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The RC People

Research Computing isn't only about massive computing. It is all about the people behind the machines and on the other side of your screen.

Here are the faces and voices of Research Computing.

When asked, how is Research Computing a service?

Insights from our Leadership Team...

Brian's contemplation..."The first analogy that springs to mind is that of a power company: always there and unobtrusive. That said, RC is much more than that, more like a luxury automobile dealer in fact. Not only do we have high performance services available, but we also provide training, diagnostics, and "detailing" - a one stop shop that provides personalized, concierge service for faculty, PIs and groups that rely on us to help make their research successful. " 

Feel free to stop by on Wednesdays from noon to 3PM for office hours and meet members of this talented and entertaining team!

Individual Biographies

Leadership Team (listed in alphabetical order by last name)

James Cuff, PhD

cuff 2014James was appointed Assistant Dean for Research Computing in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) in 2013. From 2007-2012, James was the Director of Research Computing and Chief Technology Architect for FAS Research Computing. Prior to joining FAS Research Computing, James directed Research Computing for Harvard's Life Sciences Division. In 2003 he moved from the United Kingdom to the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. As Group Leader for Applied Production Systems, he managed high performance technical computing alongside large-scale storage and relational database systems. More...

Assistant Dean for Research Computing
38 Oxford Street | Room 119 | Cambridge, MA 02138
Email: james_cuff@harvard.edu

 

Maggie McFee

Maggie McFeeMaggie joined the Physics department's Computing Services Group in 2005 after returning from a stay in Australia. This group provides mail, file, web, thin client and custom services to the department. During her stay overseas, she developed database-driven websites and provided freelance systems administration. More...

 

Manager of RC Support Services
38 Oxford Street | Room 204 | Cambridge, MA 02138
Email: mmcfee@g.harvard.edu

Justin Riley

JustinJustin Riley joined Research Computing in 2015 as a senior team lead for special projects. Before joining, Justin worked in the Software Tools for Academics and Researchers Group (STAR: http://star.mit.edu) at MIT for eight years. More...
Senior Team Lead of Cloud Ops
38 Oxford Street | Room 210 | Cambridge, MA 02138
Email: justinriley@fas.harvard.edu

Elizabeth Shepard

elizabethElizabeth has spent 18 years at Harvard. She started at the Student Receivables Office, then moved on to the Graduate School of Education, and finally landed in the Division of Science. More...
Departmental Administrator
38 Oxford Street | Room 204A | Cambridge, MA 02138
Email: eshepard@fas.harvard.edu

Brian White

Brian WhiteBrian White joined Research Computing in October 2013. Brian manages the system administration and operations arm of Research Computing. Prior to his appointment, he was involved in IT endeavors since the mid-1980s, starting as a PC lab manager at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in October 1986, where he studied for a MS in Computer Science. He then taught himself Unix system administration and went on be site postmaster, design and build the university’s primary main system, as well as design/implement various student academic support systems. More...

Manager of Research Computing IT Operations
38 Oxford Street | Room 205 | Cambridge, MA 02138
Email: brian_white@harvard.edu

Scott Yockel, PhD

scottScott joined Research Computing in February 2015 to be the Senior Team Lead of HPC. He has extensive experience in research computing, HPC system administration, and a number of years of program management. More...
Senior Team Lead of HPC
38 Oxford Street | Room 211-A | Cambridge, MA 02138
Email: scott_yockel@harvard.edu

 

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Dan Caunt

dan cauntDan began his IT career in the Army as a Signal Officer stationed in Mannheim, Germany, where he managed deployable communications centers consisting of satellite, network, and server equipment for 7th Signal Brigade. More...
Research Computing Associate
38 Oxford Street | Room 208 | Cambridge, MA 02138
Email: dcaunt@fas.harvard.edu

Wes Dillingham

wes dillinghamBefore joining Research Computing in February 2015, Wes worked as a Systems Engineer at Brigham and Women’s Channing Division of Network Medicine. There he and his colleagues implemented Cumulus, the first research cloud computing system at Partners Healthcare. More...
Research Computing Associate
38 Oxford Street | Room 211 | Cambridge, MA 02138
Email: wdillingham@g.harvard.edu

Paul Edmon, PhD

paul edmondPaul specializes in supercomputing and computational fluid dynamics. He has done research on modeling particle acceleration and radiation. More...

