Research Computing Advisory Council

Formed in 2014, the Research Computing Advisory Council (RCAC) provides perspective and input on the needs of computationally intensive researchers on campus as it relates to research computing technology and direct support of research computing technology including:

  • Computing elements (i.e. storage, computational hardware, and networking)
  • Support staffing
  • Software availability
  • Communication

RCAC advises ITS on research efforts and investments surrounding the Academic Virtual Hosting Enviroment (AVHE), OrangeGrid, the Green Data Center (as it relates to research computing), and future resource investments. In collaboration with the larger research community and ITS, RCAC represents the needs of the research computing community to the University leadership.

Research Computing Advisory Council Scope

The Research Computing Advisory Council (RCAC) provides perspective and input on the needs of computationally intensive researchers on campus as it relates to research computing technology and direct support of research computing technology.   This includes computing elements (i.e. storage, computational hardware, and networking), support staffing, software availability, and communication.  RCAC advises ITS on research efforts and investments surrounding the Academic Virtual Hosting Environment (AVHE), OrangeGrid, the Green Data Center (as it relates to research computing), and future resource investments.  In collaboration with the larger research community and ITS, RCAC represents the needs of the research computing community to the university leadership.  RCAC is a key participant in identifying research computing trends and directions assisting with the formation and maintenance of a sustainable model for research computing on campus.

RCAC Membership

Members of the RCAC, including faculty, IT staff, and IT leadership, come from academic units across campus, representing diverse research needs.

  • Duncan Brown
    Charles Brightman Professor of Physics, Department of Physics
  • Peter Couvares
    Data Analysis Computing Manager, Advanced LIGO project at Caltech
  • Radhakrishna Sureshkumar
    Distinguished Professor, Department Chair, Biomedical and Chemical Engineering
  • Arindam Chakraborty
    Associate Professor, Chemistry
  • Robert Moucha
    Assistant Professor, Earth Sciences
  • John Francis III Dannenhoffer
    Associate Professor, Program Director of Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Melissa Ann Green
    Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • M. Lisa Manning
    Associate Professor, Department of Physics
  • Heath A Hanlin
    Associate Professor, Computer Art and Animation, Department Chair, College of Visual + Performing Arts
  • Stanley J Ziemba
    Director of Information Technology, Maxwell School
  • Roger B Merrill
    Assistant Dean for IT Services and Facilities, School of Information Studies
  • Jeffrey Pitt
    Director of Information Technology, The College of Arts and Sciences
  • Paula A Maxwell
    IT Manager, School of Education
  • Mike Kalish
    Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Jeffrey Saltz
    Associate Professor, School of Information Studies
  • Pinyuen Chen
    Professor, Mathematics
  • Eric Sedore
    Associate CIO for Infrastructure Services, Information Technology Services
  • Sam Scozzafava
    Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Information Technology Services