Organising Committee

Jim Bottum

Former CIO and current research Professor, Clemson
Presidential Fellow, Internet2

Jim Bottum was the Chief Information Officer and Vice Provost for Computing & Information Technology at Clemson University. Clemson University sees information technology as critically important to all facets of a top university, including education, research, and service. At Clemson University, Jim lead efforts focusing on high-performance computing and communication as well as collaborating with State and National governmental entities. During his tenure, ComputerWorld named him one of the Premiere 100 IT Leaders (2007) and Storage Magazine featured him on the cover in the Jan 2008 edition. Under his leadership, Clemson University’s Palmetto Cluster (HPC) has appeared at #60 in the world’s Top 500 Computing Sites ( alongside Clemson’s Computational Center for Mobility Systems (CU-CCMS), ranked at #100 (Nov 2008).

Prior to coming to Clemson, Mr. Bottum was the first CIO and VP for Computing at Purdue, where he was responsible for planning and coordinating all computing and information systems across the university. He had direct oversight of the university’s central IT organization, Information Technology at Purdue, known as ITaP (pronounced eye-TAP). Under Mr. Bottum’s leadership, ITaP was recognized nationally for innovative uses of information technology to improve teaching and learning, including classroom response systems, technology classroom sites, and podcasting as a centralized service. In the fall of 2005, these innovative approaches were recognized by “Newsweek” and with a cover story in the “Chronicle of Higher Education.” Mr. Bottum has also had experience as executive director for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Mr. Bottum currently serves on the NSF Advisory Committees and the Internet 2 (I2) Board of Trustees. In the past, he has served on other NSF Committees as well as national laboratory boards, Educause working groups and other higher education committees and consortiums. He has provided consulting services for major universities across the US and is frequently an invited keynote presenter at state, regional and national conferences regarding cyberinfrastructure and high-performance computing.

Research Computing and Data Partnerships: Thursday @ 2:30pm

James (Joey) E. Brenn

CIO, Claflin

Mr. James (Joey) E. Brenn has 27 years of experience working in various areas of Information Technology but for the last 12 years, he is the Associate Vice President for Information Technology at Claflin University located in Orangeburg, South Carolina for the past 12 years. In this position, he holds responsibility for all technology on the campus. During his tenure at Claflin University, it has undergone a technology transformation, which includes installing Classroom Technology, Data Center Transformations, adoption of Nutanix Hyper convergence, connectivity to Internet2 through Clemson University and a high capacity wireless infrastructure. He is currently working on the development of the Claflin Research Network. Before coming to Claflin University, he worked as Director of IT at Friends University for 6 years and before that he was self-employed consultant supporting both Microsoft Windows networks and primarily the IBM RISC System 6000.

Advancing Research Computing and Data in MSIs: Thursday @ 9:00am

Bobby Clark

Director of CCIT Procurement, Clemson University

More than 25 years of experience in Information Technology, Customer Service. IT procurement and licensing roles. Managed an Enterprise level IT Support Department. Posses an intensive knowledge of IT systems, support models, and techniques. Training and certification in SC IT Procurement & Procedures, Leadership Development, and ITIL V3 Service Management Framework.

Welcome, Introductions and Overview: Thursday @ 8:30am

Jill Gemmill

Chief Technology Officer, Middleware, Clemson University

Prior to coming to Clemson in 2007, Dr. Jill Gemmill spent over 25 years in scientific computation and visualization, real-time programming, internet network technology, middleware, and e-security. As Executive Director reporting to Clemson University’s CIO and Vice Provost for Information Technology, Dr. Gemmill leads initiatives that enable new discoveries in research, teaching, and service through integration of domain expertise with cyberinfrastructure.

Dr. Gemmill led a National Science Foundation funded project establishing the industry standard (ITU H.350/IETF RFC 3944) specifying integration of directory services with multiple video conferencing protocols. Subsequently, Dr. Gemmill led pioneer work demonstrating how managed university IT services, such as authentication and access control, could be leveraged for use in grids, partnering with the National Center for Supercomputer Applications to demonstrate the first use of Shibboleth for grid authentication. She is co-developer of the myVocs collaboration environment for Virtual Organizations.

Dr. Gemmill is a successful research scientist who has been PI or co-PI on 9 federally funded grants totaling over $5 million. Her research was funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, Southeastern Universities’ Research Association, South Carolina Research Authority, and the UAB Health Services Foundation.

Research Computing and Data Partnerships (Facillitator): Thursday @ 2:30pm

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld

Founder, WayMark Systems

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld is one of the founders of WayMark Systems, enabling NSF-funded innovation to enter broad use. He has deep experience leading large-scale systems change, including serving as a lead consultant to the UAW and Ford in the development and implementation of the front-line, knowledge-driven Quality Operating System that enabled Ford to go from near last to first in best-in-class quality. Joel has worked with government agencies on transformational initiatives in Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Panama, Poland, South Africa, the United States, and other nations. He is a co-author of leading books on Strategic Negotiations (Harvard Business School Press, 1994), Knowledge-Driven Work (Oxford University Press, 1998), Lean Enterprise Value (Palgrave, 2002), Organizational Learning Systems (Oxford University Press, 2005), and related topics. Joel is a professor in the School of Labor and Employment Relations in the University of Illinois, a senior research scientists in the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and a visiting professor in the Work and Organizations Faculty at the University of Sydney.

Facilitator: Thursday and Friday

Barbara Mittleman

Leadership Team, WayMark Systems

Barbara B. Mittleman, M.D. is the Chief Strategy Officer at WayMark Systems. She is also a rheumatologist/immunologist with experience in basic and clinical research in autoimmunity. She spent 22 years at the NIH, finishing her career there as Director of the Public-Private Partnership Program with the NIH’s Office of the Director/Office of Science Policy. In that position, she developed policy and practice to enable NIH to meet its mission more effectively by partnering with public and private sector entities to further biomedical research and improvements in public health. In that position, she engaged in collaborative scholarship around mechanisms and principles of effective multi-sector engagements. She left NIH in 2013 to become the Clinical VP at Nodality, Inc, a platform biotechnology company.

Facilitator: Thursday

Damian Clarke

CIO, South Carolina State University

Damian Clarke is the Chief Information Officer at South Carolina State University (SCSU). Besides the management of SCSU IT assets, he oversees SCSU’s Next-Generation Connectivity and Learning Ecosystem (NGC-LE) an ultrafast, future-proof platform for student learning and engagement with a significant reduction in cost expense, power consumption, and environmental impact.  NGC-LE  will provide students, faculty, and staff with a technological environment for personalized learning, research opportunities, and operational efficiency.

Core features include a high and configurable network bandwidth, low downtime risk, reliable, secure connections, and structured to deploy advanced services and resources as needed. Also, it will have the ability to integrate data from different operational data feeds to enable administrators to take advantage of real-time analytics to make more informed decisions and mitigate student risk.

Advancing Research Computing and Data in MSIs: Thursday @ 9:00am