Four Los Alamos High School Students Named Finalists In 2022 Supercomputing Challenge

Robert Strauss/Courtesy photo

Daniel Kim/Courtesy photo

Andrew Morgan/Courtesy photo

Andres Iturregui/Courtesy photo


Four students from Los Alamos High School have been named finalists in the 2022 Supercomputing Challenge. They are Robert Strauss, Daniel Kim, Andres Iturregui and Andrew Morgan. 

The Supercomputing Challenge is a program for middle and high school students across New Mexico to come up with a computational science project and work on it all year long. This is the 32nd year for the challenge.

LAHS senior Robert Strauss received the High Performance Computing Award for his project, Designing Proteins with Quantum and Neuromorphic Computing (

Tenth graders Daniel Kim and Andres Iturregui were named Overall First Place Winners for their project, Developing a Control Algorithm and Simulation for Thrust Vector Controlled Rockets (Supercomputing Final Report.pdf TwoDSimSimpleAero1stGen.slx). 

Freshman Andrew Morgan’s entry was entitled A Ray of Hope (team21-final-report.pdf).

According to the website (, the New Mexico High School Supercomputing Challenge was conceived in 1990 by former Los Alamos Laboratory Director Sig Hecker and Tom Thornhill, president of New Mexico Technet Inc., a nonprofit company that in 1985 set up a computer network to link the state’s national laboratories, universities, state government and some private companies. Senator Pete Domenici and John Rollwagen, then chairman and chief executive officer of Cray Research Inc., added their support. In 2001, the Adventures in Supercomputing program formerly housed at Sandia National Laboratories and then at the Albuquerque High Performance Computing Center at the University of New Mexico merged with the former New Mexico High School Supercomputing Challenge to become the New Mexico High School Adventures in Supercomputing Challenge.

Primary partners for the Supercomputing Challenge include Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico Consortium and Triad National Security, LLC.