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Sandia researcher Mark Taylor receives highest award from DOE Secretary

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories researcher Mark Taylor has received the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 2014 Secretary’s Honor Award — the department’s highest non-monetary employee recognition — for his work as chief computational scientist for DOE’s Accelerated Climate Modeling for Energy (ACME) executive council team.

Chief Computational Scientist Mark Taylor

Sandia National Laboratories’ Mark Taylor is the chief computational scientist for the Department of Energy’s Accelerated Climate Modeling for Energy executive council team. (Photo by Randy Montoya) Click on the thumbnail for a high-resolution image.

The award recognizes the team’s work to unify the DOE’s climate modeling research community. Integration of DOE’s many efforts to develop atmosphere, land, ocean and sea-ice models will enable development of a fully coupled climate-system computational simulation with ultra-high resolution. This model will better serve the department’s energy and science missions. Expected to be available in 2017, the ACME model will be used to address the most difficult questions that climate scientists face.

Said Taylor, “Sandia will play a leading role by contributing our expertise in high-performance computing, uncertainty quantification and software engineering best practices. I’m honored to be part of this exciting project.”

Taylor shared the award with William Collins from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and David Bader from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

A plaque and certificate were presented to Taylor by Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz on May 7 in Washington, D.C.

Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corp., for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. With main facilities in Albuquerque, N.M., and Livermore, Calif., Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies and economic competitiveness.

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