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MARCIA BARBOSA

Topic: Latin American Women on HPC


Graduated (1981), master's (1984) and doctorate (1988) in physics from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. She is member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and serves as a full professor from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul and director of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. She has experience in Physics, with an emphasis on Condensed Matter Physics, working mainly in water. For the study of water anomalies, she was awarded in 2013 the Loreal-Unesco Award for Women in Physical Sciences.

In parallel, she works on gender issues and in 2002 she co-organized the IUPAP First International Conference in Women in Physics. For supporting women in science she won the American Physical Society's Nicholson Medal in 2009. For her post-graduate work, she won the Anisio Teixeira da Capes Award in 2016 and for her work in favor of science, in 2018 she received the Medal of Scientific Merit as a commendator from the presidency of the republic. In 2020 she was recognized by UN-Women as one the seven women scientists who have shaped our world.

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VERÓNICA MELESSE VERGARA

Topic: Latin American Women on HPC


Verónica G. Vergara Larrea is originally from Quito, Ecuador. Verónica earned a B.A. in Mathematics/Physics at Reed College and a M.S. in Computational Science at Florida State University. Verónica has eight years of experience in the high performance computing field and is currently working as an HPC Engineer at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility. In addition to providing assistance to OLCF users, Verónica is part of the systems testing team and led acceptance for Summit, ORNL’s next generation supercomputer. Her research interests include high performance computing, large-scale system testing, and performance evaluation and optimization of scientific applications. Verónica is a member of both IEEE and ACM and serves in the ACM SIGHPC Executive Committee.