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Carrie Brown

  • Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Research and Education Facilitator

Email: carrie.brown@psu.edu

Phone: 814-867-1467

Biography: Carrie holds a master's degree in Statistics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Building upon an educational and research background in bioinformatics, she has expertise in facilitating computational research. She has assisted researchers in identifying appropriate computational solutions and leveraging institutional, commercial, and national resources such as XSEDE and the Open Science Grid. She also has extensive experience in developing and delivering computational training and works closely with the Carpentries as a certified Instructor and Instructor Trainer.


Clayton Colson


Clayton Colson

Email: cec5550@psu.edu

Specialty: Immersive Experiences

Biography: Clayton holds a bachelor’s degree in Energy Engineering from Penn State University. He has a background developing automation software for the manufacturing industry, and also has experience performing 2D data visualizations using live production floor data. Clayton is passionate about designing and implementing sustainable robotic process automation systems.



Simon Delattre

Office: 220E Computer Building

Email: sld5866@psu.edu

Specialty: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Biography: Simon holds a Ph.D. from the University of Paris. Building on his background in materials simulation with DFT and in geosciences, he leverages deep neural network and gaussian processes to gain insights into datasets. He has actively engaged with researchers in mechanical engineering, materials science, chemistry, and Earth sciences.


Patrick Dudas


Patrick Dudas

Office: 222A Computer Building

Email: pmd19@psu.edu

Specialty: Data Visualization

Biography: Patrick (he/him) holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in Information Science. He has an eclectic background and has collaborated with researchers in biology, meteorology, business, infectious diseases, political science, veterinary and biomedical sciences, entomology, food science, chemistry, physics, engineering, information science, and clinical pharmacology. He is passionate about creating data visualizations and storytelling methods to help researchers understand their underlining data and make their results more accessible. Also, he is interested in assisting researchers in enhancing their own visual, computational, and data fluency by developing tools and provide introductory and advanced workshops.



Dave McLaughlin

Email: dcm20@psu.edu

Specialty: Data Visualization

Biography: Dave holds a master’s degree in Geographic Information Systems from Penn State University. Building on extensive experience in web design and development, his graduate work focused on communicating climate change impacts through interactive web and augmented reality cartography. He specializes in crafting data visualizations for a range of scenarios and applications.


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.



Daniel Otchere

Office: 222D Computer Building

Email: dao5333@psu.edu

Specialties: AI/ML, Reservoir Engineering, Geoscience

Biography: Daniel holds a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia. His expertise includes geoscience, petroleum engineering, and artificial intelligence. He specializes in leveraging advanced computational techniques and machine learning to tackle complex challenges in the energy and environmental sectors. He has experience in reservoir simulation, geophysical processing, fiber optic technology in subsurface monitoring, geothermal energy, and geologic storage.


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. He also has experience applying machine learning (ML) methods to help guide the creation of biophysical models and to analyze electronic health record (EHR) data.



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 in several programming languages; Docker, Singularity, and Kubernetes; Terraform; and Kafka and influxdb.