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Dr. Marie-Christine Sawley

Senior Scientist, ETH Zurich, CERN Group, Switzerland

Marie-Christine Sawley graduated in physics and engineering at the Swiss Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL) and completed a PhD in plasma physics at the CRPP-EPFL in 1985 on analytical and numerical studies of the coupling phenomena between electromagnetic waves and magnetically confined plasmas. In 1997, she was granted a scholarship to attend the “Leadership Competence Program” at IMD in Lausanne.

After a post doc at the Physics department of the University of Sydney in Australia, she was appointed head of the User Consulting Group at the Scientific Computing Centre of the EPFL. In 1994, she became Support Team manager of the CRAY-EPFL Partnership program on Parallel Applications. Dr. Sawley was nominated General Manager of CSCS on July 1, 2003, the Swiss national supercomputing centre and managed the centre under a 4-year performance mandate, expanding the scientific and technical staff to a headcount of 35 and introducing new HPC technology. In January 2008, she joined the Institute for Particle Physics of ETH Zurich, and presently works on the massive computing requirements of the CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) experiment at CERN.

As a professional of scientific computing for more than two decades, she has been actively involved in the support of scientific projects cutting across a number of disciplines: engineering, aeronautics,CFD, high energy physics, material sciences. She has been active in a number of conference programmes committees, technology selection committees, white papers editor and as a speaker; she was one of the proponents and drivers for establishing the Vital-IT centre of the Swiss Institute for Bioinformatics in 2002.