2016 Celebration in Honor of Pioneering Computer Scientist Margaret Butler
Argonne’s Women in Science and Technology (WIST) Program and the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) present the second “Margaret Butler Celebration of Women in Computational Science and Nuclear Engineering.”
The celebration to honor Butler will take place Monday, June 6, 2016, from 1–5 p.m., at the Building 240 TCS Conference Center, Room 1416. All Argonne employees are welcome to attend.
Argonne employees, guests and the public are welcome to attend the event. Visitors can apply for a gate pass by contacting Renée Plzak at (630) 252-3556.
- Deadline for gate pass for non-U.S. citizen: Monday, May 23
- Deadline for gate pass for U.S citizen: Wednesday, June 1
Highlights of the event include:
- Keynote address by Valerie E. Taylor, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Royce E. Wisenbaker Professor, Texas A&M University
- Poster session on computational science and nuclear engineering research projects at Argonne: a professional development opportunity for scientists and engineers to present their research in an informal and collaborative setting
Margaret Butler (1924–2013) was a pioneering scientist who spent her career at the forefront of the development of computer science, computational science and nuclear energy. Butler began her career at Argonne in 1948. She was the first woman named a fellow of the American Nuclear Society. Deeply involved in the mathematics and numerical computations for the design of the Navy’s first nuclear submarine reactor, Butler subsequently became part of the logical design team for several early computers at Argonne. She later headed the first operating system used at Argonne for the IBM 704, was leader of the Applications Programming Section in Argonne’s Applied Mathematics Division and served as director of the National Energy Software Center from 1972 to 1991.
For additional information about Margaret Butler’s career, see The Remarkable Career of a Pioneering Computational Scientist.