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Peter Z. Vaillancourt
Computational Scientist

Peter Vaillancourt

Peter joined the Cornell Center for Advanced Computing in 2018 as a Computational Scientist in the Consulting Group. His main interests are applied mathematics, scientific computing software solutions, and education. Prior to coming to Cornell, he worked as a Software Development Engineer at Kionix in Ithaca, NY. While there, he focused on the design and implementation of a new Production Software System that is used to develop and test numerical algorithms for the large-scale production of MEMS sensors.

Send email or phone 607.255.9482.

Areas of Research or Expertise

  • Scientific Computing software
  • Containerization of scientific applications
  • Scientific workflows on HPC and cloud computing resources
  • Reproducible scientific computing systems and pipelines
  • Mathematical and computational modeling
  • Software architecture design and development



Selected Publications and Presentations

P. Z. Vaillancourt, J. D. Thomas, "Modeling a Radial Velocity Distribution of a Galaxy Cluster," Joint Meeting of the New York State Section of the American Physical Society and the Astronomy Society of New York, SUNY Oswego, 2014.
P. Z. Vaillancourt, J. D. Skufca, "A Rigid Body Dynamics Model of a Pogo Stick," Mathematics Conference and Competition of Northern New York, Clarkson University, 2014.
P. Z. Vaillancourt, J. D. Skufca, "Walking With a Spring In Your Step," CSTEP Scholars Annual Statewide Student Conference, Lake George, NY, 2013.


B.S., Physics and Applied Mathematics & Statistics, Clarkson University

Memberships/Professional Affiliations

Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)

Personal Interests

Reading (especially math textbooks), rock climbing, percussion, sound engineering, and contributing to Stack Overflow.