2022 MSI Research Exhibition

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MSI held the 13th annual Research Exhibition on April 26, 2022. For the first time since 2019, we were able to hold the event in person at our offices in Walter Library.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Platinum level

PIER Group in partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Silver level


Events included a panel discussion about employment in HPC fields, presentations about MSI and other Research Computing groups, tours of the data center, including our newest supercomputer, Agate, and visualizations by MSI users in the Visualization Lab.

Panel Discussion - Employment in High Performance Computing


            HPE - Charlie Carroll, R&D VP for HPC/MCS Storage

            VAST Data - Dr. Subramanian Kartik, VP of Systems Engineering

            U of M OIT - Andres Irigoyen-Au, Infrastructure Manager

            MSI - Dr. Josh Baller, Director of Applications and Services


Research Computing overview - Dr. Jim Wilgenbusch

U-Spatial - Planetary Imaging - Dr. Jeffery Thompson

UMII funding and project support - Dr. Thomas Pengo

Agate (architecture, queues, science, design, faculty role) - Graham Allan

MSI overview, current statistics, future plans - Dr. Josh Baller

Presentations slide deck

Poster Session

Posters by MSI users competed in one of two categories, Life Sciences and Engineering and Physical Sciences and Engineering. They were judged using the following criteria:

  • How much did using MSI contribute to the outcome of the research presented?
  • How well is the use of MSI and the research communicated on the poster?
  • How important is this science?

Life Sciences and Engineering

Grand Prize Winner (travel award of $2,000):

Metagenomic insights into the role of organic sulfur in the deep biosphere

Authors: Amanda Patsis, Cara Santelli, Cody Sheik

MSI PI: Cody Sheik (Biology, University of Minnesota Duluth)

Finalists (travel awards of $1,000):

Design of peptide hydrogels for drug delivery: An experimental and computational study

Authors: Neetu Singh Yadav, Youchi Zhang, Megan Pitz, Angela Alexander-Bryant, Sapna Sarupria

MSI PI: Sapna Sarupria (Chemistry)

Divergence among metagenome-assembled genomes of extremely thermophilic cyanobacteria

Authors: Eric D. Kees, Senthil K. Murugaprian, Annastacia C. Bennett, Trinity L. Hamilton

MSI PI:  Trinity L. Hamilton (Plant and Microbial Biology)

Physical Sciences and Engineering

Grand Prize Winner (travel award of $2,000):

CalCROP21: A georeferenced multi-spectral dataset of satellite imagery and crop labels

Authors: Rahul Ghosh, Praveen Ravirathinam, Xiaowei Jia, Ankush Khandelwal, David Mulla, Vipin Kumar

MSI PI: Vipin Kumar (Computer Science and Engineering)

Finalists (travel awards of $1,000):

Direct numerical simulation of high pressure turbulent cool flames

Authors: Navneeth Srinivasan, R. Surya Narayan, Suo Yang

MSI PI: Suo Yang (Mechanical Engineering)

Supercomputing across length scales: Structure-property relationships in disparate materials

Authors: Kevin M. Schmalbach, Justin Y. Cheng, Zhao Wang, Shuozhi Xu, Rebecca L. Combs, Youxing Chen, Zezhou Li, Jon K. Baldwin, R. Lee Penn, Andreas Stein, Irene J. Beyerlein, Nathan A. Mara

MSI PI: Nathan A. Mara (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science)

Thank you to the Poster Session judges!

  • Turan Birol, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Ben Lynch, MSI
  • Estephan Moana Filho, Diagnostic and Biological Sciences
  • Christine O’Connor, MSI
  • Roger Rusack, Physics and Astronomy
  • Nathan Springer, Plant and Microbial Biology

posted on April 27, 2022

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