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Barbara Helland

Associate Director

Barbara Helland is currently the Associate Director of the Office of Science’s Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program. In addition to her Associate Director duties, she is leading the development of the Department’s Exascale Computing Initiative to deliver a capable Exascale system by 2021.  Ms. Helland previously served as ASCR’s Facilities Division Director.  Prior to assuming the role of Division Director, she served as the Program Manager for ASCR’s Argonne and Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facilities and the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center.   She was also responsible for the opening ASCR’s facilities to national researchers, including those in industry, through the expansion of the Department’s Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program.   Prior to DOE, Ms. Helland developed and managed computational science educational programs at Krell Institute.  She also spent 25 years at Ames Laboratory working closely with nuclear physicists and physical chemists to develop real time operating systems and software tools to automate experimental data collection and analysis and in the deployment and management of lab-wide computational resources.  She received   B.S. in Computer Science and a M. Ed in Organizational Learning and Human Resource Development from Iowa State University.