Masako Yamada

Advanced Computing

“I believe individuals should be given the chance to reinvent themselves. Recently, I’ve reinvented myself as a supercomputing person—again.”

–Masako Yamada

Masako began her career at GE in applied optics, after just one undergraduate course in the subject and no graduate schooling related to the field. But a dedication to excellence drove her to make significant contributions within a year.

From that point to the present, she's worked on diverse projects in plastics, silicones, healthcare and lighting, before returning to supercomputing, which was her graduate field of study.

Commitment on Display

“Once I’m on board, I’m on board,” Masako says about her approach to life. “Most of the stuff I do, I’ve been doing for 10, 20 or 30 years.” That includes spending time with her family and mentoring children in the community in reading, science and Japanese.

Energy for the Future

Masako describes her accomplishments in concise terms. Developing new ways to quantify defects in plastic films and improve product quality. Leading a multiyear, multisite research team for the world-class Biacore sensor. Winning grants of almost $5 million to run simulations on the top-rated supercomputer in the U.S.

Ask her about the potential for her field in the coming decades, though, and Masako describes a much broader vision: “Supercomputers could potentially approach the human brain in terms of raw processing power.”