Source: HPC Wire | March 1, 2021
Arthur “Buddy” Bland of the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) was presented the Secretary’s Exceptional Service Award in December for 40 years of exceptional service to the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the nation delivering extraordinary leadership in high-performance computing (HPC). The highest of the Secretary’s Departure Awards, the Exceptional Service Award is given annually to recognize DOE employees whose outstanding and unique accomplishments and leadership exemplify “the highest standards of and dedication to public service and significantly benefits the department and the nation.”
In December, former Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette virtually presented the award, which is given upon an individual’s departure from the agency. Bland retired this week from his 36-year career at DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), 14 of which were spent directing the OLCF’s largest supercomputing projects.