Optimizing the Enterprise: My Career at a National Laboratory
Are you curious as to the kind of work that is done at a national laboratory? Have you heard of the field of operations research, or are you interested in learning about how it is applied to real problems? In this talk I will give a brief introduction to the field of operations research, as well as describing the kinds of math I have used in my 13 years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The talk will give a broad perspective across several application areas, including nuclear stockpile modeling, counterterrorism, energy grid modeling, and (most recently) improving the efficiency of operations at my own laboratory. These projects span a range of time frames, sponsors, and team sizes, and hopefully will give a flavor of the diverse work that is done at a national laboratory. This talk is intended for undergraduates or anyone interested in applications of math in the real world.
Carol Meyers is a mathematician and associate program leader for nuclear weapons enterprise evaluation and planning at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Her expertise is in the areas of integer and linear programming optimization, decision theory, cost analysis, schedule analysis, and risk analysis. She manages a suite of efforts modeling the enterprise at different scales, including stockpile, workforce, infrastructure, and cost models. She is the original architect of the Stockpile Transformation Optimization Requirements Model (STORM) code, which is currently used to evaluate potential courses of action for stockpile planning in the Department of Energy. Previously she led an effort to port the PLEXOS power market modeling software to run on high-performance computers, in conjunction with industrial partners. She also co-leads the New Moms’ Group at LLNL. She holds a BA in math from Pomona College and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.