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Ilene Carpenter

Computational Science | 303-275-3947

Dr. Ilene Carpenter joined NREL's Computational Science Center in 2010. Prior to that, she managed the scientific applications and benchmarking group at SGI until 2009, when she took a position at the National Center for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. There she was a liaison to climate modelers on the National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS) systems and also led a project to port the Community Atmosphere Model (CAM) atmospheric model to run on next generation systems with graphics processing units (GPUs).

Dr. Carpenter joined Cray Research, Inc., in 1992 as a computational chemist. As a member of the UniChem development group, she worked on electronic structure codes and the UniChem user interface. She joined the environmental sciences group at Cray in 1995 and worked on parallelization and performance optimization of weather, climate, and subsurface transport models. She continued to work in this area after Silicon Graphics acquired Cray Research and became technical lead for weather and climate applications in 2001.

Dr. Carpenter did postdoctoral research in Warren Hehre's group at the University of California, Irvine, where she did molecular dynamics studies of liquid-liquid interfaces and of structure disaccharides. She followed that with a postdoctoral fellowship at the Minnesota Supercomputer Institute where she did simulations of DNA in Victor Bloomfield's group in the Biochemistry department at the University of Minnesota. Her dissertation work was in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) relaxation studies.

Research Interests

Performance and scalability of scientific applications on large-scale parallel computers; programming models for parallel computing.


Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison

B.S., Chemistry, Cornell University.