CENIC engineer Julia Staats: 2016 Women in Networking SC Award Winner
CENIC Associate Core Engineer Julia Staats was chosen to help build and operate SCinet, the high-capacity Supercomputing Conference network, as a part of the “Women in IT Networking at SC (WINS)” program. Now in its second year, WINS is a collaboration between the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, the Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network, and the Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research. Although women have been members of SCinet since the earliest days, WINS was launched to further expand the diversity of the SCinet volunteer staff and to provide professional development opportunities to highly qualified women in the field of networking.
Each year, volunteers from academia, government, and industry work together to design and deliver SCinet, bringing to life a very high-capacity network that supports the revolutionary applications and experiments that are a hallmark of the SC conference. SCinet links the convention center to research and commercial networks around the world. In doing so, SCinet serves as the platform for exhibitors to demonstrate the advanced computing resources of their institutions by supporting a wide variety of bandwidth-driven applications, including supercomputing and cloud computing. Planning begins more than a year in advance and culminates in a high-intensity, around-the-clock installation in the days leading up to the conference.
Julia Staats weighed in on her work to build and support SCinet at SC2016 as “a great opportunity to collaborate with, and be mentored by, the experts in the networking and software engineering fields and to become acquainted with many professionals working in the research and education community. I am grateful for all the support I have received from CENIC management. Participating in SCinet is immensely valuable in expanding my knowledge, developing technical skills, and building my professional networks.”