Featured Research Assistant for March 2017: Calogero-Benedetto Rizzo

Calogero B. Rizzo (also known as Gerry) is a second year PhD student advised by Dr. Felipe de Barros. His research focuses on stochastic modeling of flow and transport through heterogeneous porous media. He is trying to find new ways to integrate the newest and most advanced computing technologies in the stochastic analysis workflow. He developed an efficient algorithm to compute a connectivity measure of heterogeneous fields. Lately, he is focusing on hybrid parallel computing to speed up transport simulations. He is also collaborating with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, studying groundwater/river interaction of the Hanford site using large HPC simulations.

Calogero joined USC in 2015 and is expected to graduate in 2020. He has been awarded with the Provost’s PhD Fellowship. He previously studied at Polytechnic of Milan, Italy, where he earned his Bachelor’s and Masters’s degrees in Mathematical Engineering. During his time at Polytechnic of Milan, he also developed extensive programming skills through advanced applications of numerical methods towards different engineering projects.

Calogero likes to travel, explore different cultures and try different food. He also likes playing musical instruments, particularly guitar and ukulele, but he is planning to add others to the list.

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