Introducing the 2019 BSSw Fellows

We are pleased to announce the 2019 class of Better Scientific Software (BSSw) Fellows: four Fellows and four Honorable Mentions.

Published December 11, 2018

Author David Bernholdt, Mike Heroux, and Lois Curfman McInnes

The 2019 class of BSSw Fellows will be recognized during the 2019 Exascale Computing Project Annual Meeting, January 14-17, 2019, in Houston, TX.

We sincerelly thank all fellowship applicants. The broad range of creative and interesting proposals made the selection process difficult.

The BSSw Fellowship Program gives recognition and funding to leaders and advocates of high-quality scientific software. Each 2019 Fellow will receive up to $25,000 for an activity that promotes better scientific software, such as organizing a workshop, preparing a tutorial, or creating content to engage the scientific software community.

2019 BSSw Fellows


Rene Gassmoeller, University of California, Davis

Assistant Project Scientist, Earth and Planetary Sciences

BSSw Focus: Social challenges in the evolution of scientific software projects


Ignacio Laguna, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Computer Scientist, Center for Applied Scientific Computing

BSSw focus: Debugging and improving the reliability of scientific applications


Tanu Malik, DePaul University

Assistant Professor, School of Computing

BSSw focus: Reducing technical debt in scientific software


Kyle Niemeyer, Oregon State University

Assistant Professor, School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering

BSSw focus: Best practices for developing research software

2019 BSSw Honorable Mentions


Stephen Andrews, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Staff Scientist, XCP-8: Verification and Analysis


Nasir Eisty, University of Alabama

Ph.D. Student, Computer Science


Benjamin Pritchard, Virginia Tech

Software Scientist, Molecular Sciences Software Institute


Vanessa Sochat, Stanford University

Research Software Engineer, Stanford Research Computing Center


About the BSSw Fellowship

The main goal of the BSSw Fellowship Program is to foster and promote practices, processes, and tools to improve developer productivity and software sustainability of scientific codes. BSSw Fellows are selected annually based on an application process that includes the proposal of an activity that promotes better scientific software. Subscribe to the BSSw email digest for notification about next year’s call for applications, which will be announced in summer 2019. More information:

Stay tuned for more from the 2019 BSSw Fellows.

Contribute to the BSSw Site

Also, we want and need contributions from the international community for the BSSw site. If you have expertise that can help other scientific software teams, we encourage you to contribute an article or pointer to good work. See details on how to contribute to BSSw.