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Kerstin Kleese van Dam

Kerstin Kleese van Dam leads Brookhaven Lab's Computational Science Initiative, which leverages computational science expertise and investments across multiple programs—including the flagship facilities that attract thousands of scientific users each year— to tackle the big data challenges at the frontiers of scientific discovery. Key partners in this endeavor include nearby universities like Stony Brook, Columbia, Cornell, NYU, and Yale, and companies such as IBM Research. 

With more than 25 years' experience in the field, Kleese van Dam comes to Brookhaven from Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL) in Richland, WA, where she most recently served as Associate Division Director of the Computational Science and Mathematics Division, as well as Chief Scientist and Lead of Data Services. Her responsibilities included a wide range of data management research and development projects in applied computer science research. She also led the creation of a data analysis thrust area in PNNL's Chemical Imaging Initiative.

She has co-authored more than 100 publications and is a member of the DOE Advanced Scientific Computing Research Advisory Committee's standing subcommittee on Science, Technology and Information. Her primary research interests are in the areas of scientific data management, curation, and exploitation using metadata and semantic technologies.