laurent white portraitLaurent White grew up in Belgium and obtained a diploma in engineering mathematics from University of Louvain (Belgium) in 2002. After completing a master of science at UT Austin in environmental engineering in 2003, he returned to Belgium to pursue a Ph.D. in numerical ocean modeling. In 2007, he took a postdoctoral assignment at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab (GFDL) in Princeton, NJ, where he continued working on numerical ocean modeling, and helped develop algorithms for generalized vertical coordinate systems.

In 2009, White joined ExxonMobil Research and Engineering’s Corporate Strategic Research Lab (New Jersey), where he worked on various large-scale computational problems, including full-wavefield inversion and reservoir simulation. In 2019-2020, he led the Computational Physics Section at Corporate Strategic Research, with the mission to develop and implement advanced simulation and optimization algorithms for state-of-the-art computer architectures. In 2021, he took a position with Advanced Micro devices (AMD), in Austin, as a Principal Software Development Engineer in the AI Research Team. New computational challenges arose when he decided to join Northrop Grumman’s Mission Systems in July 2023 as a Senior Staff Computational Physicist.