Computing for the Future
The Kickoff Conference at the New Mexico Tech in
Socorro will be held on the weekend of October 10-11, 2015.
For each student and teacher attending
the Kickoff, the Supercomputing Challenge will provide room and board.
Attendance at the Kickoff is not required for participation in the Challenge.
Attendance at the Kickoff will be limited to 350 students.
Theme for this year - Supercomputing Around Us: Sensors and Data
Saturday Lunch time speaker, David Mascarenas from LANL
David D. L. Mascareñas earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in structural engineering
at the University of California San Diego, in La Jolla,CA in 2008 and 2006
respectively. He received the B.S. in mechanical engineering at Colorado State
University in Fort Collins, CO in 2004.
He worked as a laboratory manager at SAIC/Sullivan International in 2009 to
develop systems health monitoring software for ground-based robots. In 2010
he was a Director's funded postdoctoral researcher at Los Alamos National
Laboratory. In 2012 he was converted to a technical staff member at the Los
Alamos National Laboratory where he currently performs research on cyber-physical
systems at the Engineering Institute. He currently performs research on the
application of compressive sensing techniques to structural health monitoring,
the deployment of wireless sensor networks, standoff experimental mechanics,
and the development of techniques to interface humans to data using
After Dinner speaker, Roger Wiens, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Roger's talk is titled: Exploring Mars with Curiosity
is the ChemCam Principal Investigator for the Mars Science Laboratory Rover.
Learn more about ChemCam at:
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/mission/instruments/spectrometers/chemcam and at
Roger is the author of Red Rover: Inside the Story of Robotic Space Exploration, 2013, Basic Books.
Sunday Lunch time speakers
Meghan Hill and Katelynn James will talk about their project that won the 2014-2015
Supercomputing Challenge and what it takes to produce a winning project. Meghan now
attends New Mexico Tech in Socorro and Katelynn attends the University of New Mexico
in Albuquerque. They attended Monte del Sol Charter School during the 2014-15
Teachers will meet from 3:30-4:50 to talk about the
Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and
participate in a discussion/work session with Dr. Michael Stanton from the State Public
Education Department on a special project from the Career Technical Education Program linking classrooms to careers.
The general schedule.
Here are the detailed schedules.
Housing will be provided at local hotels in Socorro on a first come
first served basis.
- America's Best Value Inn housing list:
Down to Earth, Freedom, New Futures High, Sandia High, Santa Fe,
St Pius X, Sat Sci & Math Acad
- Comfort Inn housing list:
Aldo Leopold, Jackson Middle School, Melrose High, Melrose Mid, Rio Rancho Cyber Acad
- Econo Lodge housing list:
ATC, Camino Real Mid, Desert Academy, Las Cruces High, Las Cruces YWiC, Los Lunas,
Mesa Mid, Portales, Taos High
- Super 8 housing list:
Albuquerque Academy, Aspen Elem, Los Alamos High, Los Alamos Mid, Mountain Elem,
Mesa Alta Jr High, Robertson
- Unknown hotel housing list:
Remember that Supercomputing Challenge teams need to bring a Proposal
with you to the Kickoff. See Proposal
hints. A Proposal template is to
be filled out for each team.
Be sure you have registered for the Supercomputing
To learn more about previous years' kickoffs, visit our archive