Fernanda Foertter is a member of the Advanced Data Workflow Group assigned to the Biomedical Science and Engineering Center at the National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS) located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Fernanda is working on scalable deep learning algorithms on next generation high performance computing systems with application to cancer research.

Foertter was previously a member of the User Assistance and Outreach group and was in charge of HPC training. She is the original creator of the OLCF GPU Hackathons. Her interests include programming paradigms, user experience and productivity in HPC.

Foertter is a member of IEEE and ACM currently serves as Vice Chair for SIGHPC Education chapter, and as Release Manager for OpenACC organization.


University of Florida
Materials Science and Engineering
Master of Science (M.S.)
Florida International University
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
University of Tennessee
Data Science and Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

R&D Activities Contributions

OpenACC Application Programming Interface - OpenACC is a user-driven directive-based performance-portable parallel programming model. It is designed for scientists and engineers interested in porting their codes to a wide-variety of…