Ph.D. student wins Department of Energy fellowship

David Ozog, a Ph.D. student in the University of Oregon’s computer and information science department, has won a Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (CSGF) from the Department of Energy.

“This is a highly competitive fellowship that recognizes David’s academic accomplishments and future potential in computational science research,” said Allen Davis Malony, Ozog’s Ph.D. advisor.

Ozog is one of 10 students with backgrounds in scientific or engineering disciplines, computer science, or applied mathematics to receive the fellowship. He is the only Oregon recipient in the new class of fellows. The award provides up to four years of support to students pursuing doctoral degrees in areas of study that focus on the use of high-performance computing technology to solve complex problems in science and engineering. This year’s CSGF recipients include students from Stanford, Harvard, MIT, UC-Berkeley, and other top-notch academic institutions.

Ozog will receive a yearly stipend of $36,000, payment of all tuition and fees, an annual academic allowance to support professional development, purchasing of books/supplies, and travel to conferences. He will also participate in the fellowship's annual program review in Washington, D.C., and will be afforded the opportunity to complete a three-month practicum at one of 20 DOE laboratory sites — allowing him to use some of the nation's largest and most sophisticated computational and experimental facilities to conduct his research.

Ozog received a master’s degree in chemistry from the UO in 2009, and is currently working toward a Ph.D. in computer science. He is particularly interested in how high-performance computing can improve scientific applications in the area of computational chemistry.

“Many of the world’s most pertinent energy problems are related to developing our fundamental understanding of how chemical systems work, which can require a huge number of concurrent calculations,” Ozog said. “One primary reason I think I received this fellowship is because of the interdisciplinary training I’ve received at UO in both the computer science and physical chemistry graduate programs.”   

Launched in 1991 to address the shortage of computational scientists in the United States, the Department of Energy’s Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) continues its commitment to training the next generation of scientific leaders. It is jointly funded by the Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Office of Defense Programs. Applications are carefully reviewed by external committees of distinguished individuals representing the DOE national laboratories, academia and industry.