Scientists in Residence
Scientist in Residence
Oct 23, 2020 9:30 am to 12:00 pm

Join us to  Learn about future opportunities for students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 


9:30 a.m.  - Dr. Kevin Griffin 
10:30 a.m. - Dr. Kirsten Howley 
11:15 a.m.  - Questions

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Dr. Kevin Griffin is a Software Engineer and Solutions Executive for the High-Performance Computing Innovation Center at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Kevin has also been selected as an Adjunct Associate Professor at San Joaquin Delta College where he will teach computer science courses. In his software engineer role, Kevin is one of the key developers for VisIt, a distributed, parallel visualization and graphical analysis tool, and project leader for PyDV, a Python based tool for visualizing one-dimensional datasets. 

Dr. Griffin has a Diversity and Inclusion certification from Cornell University’s ILR school and is currently serving on ACM SIGGRAPH’s Diversity and Inclusion committee. Kevin received a B.S. in computer science from the University of Delaware, an M.S. in computer science from the University of Tulsa and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Davis. In November, Kevin will start a new role as Senior Developer Technology Engineer for NVIDIA. 

Kirsten Howley is a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). She works on issues pertaining to national security, including planetary defense. Her work involves deriving analytic equations and leveraging large-scale computing systems (supercomputers) to simulate asteroid deflection scenarios, with a focus on the effectiveness of standoff nuclear explosions to alter the speed – and thus orbital timing – of potential threats. 

In addition to her planetary defense work, she is involved in modeling and executing hydrodynamic experiments important to assessing the safety, security and effectiveness of explosive devices related to national security. 

Kirsten holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in astronomy and astrophysics from UC Santa Cruz, and a B.A. in physics and astrophysics from UC Berkeley. She began her education at Peralta Community College. She joined Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a graduate student summer intern in 2007, worked as a postdoc and was hired onto the staff in 2013. She was the first of what has become numerous staff members who got their start at LLNL