MSc Applied Mathematics, Dalhousie University
Greg has been involved with HPC for 18 years, either as a user, systems administrator, or managing executive. As the Chief Technology Officer for ACENET from 2007 to 2019, Greg guided the creation of ACENET, its technical team, and its computing resources. He has been a participant in the evolution of Compute Canada since its inception, representing Atlantic Canada on the Technology Leadership Council, numerous committees and various working groups. He represented Atlantic Canada on the ARC working group of the Leadership Council on Digital Research Infrastructure (LCDRI), the group that prepared the report for the federal government that resulted in significant new funding for digital research infrastructure in Canada.
Ph.D. Geosciences, University of Bremen
Ines joined ACENET in 2020 as its Chief Technology Officer. Prior to ACENET, she was the technical and operational lead of the national MERIDIAN project (Marine Environmental Research Infrastructure for Data Integration and Application Network) developing machine learning-based data analysis and management solutions. Ines’ thesis research focused on past climate change events and related inter-hemispheric variations in the terrestrial and marine realm. Following several research positions in Germany and later Australia, she began exploring the world of data management and digital research infrastructure while working at a TERN (Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network) project and the Australian National Data Service (ANDS), now known as the Australian Research Data Commons.
MBA, Dalhousie University
BBA, Acadia University
Michele has been in the marketing field for almost 25 years, her work spanning both the public and private sectors and a variety of industries. Along the way, she’s worked in Public Affairs with the Department of National Defence in Ottawa, marketed fries for McCain Foods (Canada), sand and gravel for The Shaw Group Ltd. and medical devices for Uplift Technologies. She’s also done private consulting with organizations ranging from start-up to large nationals. Michele’s core skills include strategic planning & execution, research & analysis, branding & product positioning, and new product planning & launches. Within ACENET, Michele is responsible for building the ACENET brand, expanding awareness of the benefits of advanced research computing and attracting new clients.
MBA, BComm, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador
CMA, CPA, Chartered Professional Accountants – Newfoundland & Labrador
Sheldon joined ACENET in late 2017 from Memorial University. He has been with Memorial University for five years in an accounting and finance role. His work experience been entirely within the educational sector. Sheldon comes from a professional accounting background with strong analytical and managerial skills.
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Ph.D. Computational Chemistry, Queen’s University
ITIL Foundation Certificate
Ross joined ACENET in 2007 as a Research Consultant. He administers ACENET’s Grid Engine scheduling policies. He has written usage-reporting scripts and user-facing convenience scripts. He helped specify and deploy ACENET’s first Hadoop environment. Ross’s primary responsibility is for education, outreach, and support. He has worked with users across a wide range of disciplines including chemistry, physics, biology, oceanography, neuroscience, engineering, philosophy and management studies. After doctoral and postdoctoral studies in computational chemistry, Ross worked in software development for Hypercube Inc., makers of HyperChem for Windows, and for Molecular Mining Corporation where he helped specify some of the earliest software for analyzing high-throughput gene expression data.
Dr. rer. nat. Computational Chemistry, University of Paderborn, Germany
Oliver has been with ACENET since 2015. He has over 15 years of computational research experience in the fields of molecular modelling, chemistry, and bioinformatics. He has held post-doctoral positions at the Donnelly Centre for Cellular & Biomolecular Research at the University of Toronto, doing computational network biology working on active cell maps, and at the NRC’s National Institute for Nanotechnology in Edmonton, where he performed molecular dynamics studies on the interactions between proteins and functionalized Gold nano-particles. Most recently, Oliver has been working with Dr. Ray Poirier at Memorial University, and Dr. Jason Pearson at the University of Prince Edward Island on ‘Retrievium’, a repository for quantum-mechanical information.
Ph.D. Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
Gurpreet joined ACENET in 2016 and is based at St. Francis Xavier University (St. FX). A physicist who began his research career studying amorphous materials, supercooled liquids, and the glass transition, Gurpreet was then involved in several original and inter-related lines of research addressing climate change and studying climate of the past. He’s since been involved in a variety of interdisciplinary computational research areas, including physics, chemistry, earth sciences and mechanical engineering. Gurpreet’s most recent passion is neuroscience research, whereby he is in an active collaboration with researchers studying brain dynamics. This collaboration led to a joint paper on the effects of ongoing brain processes on pain. Gurpreet is fluent in coding in Fortran, C++, C and has a solid understanding of MATLAB. He has also taught undergraduate courses in the physics, engineering, and earth sciences departments at St. FX.
