ORCD Newsletter: September 28, 2023

Meet the team!

Each newsletter we will introduce you to a member of team ORCD so you can get to know them, and feel free to reach out and say hello. First up Shaohao Chen!

ORCD staff member Shaohao Chen

Shaohao Chen came to ORCD from the Department of Brain & Cognitive Science (BCS) and McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, where he worked as a Computational Support Specialist focusing on high-performance computing (HPC) user support and system administration.

After obtaining a Bachelor's degree in physics and a Ph.D. degree in Atomic Molecular Optical Physics from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, Shaohao became a postdoctoral researcher at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA) at the University of Colorado Boulder and then at Louisiana State University (LSU). He did research on computational atomic physics and attosecond science.  

Later Shaohao worked as an HPC consultant at the Center for Computation & Technology LSU. He then moved to Boston and worked as a Senior Scientific Programmer/Analyst in the Research Computing group at Boston University (BU), before joining MIT BCS.

In his free time, Shaohao reads science or history books/articles, writes popular science articles, and plays soccer. 

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Positions

ORCD is hiring undergraduate and graduate student positions! See the news post on our website for more details and application information.

We are looking for students who are passionate about the use of computing in research and who will enjoy answering questions, helping debug other researchers' technical computing problems and participating in activities to help all members of the MIT research community use computing effectively to advance research. The MIT Office of Research Computing supports computing for every part of campus spanning areas from plasma fusion research to business analytics.

Above the Fold

  • MIT Administration and GSU agree on a three year contract, here. This is a good thing.

What We're Reading

  • Cyber attacks on NSF telescopes
  • Return of space probe OSIRIS-Rex from the asteroid Bennu with rocks
  • More Moore? Nature has a hyper detailed article on future transistors that seems to indicate they might continue to shrink, at least for a while.
  • In case you were wondering, anti-matter falls down.