[tforum] Fwd: Women in IT Networking (WINS) at SuperComputing (SC19) -- call for participation

Joe Breen Joe.Breen at utah.edu
Fri Mar 1 10:34:50 MST 2019


Hi,

The below program is a great opportunity for any women in the IT field.  I
have worked and chatted with several who participated over the past four
years.  They all expressed a lot of enjoyment regarding the opportunity,
and, a lot of appreciation of the learning and personal contacts.  They all
strongly encourage other women in IT to apply.

Other volunteer opportunities for students and others also exist each year
as part of SCInet.
* students:
https://sc19.supercomputing.org/program/studentssc/student-volunteers/
* others: https://sc19.supercomputing.org/scinet/participate-scinet/


As an FYI, the University of Utah has a booth annually at SC and has had
representation on the SCinet teams.  The Utah Education & Telehealth
Network (UETN) currently has representation across several of the SCinet
teams.  Jim Stewart of UETN is SCInet chair this year.  If you want to
learn a lot in a very short time period, volunteer for the SCinet team at
SC19..

  --Joe
  Joe.Breen at utah.edu
  Univ of Utah Center for High Performance Computing


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From: Jason Zurawski <zurawski at es.net>
Date: Fri, Mar 1, 2019 at 9:30 AM
Subject: [fasterdata-events] WINS: SC19 Call for Participation, Deadline
4/1/19
To: <fasterdata-events at es.net>



Dear Colleagues;


We are excited to announce that the Women in IT Networking at SC (WINS)
program is now accepting applications for the 2019 program.

Since 2015, the WINS program has provided an immersive “hands-on”
mentorship opportunity for early- to mid-career women in the IT field who
are selected to participate in the ground-up construction of SCinet, one of
the fastest and most advanced computer networks in the world
<https://sc19.supercomputing.org/scinet/all-about-scinet/> that is built
annually for the Supercomputing Conference (SC). SC19, to be held in
Denver, CO, is expected to attract more than 13,000 attendees who are
leaders in high performance computing and networking.

WINS is a joint effort between the Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences
Network (ESnet), the Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and
Research (KINBER), and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
(UCAR) and works collaboratively with the SC program committee.

The program offers travel funding for awardees through an NSF grant and
ESnet funding; collaborates with SCinet committee leadership to match each
awardee with a SCinet team and a mentor; and provides ongoing support and
career development opportunities for the awardees before, during, and after
the conference.

Interested and qualified women are encouraged to apply. More detailed
information can be found below, and a PDF version of the Call for
Participation is attached. We encourage you to distribute this information
to your networks and contacts.

The application deadline is April 1, 2019 at 11:59pm AoE; award
notifications will be sent by mid to late May 2019. You can access the
application here: http://www.women-in-networking.net/apply-to-wins/

Sincerely,

Jason Zurawski

Energy Sciences Network (ESnet)

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SC19 WINS Call for Participation

Apply: http://www.women-in-networking.net/apply-to-wins/

Submission deadline: April 1, 2019 at 11:59 PM AoE

The Women in IT Networking at SC (WINS) <http://women-in-networking.net/>
program is seeking qualified female candidates in their early- to
mid-career to join the SCinet <https://sc19.supercomputing.org/scinet/>
volunteer workforce for the Supercomputing 2019 Conference (SC19)
<https://sc19.supercomputing.org/>, to be held in Denver, CO November
17-22. Selected candidates will receive full travel support and mentoring
by well-known engineering experts in the research and education community.

** All early to mid-career women employed in the IT field who are located
in the United States are encouraged to apply
<http://www.women-in-networking.net/apply-to-wins/>.**

Each year, expert volunteers from academia, government, and industry come
together to design, construct, and operate SCinet, a unique
multi-terabit-per-second network built to support attendees’ revolutionary
demonstrations that have become the hallmark of the SC conference. SCinet
takes a year to plan, a month to build, a week to operate, and just one day
to tear down.

Opportunities

SCinet provides an ideal “apprenticeship” opportunity for engineers and
technologists looking for direct access to the most cutting-edge network
hardware and software, while working side-by-side with the world’s leading
network, software, and systems engineers and top network technology vendors.

More than 15 teams comprise SCinet, all focused on specific areas of
expertise involved in setting up and operating a research network. Selected
candidates will be matched with a mentor in one of these areas based on
interest and background. Learning and training opportunities include (but
are not limited to):

   -

   Operating and maintaining traditional IT services for SCinet
   -

   Installing fiber optic network connections
   -

   Installing and configuring wireless access points
   -

   Installing and configuring wired network devices for conference meeting
   rooms
   -

   Managing internet routing protocols
   -

   Configuring wide-area network connections to national telecom providers
   -

   Supporting conference attendees, high performance computing, and
   high-performing network demonstrations
   -

   Participating in cybersecurity activities focused on prevention,
   detection, and countermeasures to protect the resources of the conference.


Travel for Professional Development with SCinet

This grant funds selected participants to travel for the staging, setup,
and live support of the SC conference as a SCinet volunteer. Travel could
include up to three weeks (or some portion of these three weeks) depending
on the SCinet team needs. SC19 will take place in Denver, CO. Participation
in the program requires travel in Denver for the following dates (not
including travel days):

   -

   SCinet Staging: Oct. 28-Nov. 1, 2019
   -

   SCinet Setup: Nov. 11-16, 2019
   -

   SCinet Live Operations/SC19 Conference and SCinet teardown:

Nov 17- Nov. 22, 2019

Participants also receive a complimentary conference registration, which
includes the world’s leading technical program on all facets of high
performance computing and networking.

WINS Selection Criteria

Candidates will be reviewed by a panel of experts from the research and
education community for current job relevance, stated support from the
applicant’s employer, ability to attend the conference (WINS will provide
the travel funding but the participant must be able to set aside time to
travel and participate), areas of interest (see application form), and
desire to participate in SCinet.

Project Measurement

After completion of the conference, participants are asked to report on
their experiences, including: which parts of the training were new or
useful, which learning experiences were effective or valuable, and other
targeted questions that will help drive the future of gender diversity
outreach efforts. This reflection will be shared with their home
institution, the SC conference leadership, project PIs, the Department of
Energy, and the National Science Foundation.

About WINS

The Women in IT Networking at SC (WINS) program
<http://women-in-networking.net/> was developed in 2015** as a means for
addressing the prevalent gender gap that exists in Information Technology
particularly in the fields of network engineering and high performance
computing.

WINS is a joint effort between the Department of Energy
<https://www.energy.gov/>’s Energy Sciences Network <http://www.es.net/>
(ESnet), the Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research
(KINBER) <https://kinber.org/>, and University Corporation for Atmospheric
Research (UCAR) <https://www.ucar.edu/>. WINS provides travel funding for
those selected, collaborates with SCinet leadership to match each awardee
with a SCinet team and a mentor, and provides ongoing support and career
development opportunities for the awardees before, during, and after the
conference. Funding is provided through

a National Science Foundation <https://www.nsf.gov/> grant* and through
direct funding from ESnet.

* NSF 2016 grant #ACI-1640987

** NSF 2015 grant #ACI-144064

Access the 2019 WINS Application from the WINS website:

http://www.women-in-networking.net/apply-to-wins/

Submission deadline: April 1, 2019 at 11:59 PM AoE

Award notifications will be sent by mid to late May 2019
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