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Women @ Energy: Gokcen Kestor

July 18, 2014 - 4:43pm

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Gokcen Kestor is a computational scientist in the high performance computing group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She focuses on performance and power modeling, analyzing the energy cost of data movement in HPC applications, and designing and implementing fault-tolerant algorithms for task-based applications.

Gokcen Kestor is a computational scientist in the high performance computing group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She focuses on performance and power modeling, analyzing the energy cost of data movement in HPC applications, and designing and implementing fault-tolerant algorithms for task-based applications.

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Gokcen Kestor is a computational scientist in the high performance computing group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She focuses on performance and power modeling, analyzing the energy cost of data movement in HPC applications, and designing and implementing fault-tolerant algorithms for task-based applications.  Recently, her work on energy characterization of data movement was featured in an article on HPCWire; and she also earned a best paper award  in 2011 from the International Conference on Performance Engineering, and was nominated for a best paper award at the 2013 IEEE International Symposium on Workload Characterization. She earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in computer science from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalyunya in Spain.

1)  What inspired you to work in STEM?

My whole life, all I ever dreamed about when growing up was to help people in a powerful way.  I'm inspired by the fact that we know so much more about the world today than five years ago, and there are still so many things to discover to make the world a better place.

2)  What excites you about your work at the Energy Department?

Challenges. There is always something new to figure it out and make improvements – both in scientific applications and simulations as well as in looking at the bigger picture of why we need to develop solutions to the world’s changing problems.

3) How can our country engage more women, girls, and other underrepresented groups in STEM?

Showing them the beauty of science when they are young in a way that they will think science is in your daily life.

4) Do you have tips you’d recommend for someone looking to enter your field of work?

Be patient, working in the field requires a lot of effort but you will have fun on the way.

5)  When you have free time, what are your hobbies?

I try to choose things that will allow me to relax, for example walking along the Columbia River … the water is very soothing. I also like playing card games with my friends, especially Magic, and I enjoy exercising, especially bike riding.

 

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