Ceren Susut Named DOE ASCR Associate Director of Science

Published: 16 October 2023

Leader Selected for DOE’s Advanced Scientific Computing Research 

DOE ASCR Associate Director of Science Ceren Susut.
DOE ASCR Associate Director of Science Ceren Susut. Photo courtesy of the American Institute of Physics (AIP).

Ceren Susut was recently named associate director (AD) of Science for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR).

With extensive experience in establishing vision, developing policy and planning strategy, Susut has served in ASCR for more than 12 years as a program manager, the director for ASCR’s Computational Science Research and Partnerships Division, and most recently as the acting associate director for ASCR.

“Dr. Susut has been a proactive leader with a proven track record of performance and has been recognized for her accomplishments by SC leadership and the Secretary of Energy,” DOE said in its announcement. “She has played a critical role in the growth of the emerging computing technologies portfolios within SC and in forging interdisciplinary collaborations to lower the barriers for the effective use of high-performance computing for scientific discovery.”

Susut was instrumental in the establishment of the National Quantum Information Science (QIS) Research Centers, established a platform for American industry and national laboratory scientists to speak directly with Congressional staffers, and organized a series of panel discussions that showcased the productivity of public-private collaborations to accelerate emergent technologies and American leaderships in QIS.

Among Susut’s other achievements are her efforts to plan, budget, and launch cycles of the Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) program and boosting SciDAC’s collaboration and outreach approach to DOE communities outside the Office of Science. She led the new and rapidly emerging opportunities and challenges presented by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and led efforts to identify how unique DOE capabilities can drive progress in AI, culminating in the May 2023 release of the report AI for Science, Energy, and Security.

Susut also led efforts to integrate and build coalitions with historically excluded communities to advance engagement and expand the STEM workforce.

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This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, through the Biological and Environmental Research program as part of the Atmospheric System Research program.