Peter Lalor

Peter Lalor

A former Livermore High School student is attending graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) this fall on a U.S. Department of Energy fellowship.

Peter Lalor, a 2015 Livermore High graduate, is one of around six percent of applicants to receive the DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF). Lalor is studying toward a doctoral degree in nuclear engineering.

The fellowship, administered by the Krell Institute of Ames, Iowa, is funded by the DOE’s Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration. Each year, the program grants fellowships to support doctoral students whose education and research focus on using high-performance computers to solve complex science and engineering problems of national importance. Since it was launched in 1991, the DOE CSGF has supported 481 students at more than 65 universities.

DOE CSGF students receive full tuition and fees plus an annual stipend and academic allowance, renewable for up to four years. In return, recipients must complete courses in a scientific or engineering discipline plus computer science and applied mathematics. They also must perform a three-month research practicum at one of 21 DOE laboratories or sites across the country.

The fellowship and related practicum experiences are effective workforce recruitment tools for the national laboratories. Nearly a quarter of all DOE CSGF alumni work or have worked in a DOE lab setting. Others pursue careers in academia, industry or government, where they introduce and advocate for computational science as a tool for discovery.