These series of Computing Colloquies are designed to help campus researchers identify and make the most of the diverse array of campus computing resources available at Syracuse University. All faculty, students, and staff conducting, planning, or supporting research activities at Syracuse University are invited to the sessions.

Duncan BrownDuncan Brown,  Inaugural Charles Brightman Endowed Professor of Physics Department of Physics at Syracuse University and a world-renowned expert in gravitational wave astronomy and astrophysics, provided an overview of how OrangeGrid and Crush Computing infrastructure directly supported the multinational Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and its discovery of gravitational waves.

Mike FudgeMichael Fudge, Assistant Professor of Practice of Data Science at the School of Information Studies conducted a deep-dive tour providing the scoop on Hadoop. Hadoop is a highly modular collection of software applications, libraries and API’s allowing for distributed storage and processing of large data sets. Mike is building out a Hadoop cluster here on campus to support BigData environments, with the latest tools and technologies for use by researchers and faculty.


Chihwa (Duke) KaoChihwa (Duke) Kao, Professor of Economics Center for Policy Research in the Maxwell School.

On April 18 Chihwa (Duke) Kao conducted a deep-dive exploration of MatLab, with an eye toward demonstrating how it supports his research in econometrics, continuous time stochastic models, and financial markets. MatLab is a multi-paradigm numerical computing environment and fourth-generation programming language with around one million users in industry and academia from various engineering, science, and economics backgrounds.

Gary EngelhardtGary Engelhardt, Melvin A. Eggers Faculty Scholar and Professor of Economics at the Maxwell School, and a Faculty Associate at the Syracuse University Aging Studies Institute

Gary Engelhardt’s specialties are in the economics of aging, household saving, pensions, Social Security, taxation, and housing markets.  On April 28 Dr. Engelhardt discussed how campus computing resources support and inform his work and commentary, which has been featured nationally, including in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC, National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, and American Public Media’s Marketplace.

These sessions will explore how computing resources help researchers take on new and greater computational tasks, enhance research productivity, increase the competitiveness of grant submissions, and advance scientific discovery across many disciplines. Participants will have opportunities to:

  • Connect with other researchers on campus
  • Participate in an ongoing campus dialogue centered on research computing
  • Receive information on available resources and navigating the landscape
  • Meet and engage SU’s research computing staff

For more information:

If you have questions about the Computing Colloquy sessions, send them to researchcomputing@syr.edu or Eric Sedore.