She has more than 30 years of experience in theoretical and computational chemistry. She develops new methods and algorithms for high performance computational chemistry as well as applying those techniques to both basic and applied research. Her current application interests are rare earth and heavy element chemistry, separations, catalysis, aerosol formation, cellulose degradation, and photochemistry. Much of her research interests involve large, collaborative efforts between scientists in multiple fields working together to solve difficult scientific challenges. She is a distinguished professor in the Chemistry Department of Iowa State University. Prior to joining Ames Laboratory, she worked at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as the lead for the NWChem development group and the Visualization and User Services Group. She also worked at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base in technology transfer and training. She received her bachelor’s in chemistry, mathematics, and computer science from Minot State University and her doctorate in physical chemistry from Iowa State University.
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