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Diego Mendez


Diego Menéndez

Office: 222E Computer Building

Email: dmenendez@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-9447

Specialty: Parallelization

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.



Jeff Nucciarone

Office: 214G Computer Building

Email: nucci@psu.edu

Phone: (814) 865-9655

Specialty: Parallelization

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.


Chuck Pavloski


Chuck Pavloski

Office: 222C Computer Building

Email: cfp102@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-3094

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.



Justin Petucci

Office: 225A Computer Building

Email: jmp579@psu.edu

Phone: 814-867-6091

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.



Danying Shao

Department: Advanced Technical Services

Office: 214E Computer Building

Email: dus73@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-2309

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.



Ron Tapia

Office: 214G Computer Building

Email: rdt12@psu.edu

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

Von Kuster

Greg Von Kuster

Office: 222A Computer Building

Email: ghv2@psu.edu

Phone: 814-867-6076

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.