 

 

ITC Research Computing Associate
38 Oxford Street | Room 208 | Cambridge, MA 02138
Email: pedmon@cfa.harvard.edu

Mike Ethier

m_ethierMike is a senior systems administrator for the High Performance Research Computing group. He has worked on a variety of UNIX and Linux operating systems since 1988, and has focused on high performance linux/unix clusters since 1998. More...

 

 

Senior Systems Administrator
38 Oxford Street | Room 208 | Cambridge, MA 02138
Email: methier@cgr.harvard.edu
Tel: (617) 496-9739

Warren Frame

" id="id22"] warrenWarren joined Research Computing in December 2015.  Prior to this he worked as a Senior Systems Engineer at Rochester Regional Health, where he got a taste for automation in a Microsoft ecosystem. More...[/reveal]

Windows Infrastructure Engineer
38 Oxford Street | Room 210 | Cambridge, MA 02138
Email: wframe@g.harvard.edu

 

Bradford Freeman

Bradford Freeman

Before joining the Research Computing team in May 2015, I was previously at HUIT beginning my journey at Harvard in 2012. I was positioned as the Senior Technical Support Engineer in the Division of Sciences, assisting many of the faculty across the University and directly supporting the Dean of Sciences office in this time. More...

Scientific Systems Administrator
38 Oxford Street | Room 204 | Cambridge, MA 02138
Email: bfreeman@fas.harvard.edu

 Dan Kelleher

dank

Before joining Research Computing in April 2015, Dan worked as a Technical Instructor at MIT in the Department of Physics. There he and his colleagues redesigned and maintained an instructional laboratory environment of Ubuntu and Fedora systems. More...

 

 

Scientific Systems Administrator
38 Oxford Street | Room 204 | Cambridge, MA 02138
Email: dkelleher@g.harvard.edu

Plamen Krastev, PhD

Plamen_KrastevPlamen earned his Ph.D. in Theoretical Nuclear Physics from the University of Idaho. Then he worked as a postdoctoral associate at Texas A&M University where he researched neutron star properties and gravitational waves. More...

 

 

Research Computing Associate
38 Oxford Street | Room 117 | Cambridge, MA 02138
Email: plamenkrastev@fas.harvard.edu

Milan Kupcevic

Milan_KupceviMilan joined Research Computing at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in July 2014. Prior to joining FAS Research Computing Milan was involved in architecting and running computing services systems as the Lead Server Administrator of Physics Department. More...

 

Systems Administrator
38 Oxford Street | Room 211 | Cambridge, MA 02138
Email: milan_kupcevic@harvard.edu

John Noss

John NossJohn joined Research Computing in August of 2012. He previously worked as a Technical Support Engineer for HUIT/FAS IT, serving various areas across campus, including the physics department. More...

 

 

Research Computing Associate
38 Oxford Street | Room 211 | Cambridge, MA 02138
Email: noss@fas.harvard.edu

Henry Perkins

Henry PerkinsHenry joined Research Computing in September 2013. He was previously a Systems Administrator at Berklee College of Music primarily focused on systems backup and disaster recovery as well as implementing applications and providing support in a heterogeneous environment. More...

 

Research Computing Associate
38 Oxford Street | Room 208 | Cambridge, MA 02138
Email: hperkins@g.harvard.edu

 Josue Rivera

JosueJosue has worked in various IT support roles since his completion of military service in 2000. In 2008 he began working at Harvard as a Technical Support Engineer for FAS IT, and currently administers and supports various Linux and Mac systems as a Research Computing Specialist for the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. More...

 

Research Computing Specialist
38 Oxford Street | Room 208 | Cambridge, MA 02138
Email: jjrivera@fas.harvard.edu

Luis Silva

luisLuis M. Silva is a Dev-Ops engineer for Research Computing (RC). Luis worked his way up from junior Systems Administrator over the last 6 years. Before joining RC, he worked in FAS-IT Desktop Support. More...

 

 

Dev-Ops Engineer
38 Oxford Street | Room 210 | Cambridge, MA 02138
Email: luis_silva@harvard.edu

Nate St. Germain

nateNate joined Research Computing in October 2013. Prior to working at Harvard, Nate was a Systems Administrator at Tufts University, where he managed a mostly Ubuntu physical/virtual deployment and supported researchers with general Linux/OSS needs. More...

 

Research Computing Associate
38 Oxford Street | Room 208 | Cambridge, MA 02138
Email: nate_stgermain@harvard.edu

See how our team member roles connect through our Organizational Structure and more informal Profiles in Delight.

 

 

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