Join Cyber Infrastructure Leaders in Atlanta, Georgia, USA dedicated to forming Strategic Partnerships for Advanced Cyber Infrastructure @ Minority Serving Institutions (SPACI @ MSIs).

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 (top500.org) 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

Dr. Deborah F. Dent

CIO, Jackson State University

Dr. Deborah F. Dent is the Chief Information Officer at Jackson State University. In this position, she oversees the management of the university’s network and communications infrastructure, enterprise resource planning system and other information technology (IT) services that support all levels of research, learning, and teaching.

Information Technology consists of three units: Academic IT, Computing and Communications, and IT Managed Services, all staffed to deliver customer-friendly support to all JSU campuses.

Dr. Dent joined Jackson State in August 2012 after a 37-year career with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. Prior to joining Jackson State, Dr. Dent served as the Deputy Director of the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) at the U. S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, MS. She holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Southern Mississippi, MS in Computer Science from Jackson State University and Ph.D. in Scientific Computing from the University of Southern Mississippi.

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

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

Dana Brunson

Assistant Vice President for Research Cyberinfrastructure,
Director, OSU High Performance Computing Center,
Adjunct Associate Professor, Mathematics Department,
Adjunct Associate Professor, Computer Science Department,

Oklahoma State University

Dana Brunson is Assistant Vice President for Research Cyberinfrastructure, Director of the Oklahoma State University High-Performance Computing Center (OSUHPCC), Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and in the Department of Computer Science. She also co-leads OneOklahoma Cyberinfrastructure Initiative (OneOCII) and the XSEDE Campus Engagement program, which includes the Campus Champions.

 She earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin in 2005 and her M.S. and B.S. in Mathematics from OSU. She is PI on OSU’s 2011 and 2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grants for High Performance Compute clusters for multidisciplinary computational and data-intensive research. She is also co-PI on Oklahoma’s NSF Campus Cyberinfrastructure-Network Infrastructure and Engineering CC-NIE grant, “OneOklahoma Friction Free Network” (OFFN), a collaboration among OSU, OU, Langston University and the Tandy Supercomputing Center of the Oklahoma Innovation Institute.

 Dr. Brunson is also a member of the Campus Research Computing Consortium (CaRC) Council, is an at-large board member for the ACM SIGHPC Education chapter, serves on Internet2’s External Advisory Group on Researcher Engagement, the Cyberinfrastructure program committee for the Great Plains Network, and Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center’s Bridges external advisory board.


New Frontiers in Research Computing and Data Technology: Thursday @ 10:30am

Tor A. Kwembe

Professor and Chair, Mathematics & Statistical Sciences , Jackson State University

Tor is an Applied Mathematician and a Tenured Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistical Sciences and the Director of the Ph.D. program in Computational Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E) at Jackson State University (JSU). He has over 28 years of experience in higher education. He is the PI of the EXTREEMS-QED –Expeditions in Training, Research, and Education for Mathematics and Statistics through Quantitative Exploration of Data, an NSF supported project at JSU.

He is currently working with the JSU IT team on a campus cyberinfrastructure to re-architect the campus network to one that integrates existing and new technologies to enhance applied innovation in education, research, faculty development and support Data Science research across the university’s more traditional fields of study. His scholarship is originated in mathematics, modeling, and simulation of complex systems and the computational and visual analytics of data.


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

John Moore

Associate Vice President of Research and Infrastructure Strategy, Internet2

John is currently the Associate Vice President of Research and Infrastructure Strategy for Internet2, where he leads a talented group responsible for developing the next generation infrastructure that supports the Internet2 community’s quest for discovery and innovation.

Prior to joining Internet2, he spent nine years with MCNC, the operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), where he held several technical and senior executive positions in the areas of service development, strategy, innovation and cybersecurity.

John has been involved with the Research and Education networking community since 2000, starting with his position at North Carolina State University, where he focused on network technology testing as Director of the Centaur Lab and the NC Internet2 Technology Evaluation Center (NC-ITEC).

Prior to his work at with the R&E community, John spent six years as an engineering
consultant and project manager on large networking and enterprise security projects for RPM Consulting (Columbia, Maryland) as well as with his own one-man company. His clients included firms in the healthcare, finance, semiconductor, and Internet service provider markets.

He started his career in 1985 with IBM. In his nine years there, he worked on
developing international standards for protocol testing as part of the Network Systems Architecture group, served as a network-engineering consultant for Fortune 500 clients in the automotive and manufacturing sectors, and held several technical and planning positions in network product development groups.
John received a BS in Electrical Engineering degree from Case Western Reserve
University in 1985.

New Frontiers in Research Computing and Data Technology: Thursdayday @ 10:30am

Wallace Chase

Executive Director of Networking at Clemson University/CEO, Carolina Light Rail Network

As Executive Director of Network Services and Telecommunications Department at Clemson University his mission is to provide support for all voice, data, and networking needs for the Clemson University community. The unit as a whole works together to ensure the stability of campus communications.

Wallace Chase has been the Network Engineering and Architecture director at Washington State University for 4 years. Prior to that, he worked at The George Washington University and at Lake Superior State University in network engineering. Wallace’s team at WSU has been the recipient of several NSF grants and is heavily involved in research networking for genomics data transfers. In his free time, Wallace works as a firefighter and EMT for the local fire department.


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

Dinadayalane Tandabany

Clark Atlanta University, Professor (XSEDE Campus Champion), Atlanta, GA

Dr. Dinadayalane Tandabany is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Clark Atlanta University. Currently, he is the Principal Investigator (PI) of two grants funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). He leads the research group of “Computational Chemistry and Nanoscience”. His research areas are computational chemistry and computational materials science.