Ph.D. Astrophysics, Odessa National University, Ukraine
Sergiy has been providing user support with ACENET since 2007, and has managed HPC and server infrastructure since 2002. Sergiy was the driving force behind our consistent user experience across HPC systems and our user and system documentation. He has built and/or customized and maintained our software environment, Infiniband and Myrinet networks, SGE installation, ticketing system and the wiki-driven website. He works closely with systems administrators to diagnose and troubleshoot problems, test environments, and analyze performance. Prior to ACENET, Sergiy was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Western Ontario doing computer modelling of stellar atmospheres.
PhD Astrophysics, Saint Mary’s University
Chris has been working in HPC since 2005 and joined ACENET in 2015, with a focus on Big Data. During his PhD he developed a multi-dimensional hydrodynamics code utilizing the parallel environment at ACENET to explore the interaction of convection and radial pulsation in RR Lyrae variable stars. A key component of this work was developing a domain decomposition framework using OpenMPI to parallelize the code.
More recently he was an associate research fellow at the University of Exeter where he worked on a team of international researchers. Key roles included the continued development of a hydrodynamics code, analysis and visualization of the resulting large datasets, development and maintenance of command-line tools used by the group, and to conduct novel research. His focus was on understanding how newly accreted material is redistributed by convection in young forming stars, and how the existing convection is modified by the accretion of new material.
In addition to these formal roles Chris also has interests in visualization and 3D computer graphics.
BSc Chemistry, University of Prince Edward Island
Mat joined ACENET in 2019 as a Research Consultant specializing in applied machine learning. He hails from Cape Breton, and has made his home on Prince Edward Island. He holds an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Cape Breton University, and is currently finishing up a Ph.D. in chemistry with a focus on applied machine learning, working with Dr. Jason Pearson at University of Prince Edward Island. Mat’s specialties include the Python programming language, specifically with the Numpy, Keras, TensorFlow and Scikit learn packages. He is active in the local software development and business community.
Ph.D., Biophysics, Moscow State University, Russia
Serguei joined ACENET in 2019 as a Research Consultant. His background is in experimental and computational biophysics. After doctoral and postdoctoral studies in biophysics of photosynthesis, Serguei was Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship recipient at the Technical University of Berlin where he studied energy conversion in natural and artificial photosynthetic systems using ultrafast laser spectroscopy. More recently he was working as a research associate at Brock University with Dr. Douglas Bruce, where he was engaged in inter-disciplinary research of photosynthesis, integrating biology, computational chemistry, physics and data science. Working at Brock University, Serguei developed specialized programs for global and target analysis of time-resolved spectroscopic data, and analysis of molecular dynamics trajectories. Serguei’s research interests include molecular modelling, simulations of water and oxygen transport in proteins, and computation of the properties of cofactors in protein complexes.
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of New Brunswick
Prior to joining ACENET in 2020, Farhad was a Post-Doctoral Fellow and an instructor at the University of New Brunswick (UNB). During this time, his research focused on the simulations of tidal flows and in-situ operations of tidal turbines using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). In 2018, Farhad received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from UNB. His thesis was on CFD simulations of ducted and non-ducted tidal turbines. As part of this project, he implemented the actuator line method on a highly parallelized solver which used GPUs and CPUs concurrently. Farhad strongly believes that the field of Mechanical Engineering and especially Thermofluid Mechanics is strategically connected to many branches of science and can contribute significantly to many interesting interdisciplinary research topics. Therefore, using High-Performance Computing (HPC) and CFD, as his major areas of expertise, he takes an interest in different topics, including but not limited to environmental flows, fluid-structure interactions, energy, and heat transfer.
MLIS, Dalhousie University
Lee joined ACENET in 2017 as a Research Consultant specializing in Research Data Management. He is on secondment from ACENET to Portage, a national, library-based network that builds capacity and coordinates Research Data Management (RDM) activities in Canada, as the Service Manager. Through this role, Lee manages RDM service delivery across Canada both directly and through partnerships with other organizations, including national advanced research computing providers. He also oversees the operations of the Federated Research Data Repository, an access and discovery portal for Canadian research data. Prior to ACENET, Lee worked with the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) network’s Data Management team, solving issues related to the storage, discovery, and accessibility of ocean data. Lee holds a Master of Library and Information Studies (Dalhousie University) and a BA in English (Mount Allison University).
MSc. Physics and Quantum Information, Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo
Lydia joined ACENET in 2020. Her experience spans several research fields and organizations where she has led or collaborated in applying advanced technology, including experimental quantum physics, nursing, psychology and public health. Her varied projects include optimizing entangled photon sources, imaging of bohmian trajectories, experimentally verifying quantum causality, integrating e-technology with mental health screening, and developing mental health e-interventions (including a triage algorithm). Most recently, she has been studying experiences and opinions around health and safety, and the effects of employment legislation on family farms in Alberta.
