Four Los Alamos high school students named 2022 Supercomputing Challenge finalists – Los Alamos Reporter

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Four students from Los Alamos High School have been named finalists for the 2022 Supercomputing Challenge. They are Robert Strauss, Daniel Kim, Andres Iturregui and Andrew Morgan.

The Supercomputing Challenge is a program for middle and high school students in New Mexico to come up with a computer science project and work on it year-round. This is the 32nd year of the challenge.

LAHS senior Robert Strauss received the High Performance Computing Award for his project, Designing Proteins with Quantum and Neuromorphic Computing (

Tenth grade students Daniel Kim and Andres Iturregui were named first place winners for their project, Development of a control algorithm and simulation for thrust vector rockets (Compute Intensive Final Report.pdf TwoDSimSimpleAero1stGen.slx).

Freshman Andrew Morgan’s entry was titled A glimmer of hope (team21-final-report.pdf).

According to the website (, the New Mexico High School Supercomputing Challenge was conceived in 1990 by former Los Alamos Laboratory Director Sig Hecker and Tom Thornhill, President of New Mexico Technet Inc., a nonprofit corporation that in 1985 set up a computer network to link national state laboratories, universities, state government, and some private companies. Sen. Pete Domenici and John Rollwagen, then president and CEO of Cray Research Inc., added their support. In 2001, the Adventures in Supercomputing program formerly housed at Sandia National Laboratories and then at the University of New Mexico’s Albuquerque High Performance Computing Center merged with the former New Mexico High School Supercomputing Challenge to become the New Mexico High School Adventures in Supercomputing Challenge. .

The main partners of the Supercomputing Challenge are the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the New Mexico Consortium and Triad National Security, LLC.

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