Kothe named associate laboratory director for Computing and Computational Sciences

Doug Kothe has been named associate laboratory director for the Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, effective June 6.

Jeff Nichols, the current associate laboratory director for computing and computational sciences, is set to retire on July 1 after 13 years in the position.

“It’s truly an honor and a privilege. I can’t think of a better job to have and a better place to have it,” Kothe said. “I’m really excited to join the best computing organization in the world, and CCSD is the best thanks to Jeff Nichols who has had an incredible run in leading the directorate with vision, passion and commitment to be the best. And he has certainly delivered. Jeff is a friend, mentor and a role model for effective leadership with a can-do attitude.”

Kothe has served in his current role as director of the Exascale Computing Project since 2017 and has more than 37 years of experience working in DOE national laboratories. He joined ORNL in 2006 as director of science for CCSD’s National Center for Computational Sciences. From 2010 to 2015, Kothe directed the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors, DOE’s first Energy Innovation Hub.