The Mark O. Robbins Prize is awarded annually to two PhD students who exemplify Dr. Robbins’ legacy, recognizing their outstanding achievement in high-performance computing. A third annual award, the Robbins Future Faculty Award, is targeted at post-doctoral students. Awardees are expected to be users of ARCH (Advanced Research Computing at Hopkins).
Dr. Mark Robbins (pictured), a beloved professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at JHU from 1986–2020, was also an avid orchid enthusiast.
Two PhD awardees and one Future Faculty awardee will receive:
A Commemorative plaque
Recognition in the high-performance computing (HPC) community via a presentation of their work at an ARCH (Advanced Research Computing at Hopkins)-sponsored conference in 2022
The Future faculty awardee will also receive a generous allocation of compute hours at MARCC and must acknowledge ARCH and the Robbins Prize in their ensuing pubs.
PhD Prize applicants must be:
• A JHU PhD student
• In their 3rd year or higher
• Nominated by their PhD advisor*
(limit of one nomination per advisor)
*Self-nominations will not be accepted
Future Faculty Prize applicants must be:
• A new or existing JHU post-doc
The nomination application for both awards must be submitted as a single PDF file via email to email@example.com by 5pm, Monday,
March 1, 2022 EXTENDED TO March 21, 2022.
A PhD Award nomination package shall consist of:
• An abstract of 300 words or less describing your research accomplishments related to computational science and engineering over the course of your PhD degree and specifically address the following questions:
What work in HPC have you completed?
Why do you deserve a prize in HPC?
• A copy of your CV (maximum of 2 pages in length)
• A 1-page letter of support from your PhD advisor describing your contributions to computational science and HPC development, e.g., through algorithm development, opening access to a new class of problems, solving a unique problem using computation, and including any contributions to the teaching mission in computationally related subjects or to DEI.
A FF nomination package shall consist of the same contents as the PhD nomination package (abstract, CV, and 1-page letter from your research advisor) with the distinction that the abstract shall address these topics instead:
Please explain your contributions to research, and potentially teaching, in HPC algorithms and/or applications.
Why do you need HPC to advance your work?
Since the Future Faculty award will contain an allocation of compute-hours from ARCH, the applicant’s abstract shall be devoted to providing a plan to use this allocation, i.e., FF applicants are encouraged to treat the application as if it were a project proposal.
Karthik Menon, Department of Mechanical Engineering (Rajat Mittal)
Menon‘s research focuses on the development of computational and data-driven techniques to study the interaction of fluids with flexible and moving surfaces within liquid flows.
Andrew Ruttinger, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (Paulette Clancy)
Ruttinger‘s research focuses on using computational modeling to develop insights into quantum dot photovoltaics, lithium extraction from low-concentration sources, and the development of thermal energy storage.
Sai Pooja Mahajan, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (Jeffrey Gray)
Mahajan‘s work focuses on developing and applying computational techniques aimed at solving complex problems in computational lithography and computational protein structure, function, and design.