The US National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS) has announced that Jack Wells has been appointed as the organisation’s new director of science, effective immediately.
In his new position, Wells will be responsible for an NCCS scientific strategy that ensures cost-effective, state-of-the-art computing to facilitate the scientific missions of the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Computing Research Center. Wells will also work closely with the National Science Foundation’s National Institute for Computational Sciences.
Wells began his career at the NCCS in 1997 as a Wigner postdoctoral fellow. He worked in Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL’s) Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate as group leader of both the Computational Materials Sciences group in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division, and the Nanomaterials Theory Institute in the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences. Wells also served for two years as director of institutional planning within the Laboratory Director’s Office, where his responsibilities included the development of a strategic plan for ORNL, oversight of discretionary research and development investments, and management of ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy) programs at ORNL.