MSc Biomedical Physics, Ryerson University
Grace joined ACENET in 2019 and is based in St. John’s at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She completed her undergraduate degree at Memorial in applied math and physics and then pursued her masters in biomedical physics at Ryerson University. Her masters research involved exploring the design and behaviour analysis of microbubbles and nanobubbles, which are used as contrast agents in ultrasound. This required the development of an algorithm to sort through and differentiate RF data demonstrating bubble behaviour using MATLAB. Throughout her masters, Grace sought out professional development opportunities that focused on improving learning and teaching in higher education. This led her to complete her Level 2 with SEDA’s Professional Development Framework, developed in the UK.
Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Toronto
Diploma in Information Technology, Memorial University of Newfoundland
ITIL Foundation Certificate
Craig has been with ACENET since 2009, and has over 16 years experience as a Systems Administrator. He has managed and maintained Sun/Oracle/Dell/IBM/HP/DEC/Cisco servers, blade centres, SANs, tape systems, and network switches (fibre channel, ethernet, and Infiniband). He has significant experience in identity and access management, OS management, login services, firewalls and security, web services, job scheduling, revision control, performance monitoring, DNS, DHCP, email, virtualization, and SAN/distributed/tiered file systems. Craig has worked at Memorial University since 1999 as a Systems Administrator with Information Technology Services, and the Departments of Computer Science and Mathematics. He has been designing, building and managing LDAP and identity management systems since 2000, including the current campus-wide system, as well as ACENET’s system.
BSc Computer Science, Acadia University
ITIL Foundation Certificate
Phil has over 25 years of experience as a Unix System Administrator, working in academic and industry environments performing IT infrastructure design, implementation and management. He has significant experience in Unix, TCP/IP networking, Myrinet interconnect, computer security, hierarchical file systems (including SAM-QFS) and cluster computing systems. Prior to becoming the Lead System Administrator with ACENET, Phil worked as a Unix Administrator for the Research Institute at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children and was the Unix and Network Administration Team Leader for software developers at Alias Research.
BA History, Oregon State University
ITIL Foundation Certificate
Karl has worked with ACENET for ten years and has 20 years experience in networking, systems administration and programming in academia. His experience includes: six years in front line user support; 10 years of web application development (includes interface design, front end user support database design etc.); two years of responsibility for Campus-wide System and Network Security; ten years of nationally certified leadership and skills training (instruction, group management, customer service/user experience trainer, logistics); and, three years on a provincial board and 1 on a national board (strategic planning, project management, user needs assessments). Karl provides systems administration support for ACORN, including maintaining its stratum 1 time servers. He has significant experience with Infiniband networking, network security, application development, parallel file systems, HPC scheduling systems, and VMware virtualization. Prior to Dalhousie, Karl managed the Oregon State University residence hall network – over 10 buildings with over 5000 devices – in addition to designing and implementing campus-wide network management tools, and detecting and responding to network security issues campus-wide.
MSc Communication and Information System, Tongi University
Jessica joined ACENET in 2019 as a CyberSecurity Analyst, coming from IMP Group. While at IMP Group, she worked as a Security Analyst for five years, and accumulated both CyberSecurity hands-on experience as well as information security management experience by implementing best practices. Prior to this, Jessica had worked as a Network Engineer for over 10 years with MasterCard, Royal DSM and other international companies, where she designed, implemented and maintained Cisco networks and VOIP systems while holding her CCNP and CCVP certificates.
MCSc Computer Science, Dalhousie University
Robbie joined ACENET in May of 2020, just prior to receiving his master’s degree. As a researcher, his areas of specialization are privacy and security, authentication, and usability. He is interested in better securing vulnerable, under-resourced, and novice users. His thesis work and associated research addressed the promise of communicating the problem of password reuse via password managers, in an explicitly cross-site context. Robbie’s past work with industry partners and government has been tied to network security, and the development of adaptive intrusion detection systems.
BCSci, Acadia University
Graduating from Acadia in 2015, Daniel joined ACENET in 2016 as a software developer, with responsibilities both regionally and on the national Compute Canada development team. Daniel has completed multiple co-op software development positions. He has experience in a web development environment using Ruby on Rails, and his background includes working with compiled languages such as C, Java and Go. Daniel’s thesis focused on developing algorithms for the heuristic optimization of university exam scheduling. As an undergraduate, Daniel, as part of three-person team, placed third in the 2013 Science Atlantic Computer Science Programming Contest.