Alexander Gaenko is a member of the Monte Carlo Group and a staff member of the Advanced Research Computing at University of Michigan, working with Emanuel Gull’s Computational Condensed Matter Physics Group. Gaenko received his Ph.D. in Physical and Organic Chemistry in 2008 from St. Petersburg State Institute of Technology, Russia. Before coming to the University of Michigan, he was an assistant scientist at the Ames Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, run by Iowa State University. Gaenko’s specialization is computational science, particularly electronic structure theory and computational chemistry areas. His research focus is on analyzing and improving the performance of scientific software, on taking advantage of current and emerging HPC systems (including accelerators) for scientific codes, and on scientific software interoperability across packages and languages.