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Women @ Energy: Wenxiao Pan

July 22, 2014 - 10:25am

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Dr. Pan is a staff scientist in the Computational & Mathematical Sciences Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Dr. Pan is a staff scientist in the Computational & Mathematical Sciences Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

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Dr. Pan is a staff scientist in the Computational & Mathematical Sciences Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Her research interest covers diverse topics in computational mathematics both in algorithms and applications. Her major focus addresses fields in multiscale/multiphase/multiphysics modeling, the corresponding numerical methods, and parallel large-scale simulations of complex systems. She is leading a task in a five-year interdisciplinary project – the Collaboratory on Mathematics for Mesoscopic Modeling of Materials (CM4) funded by DOE’s Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanics and engineering from Peking University and a doctorate in applied mathematics from Brown University. She serves as an adjunct faculty member at Washington State University and has served as a reviewer for 13 journals.

1) What inspired you to work in STEM?

I was inspired by my mom who was a lecture of physics before retirement.

2) What excites you about your work at the Energy Department?

I am always motivated by the DOE mission applications that lead to practical use of the methods we developed to real-world problems.

3) How can our country engage more women, girls, and other underrepresented groups in STEM?

By providing more opportunities and awards to encourage female researchers.

4) Do you have tips you’d recommend for someone looking to enter your field of work?

To get involved early into scientific areas through summer internships, exchange student opportunities, or taking advantage of short-term visit programs.

5) When you have free time, what are your hobbies?

Playing with my son, like puzzles, toys, maga blocks, etc. It is rewarding for me to witness his progress on a daily base.

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