Dr. Tandabany has co-authored more than fifty (50) publications in peer-reviewed international journals in the areas of nanomaterials, computational chemistry, physical chemistry, organic chemistry, etc. In addition, he has written several book chapters that were published by Royal Society of Chemistry, Elsevier, and Springer. He serves as an Associate Editor of Journal of Nanotoxicology and Nanomedicine (JNN), and Section Editor for the journal Crystals. He was invited to review manuscripts for more than 35 internationally well-recognized journals and proposals for NSF and Czech Science Foundation. Dr. Tandabany’s publications received over 1600 citations with an h-index of 23


Breakout Group Dialogue Session: Thursdayday @ 1:00pm

Scott Friedrich

Associate Director of Network Engineering at Georgia Tech / Lead Engineer at Southern Crossroads (SoX) Gigapop

As Associate Director at Georgia Tech Scott is tasked with operation of the campus network to include data, wireless, security, DNS, CATV, infrastructure, and voice. His goal is to provide the faculty, staff, students, and researchers with a highly robust, redundant, and secure networking platform. Scott has been with Georgia Tech since 1994. Georgia Tech also operates the Southern Crossroads (SoX) Gigapop where he serves as the lead engineer operating the R&E network across states in the Southeast US. The SoX Gigapop provices high-speed connectivity to universities, research labs, and organizations in Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama.


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

Adrian Green

Director of Information Technology at Atlanta Technical College

Adrian Green is the Director of Information Technology for Atlanta Technical
College. While serving at Atlanta Technical College, Adrian is focused on
providing an environment that is end-user driven, providing training and
employee development, while directing the provision of Cyber Infrastructure
and classroom technology throughout the College. Adrian is a graduate of
Georgia State University, holds various Information Technology industry
certifications and currently serves on the Strategic Impact Committee for
Operations and Technology for Atlanta Technical College. Prior to joining
Atlanta Technical College, Adrian served as a Network Administrator and IT
Supervisor for the Technical College System for Georgia.


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

Von Welcch

Director, Indiana University’s Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research (CACR)

Von Welch is the director of Indiana University’s Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research (CACR). He specializes in cybersecurity for distributed systems, particularly scientific collaborations and federated identity. Current roles include PI and director for the Center for Trustworthy Scientific Cyberinfrastructure, a project dedicated to helping NSF science projects with their cybersecurity needs, and CSO of the Software Assurance Market Place, a DHS-funded facility to foster software assurance and software assurance research. Previously he has worked with a range of high-visibility projects to provide cybersecurity to the broader scientific and engineering community, including TeraGrid, Open Science Grid, Ocean Observatory Infrastructure, and GENI. His work in software and standards includes authoring two IETF RFCs and the development of several security systems for distributed computing including CILogon and MyProxy.


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

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

John Hicks

Network Research Engineer, Internet2

John Hicks has worked for Internet2 since 2014 as a network research engineer. Prior to that, he spent 20 years as a programmer and network engineer at Indiana University. His last position there was with the international networking group. John has spent most of his career supporting scientists and researchers using the high-performance Research and Education Networks (REN).

John has presented and taught workshops both nationally and internationally on cyberinfrastructure(CI)-related topics including L2/L3 campus design, high-performance WAN connectivity, high-performance data movement (Science DMZ), performance monitoring and troubleshooting, perfSONAR, SDN, and Information-Centric Networking (ICN) technologies. He has also worked extensively with smaller Colleges and Universities on topics including CI and data management plan development, researcher engagement, and other related CI topics. John is currently focused on developing researcher engagement strategies and information sharing to help bridge that gap between researchers IT needs and related technologies.


New Frontiers in Research Computing and Data Technology: Thursday @ 11:30am

David Swanson

Director, Holland Computing Center (HCC), University of Nebraska (NU)

David R. Swanson, Ph.D., is Director of the Holland Computing Center (HCC) at the University of Nebraska (NU), where he is a Research Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at the Lincoln campus. As HCC Director he oversees staff and resources that currently serve over 1500 active researchers from across the NU system and other campuses across the state of Nebraska. 

A close collaboration between HCC and the Open Science Grid (OSG) has been ongoing for 15 years; Swanson is currently in his second term as chair of the OSG Council.  OSG is a consortium that provides a mechanism for computing centers to access and/or share resources while they maintain local ownership and control. HCC resources are opportunistically shared via the OSG when temporarily idle. HCC researchers, in turn, utilize the larger scale distributed resources of the OSG to complement the regularly oversubscribed capacity of HCC.


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

Aysam Guerler

Software Engineer, Galaxy Team, John Hopkins University

Software Engineer with the Galaxy Team at Johns Hopkins University. Developing Galaxy (https://galaxyproject.org), a web-based, open-source scientific workflow system used by thousands of scientists across the world to analyze large biomedical datasets. Galaxy provides free public access to compute environments and a large number of computational analysis tools, making it simple to reproduce and communicate research results.

Prior to joining Galaxy, spent 3 years as Research Scientist at Georgia Tech and the University of Michigan designing biophysical algorithms to predict interactions between protein molecules. Although proteins perform a vast variety of functions within the organism, they rarely act alone. Understanding how they work together is crucial for our understanding of life. Received a PhD and  M.Sc. in Bioinformatics from the Free University of Berlin.

New Frontiers in Research Computing and Data Technology: Thursday @ 10:30pm

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: 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