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WestGrid / University of Alberta team members honoured with Awards of Excellence

At a special awards evening during the CANHEIT-TECC 2018 conference, Compute Canada continued its tradition of celebrating and recognizing exceptional contributions and outstanding support of the Canadian research community. Two WestGrid team members, Masao Fujinaga and Kamil Marcinkowski, were among the 2018 winners of the Compute Canada Awards of Excellence.

L to R: Alain Veilleux (Université de Sherbrooke / Calcul Quebec) accepting on behalf of Michel Barrette and Richard Lefebvre; Scott Delinger (University of Alberta / WestGrid) accepting on behalf of Masao Fujinaga; Kamil Marcinkowski (University of Alberta / WestGrid), Félix-Antoine Fortin (Université Laval / Calcul Québec), Robbin Tourangeau (Compute Canada)

Career Achievement

  • Masao Fujinaga, University of Alberta

Masao retired earlier this year, capping a 17-year career as a WestGrid Support Team member at the University of Alberta (U of A). During his time at the U of A, Masao was one of the top ticket agents within both the WestGrid and Compute Canada teams, answering hundreds of support inquiries from users across the country. Last year alone, he closed 800 tickets. When he wasn't answering user questions, he could often be found running local or virtual training sessions, as well as helping researchers leverage HPC within their projects. Masao was responsible for installing nearly 35 percent of all software packages on Compute Canada's software stack, and made significant contributions to the development of Compute Canada's own helpdesk software. His dedication and commitment to research computing in Canada will be missed, but we wish him the best in retirement.  

Team Choice Award

  • Kamil Marcinkowski, University of Alberta 

Kamil is a System Analyst at the U of A and has been a member of the WestGrid Support Team since 2005. Over the years he has established himself as one of the go-to experts within Compute Canada's national scheduling team, and he regularly delivered training sessions to help researchers maximize their use of a scheduler to get their computing jobs done faster and more efficiently. His attention to detail and passion for helping people make the most of WestGrid and Compute Canada's systems has won him accollades from both users and colleagues alike. We are pleased he has been recognized for his diligent efforts!

The University of Alberta IST Department recently profiled both Kamil and Masao to acknowledge their awards. Click here to read the IST blog post.

Other WestGrid team members who were nominated for awards this year included:

  • Adam Spencer, Simon Fraser University
  • Doug Phillips, University of Calgary
  • Grigory Shamov, University of Manitoba
  • Jamie Rosner, University of British Columbia
  • Roman Baranowski, University of British Columbia
  • Ryan Enge, University of Victoria

"I'm incredibly proud to see so many of our staff nominated for these awards," said Lindsay Sill, WestGrid Chief Executive Officer. "This is just a snapshot of the hard work and hands-on efforts I know everyone on WestGrid's team delivers every day. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees within Compute Canada -- your efforts are valued and an important part of Canada's research community."

Other Compute Canada team members who received 2018 Awards of Excellence included:

  • Michel Barrette, Université de Sherbrooke - Outstanding Achievement Award 
  • Félix-Antoine Fortin, Université Laval - Award of Excellence
  • Richard Lefebvre, Université de Montréal - Award of Excellence
  • Sergiy Khan, St. Mary’s University - Award of Excellence
  • Oliver Stueker, Memorial University - Award of Excellence

To read the full profiles of all the 2018 Award of Excellence winners, click here.