Broader Impacts

CISL engages in a spectrum of activities designed to broaden the laboratory’s impact through outreach, collaboration, and community engagement, and through capacity building at regional, national, and international scales. These activities have two main thrusts. First, CISL does outreach and provides training and education opportunities aimed at broadening participation and encouraging the development of the trained and diverse workforce necessary to continue advancing the scientific use of high performance computing resources. Second, CISL encourages collaboration and exchanges of information and expertise for developing shared cyberinfrastructure and standards that will advance high-performance computing, not only in the atmospheric and related sciences, but also in the general HPC community.

Clear examples of how CISL’s education efforts broaden the laboratory’s impact on the U.S. STEM workforce arise yearly from CISL’s internship program SIParCS. Numerous interns have redirected their career plans in response to their positive research experiences in CISL. Students have come to IMAGe for a specific project, then returned as postdocs, taken jobs as university faculty, then sent their students here. This process keeps refreshing our workforce with new talent, it reinvigorates others at the universities, and it is a healthy model for a national center.

This work is supported by NSF Core funding.