HAS Meeting Main Speaker Presentation

July 10, 2020, 7:00PM: HAS Meeting Main Speaker Presentation

Dr. Martin Huarte

Studying shining nebulae with telescopes, supercomputers and laboratory experiments

Dr Huarte is Associate Director, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute, University of Houston

Executive Director, Society of High Performance Computing Professionals

Fellow, Royal Astronomical Society

Alumni, University of Cambridge

Abstract – In this presentation, Dr. Huarte will give us an overview about very interesting collaborations between astronomers, computational scientists, and experimental physicists. These are three very different fields and being able to talk to each other has proved to be a great and fun challenge. You will learn about some very beautiful nebula in our Galaxy. How they are observed, where they are located, and the big question -at least for our group- is how they formed. To get into the details of the latter, Dr. Huarte will demonstrate some very cool super computing simulations and their data visualizations. He will also tell us how these simulations are all backed by telescope observations and Physics, but more recently also by plasma physics experiments. This is a very exciting and relatively new field. 

Dr. Huarte will end the talk by showing new observations from the ALMA observatory, and how our computer models do a good job in understanding the strange shape of the OH 231.8+4.2 nebula.


Bio –  Martin won a competitive scholarship to pursue a Doctorate degree at the University of Cambridge, UK, where he had the opportunity of taking some lectures from Prof. Stephen Hawking and other great scientists.

Martin’s Ph.D. dissertation used high performance computing (HPC) systems to model magnetized outflows like some observed to be ejected by very powerful, distant galaxies. In 2009 he was hired by the University of Rochester, Rochester NY, to co-develop the multi-physics, parallel, scalable, adaptive-mesh-refinement, HPC code called AstroBear. He also had a joint appointment as Senior Scientist/Application Developer at the Institute of Optics.


Martin’s Physics/HPC models and algorithms have produced several well cited publication in peer reviewed journals, including Science Magazine. He was elected a member of The Royal Astronomical Society of the UK in 2016, and has also being a member of The American Astronomical Society, The Association of Computer Machinery (ACM) SIGHPC Group, and The Society of HPC Professionals.


Huarte-Espinosa joined the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute as a High-Performance Computing (HPC) Specialist in 2014, where he provided consulting and training services to the community on technical and systematic computing and HPC methods for STEM research. As Associate Director, Huarte-Espinosa is responsible for the day-to-day activities of the HPE DSI and implements new campaigns and activities to realize the vision of the institute.



Since we're all practicing safe social distancing, we have decided to bring our June speaker to you virtually through the Zoom online meeting platform! You must register for this presentation in order to attend. You may do so by using the link below:


Please watch your email, as you should also receive an email inviting you attend. The email will include any up to date changes (if any) on meeting times etc. You may also register using the link in the email, however it is only necessary to register once.  

We'll have the online chat feature available to us during the talk, and once the presentation is over, we can open up the audio lines for more questions.  I'm excited that this we're able to get together in this fashion, and I hope you can join us then.  We hope to see you online with us on Thursday evening July 10th!

Joe Khalaf


Houston Astronomical Society

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