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SDSC Profiles (Archive)

SDSC Profiles feature Center staff members in short, question-and-answer vignettes that detail their jobs at SDSC as well as some personal notes.

Directing DataCentral: Q&A with Natasha BalacNatasha Balac is responsible for the leadership and management of the Data Applications and Services group at SDSC. This group supports DataCentral, the first national program of its kind to host and make available significant research and community data collections and databases.

Bringing Data Together: Q&A with Chaitan BaruChaitan Baru is the director of SDSC’s Science R&D Division and also directs the SDSC/Calit2 Synthesis Center.

Taking Education Hi-Tech: Q&A with Diane BaxterDiane Baxter is the Director of Education at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UCSD. Before joining SDSC in February of 2005, she developed environmental science education programs at the North Carolina Aquarium, Birch Aquarium at Scripps, the Pfleger Institute of Environmental Research, and Quail Botanical Gardens.

Q&A with Fran Berman, Director, San Diego Supercomputer CenterFran Berman is approaching her 5-year anniversary as Director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC). In this interview, Berman discusses SDSC’s forward momentum, the impact of computers and data on interdisciplinary research, the challenges of Center leadership, and an ongoing commitment to helping women in science and engineering.

Networks for Science and Society: Q&A with Hans Werner BraunHans-Werner Braun is the Principal Investigator of the NSF-supported High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network (HPWREN), which focuses on innovative uses of wireless networking in hard-to-reach areas.

The Future of the Internet: Q&A with kc claffykc claffy is the principal investigator for the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA) which is based at SDSC and provides tools and analyses to promote a robust, scalable global Internet infrastructure.

Top Computer Scientists, UCSD Leaders, Longtime Friends, Supportive Colleagues: Q&A with Jeanne Ferrante and Francine Berman Jeanne Ferrante and Francine Berman sat down together, at the start of the Fall 2006 quarter, to talk about pressing issues facing women in engineering.

Putting Knowledge to Work: Q&A with UCSD Chancellor Marye Anne FoxMarye Anne Fox, a world-renowned chemist, is the 7th Chancellor of the University of California, San Diego and Professor of Chemistry.

Shaping SDSC's Future : Q&A with Mary HartMary Hart, SDSC’s Division Director of Administration and Operations, leads and manages the center’s business office, human relations activities, desktop services group and physical facilities. In addition, she is currently leading the design and planning of a new SDSC building.

Crunching Iceberg Data : Q&A with John HellyJohn Helly is Laboratory Director for the Earth and Environmental Sciences at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. He and his team conduct research in the application of high-performance computing resources to environmental and earth science problems ranging from data acquisition to modeling and analysis – especially including quantitative visualization.

Shaking Up Science: Q&A with Anke KamrathAnke Kamrath is SDSC’s division director for user services and development as well as the director of the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation's Cyberinfrastructure Center. Otherwise known as NEESit, this group works to advance the state of earthquake engineering in research and in practice.

Toward Petascale Applications: Q&A with Amit Majumdar Amit Majumdar is the group leader of SDSC's Scientific Computing Applications group and directs the Strategic Applications Collaboration (SAC) program in the User Services division.

Digging Into Data: Q&A with Reagan MooreReagan Moore is Director of the Knowledge and SRB Lab at SDSC. He coordinates research efforts in the development of massive data analysis systems, scientific data publication systems, and persistent archives.

Committed to High-Performance Computing: Q&A with Richard MooreRichard Moore is SDSC’s Big Kahuna of Production Systems, leading the team that procures, operates, maintains and manages the center’s world-class storage, data, networking and high-performance computing systems.

Pushing the Envelope: Q&A with Wayne PfeifferWayne Pfeiffer is a Distinguished Scientist at SDSC where he does research in supercomputer performance analysis.

Balancing Service and Research: Q&A with Vijay SamalamVijay Samalam, SDSC's Executive Director, manages the center's day-to-day activities.

Reaching Out to Users: Q&A with Subhashini Sivagnanam Subhashini Sivagnanam is coordinating this year's SDSC Summer Institute. She also manages the Academic Associates Program and edits the SDSC Thread newsletter in the User Services group.

Inside HPC: Q&A with SDSC's Allan SnavelyAllan Snavely is the Director of the Performance Modeling and Characterization (PMaC) Laboratory at the San Diego Supercomputer Center and Assistant Adjunct Professor for the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, San Diego.

Plunging into Data: Q&A with Karen StocksKaren Stocks is a research scientist at SDSC pursuing interdisciplinary research at the interface of biological oceanography and information technology.

Focused on Sustainability: Q&A with Dallas ThorntonDallas Thornton is the Division Director, Cyberinfrastructure Services for the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego.

Getting Users Up To Speed : Q&A with Nancy Wilkins-DiehrNancy Wilkins-Diehr is Director of Consulting, Training & Documentation at SDSC. The Consulting and Training Group provides front-line support for SDSC's production computing resources.

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