CTSC Advisory Committee
TOM BARTON is senior director for architecture, integration and chief information security officer at the University of Chicago. He has strong ties to Internet2 and InCommon as the lead for the Internet2 Middleware Initiative's Grouper project. He is a member of the Middleware Architecture Committee for Education, the InCommon Federation's Technical Advisory Committee, and EDUCAUSE's Identity Management Working Group.
DAVID HALSTEAD is the CIO for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. After obtaining a PhD in the computational simulation of surface catalysis in 1990, he moved to HPC research at the DOE Scalable Computing Laboratory in Ames Lab, implementing commodity parallel processing cluster solutions to benefit research in surface science, chemistry, physics and biology. In 2002 he moved into industry with Celera Genomics to drive the Strategic Platform Initiative; transitioning away from the costly leased computer systems used to sequence the human genome, to scalable HPC systems supporting proteomics and therapeutics research. Since joining NRAO in 2008, his responsibilities are divided between Data Management for the Observatory’s HPC infrastructure in support of the national radio telescopes, and the general IT support for NRAO’s 500+ employees. He has served on the committees for SC94, SC99, SC05, SC10; SC13; SC14; SC16 and is a founding member of the ACM’s SIGHPC Education Chapter.
NEIL CHUE HONG is director of the Software Sustainability Institute (SSI), the UK national facility for cultivating world-class research through software. He is responsible for representing the SSI and UK researchers' software interests nationally and internationally. Within the organization, he oversees SSI operations, leads the community engagement, develops and manages collaborations, and acts as the principal liaison with stakeholders. This is done to address the institute's key themes of skills and training, recognition and reward, career paths, and reproducible research.
NICHOLAS J. MULTARI is the senior project manager for research in cyber security at the Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL) in Richland, Washington. He establishes the direction and leads the execution of the various research projects resulting in a rigorous foundation upon which security concepts are matured and implemented. Prior to joining PNNL, he was the manager for trusted cyber technology at Boeing Research and Technology in Seattle, Washington. In that position, Nick directed and led a group of researchers conducting research, development, and technology assessment of cyber and information assurance technologies in support of Boeing Business Unit needs. In 2008, he served as a consultant to the USAF Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) investigating the effects of the contested cyber environment on the USAF mission. In addition to being a Senior Security Engineer with Scitor Corporation in Northern Virginia, Nick spent 20 years as a computer scientist in the Air Force retiring as a Lt. Col. In the Air Force, his positions ranged from system acquisitions to networking to computer security management. He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Manhattan College, New York; a master’s degree in computing and information science from Trinity University, Texas; and a PhD in computer science from the University of Texas at Austin.
NANCY WILKINS-DIEHR of the San Diego Supercomputing Center has a breadth of experience in community engagement. She is currently director of XSEDE's Extend Collaborative Support for Communities program, which includes Science Gateway initiatives. She is also the PI on a Science Gateway Institute conceptualization grant.
MELISSA WOO is the Senior Vice President for Information Technology (IT) and Chief Information Officer at Stony Brook University, responsible for the IT services supporting the University's teaching, research, and service mission. Melissa oversees the Division of Information Technology (DoIT), which provides a broad range of services to Stony Brook University's students, faculty, and staff.
Prior to joining Stony Brook University, Melissa was the Vice Provost for Information Services and Chief Information Officer at the University of Oregon. Melissa has also worked for the central IT organizations at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign leading and supporting a number of areas, including research cyberinfrastructure, enterprise IT services, and IT operations and infrastructure.
In 2012, Melissa was the recipient of the EDUCAUSE Rising Star Award, an annual award that recognizes an emerging leader in higher education IT whose record reflects ongoing and exceptional growth in contribution to the profession. Throughout her career, Melissa has been actively engaged with higher education IT professional organizations, and is particularly passionate in her support of aspiring leaders from diverse backgrounds. Melissa serves on a number of higher education IT committees and working groups, authors articles, and is a frequent conference presenter.
She completed her PhD in Biophysics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her Bachelor's degree in Biophysics at the University of California, Berkeley.