Changes of note

kothe-thumb-220x275-15380.jpgOver the past week, I learned (belatedly it appears) of a few changes. Doug Kothe, pictured left, is no longer heading CASL (Consortium for the Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors), an innovation hub at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Jess Gehin has now taken over that role. Kothe, according to ORNL Director Thom Mason, has taken on an important new role with the big exascale supercomputing program that was established earlier this year by President Obama’s executive order, the National Strategic Computing Initiative. Here’s more from Inside HPC.

“Doug is playing a lead role in pulling that plan together,” Mason said, noting that the national labs are heavily involved but also the National Science Foundation and other agencies.

On another note, John Kotek, the Department of Energy’s acting assistant secretary for nuclear energy, who was in Oak Ridge this week for the 50th anniversary of the Molten Salt Reactor Experiment, has been nominated for the political appointment to fill that position.

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