Karen Tomko

Director of Research Software Applications

Karen Tomko, Ph.D., serves as Director of Research Software Applications and Manager of the Scientific Applications group at the Ohio Supercomputer Center. Tomko also serves on the steering committee for the Midwest Research Computing and Data Consortium and is a member of the leadership team for the ICICLE AI institute. Her research interests include communication runtimes, application parallelization and tuning, and cyberinfrastructure for AI.

She has been working in collaboration with computational scientists for more than 25 years and has research software engineering experience with a wide range of applications in engineering, physics and earth sciences. Tomko is also interested in workforce development of research cyberinfrastructure professionals and has recently focused on expanding AI expertise within the community.

Prior to joining OSC, Tomko spent 11 years as a faculty member in computer science and engineering at University of Cincinnati and Wright State University. As faculty, she taught computer science and engineering courses in digital design, concurrent programming, compiler design, optimizing compilers, operating systems and HPC.

Tomko earned a doctorate and a master’s degree in computer science and engineering, as well as a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, all from the University of Michigan.

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