Hartwig Anzt: A Scientific Career Is Not a Marathon, Not a Sprint.
Date: 2021-10-13
Source: WLA
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Q & A with WLA

Q: What is your early inspiration of doing science?
A: We need change. Otherwise, the next generation will not be able to live on this earth. The change has to come from both political decision makers and scientists. I want to contribute as a scientist and do my portion to make the world a better place.  

Q: Do you have any scientific hero(es)? If so, how did he/she inspire you? 
A: Not necessarily a scientific hero: When Volvo invented the seatbelt, they realized that the benefit for the human society is much larger than what can be justified by patenting it. So they decided to lift the patent and allow all automotive companies to use the technology to improve the safety of the passengers.

Q: What is the best advice that you have received?
A: A scientific career is a marathon, not a sprint.

Q: What is your greatest achievement so far?
A: From scratch, develop a software that is installed on all major US computing facilities to help application scientists to realize their simulations.

Q: What is your research goal?
A: Create an open source software ecosystem where everyone - including citizen scientists - can run scientific simulations like weather models, climate predictions, biomedical research, or product development.

Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: Working with a group of young, talented, and motivated scientists.

Q: Would you like to share with us some of your unforgettable experience?
A: I know it is not part of my PhD supervision curriculum, but I decided to teach my first PhD student swimming. His eyes when he crossed the pond for the first time - unforgettable.