ECP Researcher Earns Esteemed Presidential Early Career Award

By Scott Gibson

Jordan Musser of the National Energy Technology Laboratory and the Exascale Computing Project

Jordan Musser

Jordan Musser, a scientist with the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and the US Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP), is among 315 researchers named on July 2 by President Donald Trump to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest distinction bestowed by the United States government on early-career researchers.

“It’s obviously an honor to win. There are so many people who are deserving of this award besides me, but it’s nice to be selected and have your work recognized with this level of admiration from the government,” Musser said.

His job role is that of a physical research scientist in the Research and Innovation Center’s Computational Science and Engineering Division at NETL. He joined the Multiphase Flow Team there in 2009 supporting development of NETL’s open-source, reacting multiphase computational fluid dynamics software suite, MFiX. Today he oversees in-house MFiX development activities and supports the NETL-funded external version of such work.

In ECP he is on a team that is building the next-generation MFIX code, called MFiX-Exa. It will enable high-fidelity simulations that could decrease the technical risk involved in developing novel combustion technologies for reducing the costs associated with carbon capture.

MFiX-Exa also has the potential to make an impact beyond the energy sector. “It could be used in chemical processing, pharmaceuticals, and any industry that involves gas solids or granular gas flows of interest,” Musser said.

Established in 1996, the PECASE acknowledges exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology, public education, and community outreach. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy coordinates the awards.


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