Our RISE consultants have extensive supercomputing experience and a deep understanding of academic research, so whether you’re just getting started or you need project-specific consulting, we can help.
RISE Team Members
Specialty: Computational Materials Science
Biography: Weinan holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the Pennsylvania State University. His area of expertise is in solid state physics and nanoscale heat transport. He utilizes tools such as Density Functional Theory, Molecular Dynamics simulations and finite-element simulations to probe materials chemistry and physics.
- Research Software Engineer
- RISE (Research Innovation with Scientists and Engineers)
Office: 222E Computer Building
Biography: Diego holds a master’s degree in Software Engineering and specializes in refactoring research codes using parallelism as the driver for performance. He has delivered maintainable software for projects in different disciplines including the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. In his role of Campus Champion for Penn State, he facilitates access to XSEDE resources across the nation.
Office: 214G Computer Building
Phone: (814) 865-9655
Biography: Jeff holds a master’s degree in Meteorology from Penn State University. He has extensive experience in high-performance computing and previously supported the business, chemistry, chemical engineering, geosciences, materials science, and meteorology communities. His experience covers the parallelization and optimization of codes. Along with Diego Menéndez in the role of Campus Champion for Penn State, he facilitates access to XSEDE resources across the nation.
- Interim Chief Architect
- RISE (Research Innovation with Scientists and Engineers) Team Lead
Office: 222C Computer Building
Specialty: Computational Earth Sciences
Biography: Chuck holds a Ph.D. in Meteorology from Penn State University. He has extensive operational scientific field experience and is the former computing director for Penn State meteorology where he architected seven HPC clusters spanning a variety of computationally intense scientific problems. His experience includes the optimization of earth system, meteorological, climate, geophysical modeling and the analysis of ground and satellite based remote sensing. He also has a wide variety of experience designing solutions for scientific workflows spanning a variety of other computationally intensive disciplines.
Office: 225A Computer Building
Specialty: Computational Physics
Biography: Justin holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Denver. His area of expertise is in computational solid state and surface physics where he utilizes atomistic simulation methods such as Molecular Dynamics (MD), Molecular Statics (MS), Equilibrium and Kinetic Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MC, MCMC, GCMC, KMC), and Density Functional Theory (DFT) to probe material properties and processes.
Department: Advanced Technical Services
Office: 214E Computer Building
Specialty: Computational Biology
Biography: Danying holds a Ph.D. in Biophysics from the University of California, San Diego, and a B.S. in Physics from Peking University. She specializes in computational biology, data science, and web applications. She has worked on a wide range of projects, including cell signaling, cell motility, next-generation sequencing pipelines, labor management, and institutional research.
Office: 214G Computer Building
Specialties: Containerization, Simulation, Cloud Computing
Biography: Ron holds a master’s degree in Mathematics and specializes in software development and programming in a Unix environment, containerization, and cloud computing. Ron has extensive experience in programming and debugging simulations with large numbers of concurrent threads and processes. He is proficient is several programming languages; Docker, Singularity, and Kubernetes; Terraform; and Kafka and influxdb.
Greg Von Kuster
Office: 222A Computer Building
Specialty: Science Gateways for Big Data Research
Biography: Greg has been working in computational research for 30 years. He is a founding developer of the Galaxy science gateway project and the Galaxy Tool Shed, the world’s first biomedical app store. An expert in building science gateway environments, Greg has worked on projects in a range of fields, including entomology, plant genomics, epigenetics, ChIP-exo analysis, and coral research.