CS Press Release, 4 April 2014 | Share
North Carolina University
2013 Distinguished Contributions to Public
Service in a Pre-Collge Environment Award Recipient
"For outstanding teaching and mentoring of
pre-college students in research projects."
Dr. Nagiza F. Samatova is a Joint Faculty Professor in the Computer Science Department at North Carolina State University and a Senior Research Scientist in Computer Science and Mathematics Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where she been leading research programs in computational biology and high performance data mining and knowledge discovery from massive, distributed, and heterogeneous data sources.
She received the B.S. degree in applied mathematics from the Tashkent State University, Uzbekistan, in 1991 and her Ph.D. degree in mathematics from the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, in 1993, at the age of 23. She also obtained an M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1998. Scientific computing is the recognized area of her expertise with the primary contribution to linking foundation graph-theoretical modeling, statistical and high performance computing, and computational biology. She has been a co-Principal Investigator of several multi-institutional research center programs including the DOE's Genomes to Life (GTL) ORNL-Sandia Center, the Shewanella Federation, the Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing Scientific Data Management Center, the BioPilot Program on Data-Intensive Computing for Complex Biological Systems, as well as the DHS's Biodefense Knowledge Center.
She has been awarded numerous awards including the DOE's Early Career Award Nomination for Scientific Accomplishment, the UT-Battelle's Significant Event Award, Outstanding Mentor Award, Nomination for Awards Night, Incentivized Performance Award, YWCA Tribute To Women Finalist, and others. She has supervised dozens of young researchers including postdocs, PhD students, MS students and high school students. The three high school teams that she mentored have become national finalists in the premier Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology; these accomplishments read into the Congressional record. She co-authored more than hundred publications in peer review scientific journals and conferences, served on numerous national committees, has served as an organizing committee member for a number of strategic program committees for the DOE, DHS, and NSF.