Portrait of Eric Stahlberg

Eric Stahlberg, Ph.D., director of high-performance computing at the Frederick National Lab, has been named one of FCW‘s Federal 100 for his work in predictive oncology and his role in the collaboration between the National Cancer Institute and the Department of Energy (DOE) to expand the use of high-performance computing in cancer research.

The list compiled by FCW, a federal technology publication, recognizes leadership in advancing government agency missions through information technology. Stahlberg was nominated for his “vision, insight, courage, leadership, hard work, patience, drive, and determination to navigate the complex organizational environments to achieve the goals” of using computational power to advance medical science and clinical practice.

“Doing something with the data is where the science and innovation begins,” Stahlberg said.

He was cited for his role in establishing three pilot projects of the Joint Design of Advanced Computing Systems for Cancer (JDACS4C) to advance predictive oncology, securing a signed memorandum of understanding from NCI and the DOE to work together, and engaging the extramural community in a national “Frontiers of Predictive Oncology” meeting. His nomination was supported by executive leadership and his peers throughout the Frederick National Lab, as well as by scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Lab and the DOE.

Stahlberg credited the relationships he established over the past 20 years for initiating the cross-agency collaboration.

“The contribution that I bring is a respect and appreciation for challenges faced by the NCI investigators combined with a perspective of what computation and IT [have] as potential to address their challenges, accelerate their efforts, and extend their impact,” Stahlberg said. “This is likely where the efforts I’m helping advance have the most impact with CBIIT staff—building the connection and mutual appreciation that the challenges before us will take shared efforts to overcome.”

The partnership supports the goals of the government's Cancer Moonshot and Precision Medicine initiatives. It is also a promising strategy for developing exascale computing capabilities hand-in-hand with urgent scientific applications, such as modeling problems in cancer on large-scale high-performance computing systems.

“The view that I maintain is one where we see the research and innovations in precision and predictive oncology ultimately impacting the patient rapidly and reliably, working backwards to identify the challenges that remain, and proactively addressing these challenges,” Stahlberg said.

Along with the other individuals on the Federal 100 list, Stahlberg will be featured in the March 30 issue of FCW magazine. The winners will also be honored at the gala March 30 in Washington, D.C.