Research Computing senior scientist awarded $25,000 Better Scientific Software fellowship

Amiya Maji, a senior computational scientist for Research Computing, has been named a 2022 Fellow by the Better Scientific Software (BSSw) Fellowship Program, which aims to foster and promote practices, processes, and tools to improve developer productivity and software sustainability of scientific codes. 

Each 2022 Fellow will receive up to $25,000 for an activity that promotes better scientific software, such as organizing a workshop, preparing a tutorial, or creating content to engage the scientific software community.

Maji, who joined Research Computing in 2015 after earning his doctorate in computer engineering from Purdue, will use his funding to document and present best practices across various HPC centers for managing Python, and develop software that will simplify Python package installation and environment management on Purdue’s community clusters. His work will prove especially useful for faculty teaching courses who need hundreds of students to install Python for classroom exercises, and broadly to improve scientific productivity for a growing community of Python users in HPC centers.  

The fellowship funding will cover Maji’s time on the project, as well as support an undergraduate student that he will mentor.

“I’m very honored to be selected as one of the BSSw fellows this year,” says Maji. “The fellowship provides a unique opportunity to network with experts in high-performance computing and learn from their experiences.”

The BSSw Fellowship Program is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and National Science Foundation (NSF) to enable a more robust approach toward pioneering the future of advanced computing ecosystems and leadership in science and engineering. The program enhances workforce development and pathways to NSF and DOE software communities, through nurturing a network of people who advance software practices as a fundamental aspect of increasing overall scientific productivity.

Maji and the other Fellows will be recognized during the 2022 Exascale Computing Project Annual Meeting in May.

Writer: Adrienne Miller, science and technology writer, Research Computing,

Last updated: February 24, 2022