Kendra Van Buren

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)

Kendra Van Buren has been a staff member in the Computational Physics Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) since 2015. She completed her Ph.D in Civil Engineering at Clemson University in 2012 before going to LANL as a post-doctoral research associate in the Engineering Institute. During her post-doc, she contributed to international collaborations by spending one month as a visiting researcher at the Engineering Institute-Korea in Chongbuk, South Korea and seven months at the Université de Franche-Comté in Besançon, France. Her research contributes to verification, validation and uncertainty quantification research efforts for the Advanced Simulation Computing program. Kendra has been active participant at IMAC, most recently serving as the historian for the Model Validation and Uncertainty Quantification (MVUQ) technical division. She received a FY14 U.S. Department of Energy Defense Programs Award of Excellence for her contributions to Physical Uncertainty Bounds (PUBs). In 2015, Kendra was one of two postdoctoral research associates at LANL (out of approximately 450) to receive a Postdoctoral Distinguished Performance Award. In FY18, Kendra was awarded an Early Career Research project from LANL’s competitive Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program. She currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Council for LANL’s Information Science and Technology Institute (ISTI) and she was the Assistant Chair for LANL’s 2019 LDRD Information Science and Technology Science Advisory Panel.


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Last Updated: 10/20/2020