Skip to main content

Rising Stars Network

Supporting the education and development of newcomers to the world of science gateways

The Science Gateways Rising Stars Network is a community for those just starting out as well as experienced researchers and educators who are beginning to use Science Gateways. Supporters of the Rising Stars Network serve as mentors, workforce development committee members, and hosts for Rising Stars activities. 


Rising Star of the Year Award

This award acknowledges students or professionals for notable achievement in the advancement of science gateways. The award includes a certificate plus an honorarium and website highlight. Award recipients are recognized at the annual Gateways conference

Rising Stars will be contacted by the Workforce Development team and recognized at Gateways 2023
Learn more about the Rising Star of the Year Award.

2022 Awardees (recognized at the Gateways 2022 conference)

Josselyn Salgado
Marketing Administrator, Greater Chicago Area
Nominated by Je'aime Powell

Marquita Watkins
Chemistry Professor, University of South Carolina
Nominated by Sandra Gesing

Hector Santiago III
Software Engineer, Nationwide
Nominated by Suresh Marru

Jake Rosenberg
Engineering Scientist Associate, TACC
Nominated by Tracy Brown

Christian Garcia
Intern, TACC
Nominated by Joe Stubbs

2020 Awardees (recognized at the Gateways 2020 conference)

Nicole Brewer
Software Engineer, Purdue University
Scientific Solutions Group
Women in HPC Co-Chair
Research Computing
BS Mathematics with Computer Science

Juan Martínez Ramírez
Texas Advanced Computing Center
Java Web developer
Web and Mobile Applications group (WMA)
MS in Computer Science
BS in Computer Engineering

La’Andrea Gates
Masters student, Mississippi State University
SGCI Graduate Research Assistant, ECSU
MS in Computer Science (anticipated)
BS in Computer Science

Yuexi Chen
Ph.D. student, Computer Science
The University of Maryland, College Park (UMD)
SGCI Graduate Research Assistant, ECSU
MS in Computer Science (anticipated)
BS in Computer Science

2019 Awardees (recognized at the Gateways 2019 conference)

Edsel Norwood
Graduate Student, Elizabeth City State University
SGCI Programming Language Educator
MS in Applied Mathematics (anticipated)
BS in Computer Science
AS Computer Programming

Choonhan Youn
San Diego Supercomputer Center
SGCI Extended Developer Support Consultant and Scientific Software Collaborative Staff
Ph.D. Computer Science
MS Computer Engineering
BS Computer Engineering

Jared McLean
Graduate Student, University of Hawaii Manoa
Hawai'i EPSCoR 'Ike Wai project
MS Computer Science (anticipated)
BS Computer Science
Certificate in Database Management

2018 Awardees (recognized at the Gateways 2018 conference)

Je’aime H. Powell
Senior Systems Administrator, Curriculum Specialist, Lecturer
Texas Advanced Computing Center,  University of Texas at Austin 
PhD Student
MS Applied Mathematics with a concentration in Remote Sensing
BS Computer Science with a minor in Aviation

Sean B. Cleveland
Cyberinfrastructure Research Scientist
University of Hawaii
PhD Microbiology with a concentration in Bioinformatics
BS Computer Science

Carrie Arnold
Software Engineer, Web and Mobile Applications
Texas Advanced Computing Center University of Texas at Austin
MS Computer Science
BM Music Engineering Technology, Saxophone Minors: Computer Science, Applied Physics (Electronics)

Jaewoo Shin
Graduate Professional, PhD Student
Research Computing /Computer Science, 
Purdue University 
BS Computer Science
BS Information and Computer Engineering

Mona Wong
Software Engineer at San Diego Supercomputer Center
BS Computer Science


2017 Awardees (recognized at the Gateways 2017 conference)

2017 Young Professional of the Year Awards

Hector H. Corzo
BS Chemical Physics
Computational Chemistry PhD Candidate at Auburn University 
Science Gateways Computational Chemistry Workshop
Chemical Computing Group Excellence Award

Rajesh Kalyanam
Software Engineer in Research Computing, Purdue University
PhD in Computer Engineering, Purdue University
Purdue Satellite Data Portal
Geospatial Data for Agricultural Economists
Cybersecurity Education Platform

Joseph T. Yun
BS Computer Science
MS Advertising
PhD Candidate in Informatics (ABD)
Leader, Social Media Analytics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Social Media Macroscope Project
Young Professional Liaison to the SGCI Workforce Development Committee


Questions? Email