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Faces of HPC
Annika Hagemeier started her carreer in HPC in 2002 with a dual study program at Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany. She finished this program as a “Mathematical-Technical Assistant” (MaTA) and with a pre-diploma in Technomathematics in 2005. She continued studying Technomathematics at FH Aachen, University of Applied Sciences, while working as a part-time employee in the Simulation Lab Molecular Systems at JSC. In her diploma and master theses she evaluated how different hardware architectures like FPGAs and the Cell Broadband Engine can be efficiently used for molecular dynamics simulations.
After finishing her master studies in 2009 she worked as a scientist at JSC in the Computational Science Division. Since many years, she gives lectures in parallel programming for prospective mathematical-technical software developers in collaboration with the FH Aachen.
She is currently a member of the Simulation and Data Laboratory Astronomie and Astrophysics where she works on facilitating the usage of astronomical simulation codes on the JSC HPC systems.
As a mother of two children and a part-time employee she experienced how difficult the combination of work and family really is, especially for women. As one of the family ambassadors at FZJ she is a first point of contact for questions concerning the reconciliation of family and career. As a member of the JuWinHPC management board she is interested in increasing the acceptance of part-time employees. Making it possible, not even for women, but for parents in general, to make a career in HPC although they want to accompanying their children on their journey through life in the extent they need it would be a strong wish for her.