S.A., Bertke, J.A., Stieber, S.C.E., & Warren, T.H. (2019) Nitrosyl Linkage Isomers: NO Coupling to N2O at a Mononuclear Site. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 141(4), 1415-1419.

"On January 13, 2018, I presented “Spectroscopic and Computational Studies of Metal Nitrosyl Complexes to Elucidate the Mechanism of Nitrite Reductase” at 30th Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium in Santa Clara, California. In March 2018, I will be presenting my results collected during XSEDE EMPOWER internship at the 255th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans, LA.“


From April Horton, Bluffton University, participant in fall 2017:

(from email from mentor, 03/22/2019) "Last week April Horton received offers from two REU programs in Astronomy: The University of Hawaii, and The University of Wisconsin-Madison. Both had a computational slant—based on her EMPOWER project, a computational science course I taught and other programming courses at Bluffton. The University of Hawaii was her top choice for REU; she’ll be headed there soon after spring semester."

"I presented at Bluffton University’s Research Fair for my XSEDE EMPOWER Program internship entitled “Sonification and Visualization of Scientific Data.” This poster presentation session allowed me to share my research with other Bluffton students while encouraging them to pursue research opportunities they are interested in."

News Stories

"Researchers Attempt To Predict & Prevent Suicide Using Deep Learning And Math." April 15, 2019.

"Paid to learn: Students delve into the world of high performance computing." September 14, 2018.

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