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Meet the Research Computing Group

Core Staff

John Huffman

John Huffman

Director of Research Computing

John brings over 20 years of academic research computing support with a focus on high performance computing and advanced visualization applications to UD-IT. He will work closely with the Vice President for Research, Scholarship, and Innovation as well as the college research deans and other key stakeholders in research computing including faculty, research centers, the University Library, and IT leadership to plan and provide the infrastructure, applications and services required to support the University’s diverse and growing research portfolio. John also will assist with the development of research computing strategies, deploy technologies to enable data intensive research programs, and improve coordination between university-wide and departmental IT teams.

Dr. Jeffrey Frey

Dr. Jeffrey Frey

Systems Programmer, HPC Team

Jeff received his PhD in physical chemistry in 2006 with a focus on theoretical methods. His thesis relied on high-performance computing and required familiarity with the hardware, software, and administration of HPC systems. He continues to use those skills both in HPC support within the University’s IT organization and in support of the College of Engineering.
Michael Kyle

Michael Kyle

Scientific Applications Consultant, HPC Team

Michael is a member of UD’s Research Cyberinfrastructure team as a Scientific Application Consultant.  His primary responsibilities are to assist UD’s research community with the HPC systems and its resources, and also serves as one of UD’s XSEDE Campus Champions. Michael has a B.S. in Earth Science with a major in Meteorology, from Kean University, and is currently enrolled in UD’s online Master’s program for Cybersecurity.  His work experiences span the non-profit, private, and public sectors where he worked on a range of projects. Some of the projects included scientific programming, visualization, and data storage.

Anita Z. Schwartz

Anita Z. Schwartz

Scientific Application Consultant, HPC Team

Anita has over 30 years of experience supporting clients at UD including high-performance computing (HPC) since 2011. She is vital in making HPC a transparent resource for advances in research computing. As an XSEDE Campus Champion, Anita seeks to assist researchers in understanding available resources as well as assisting with cluster computing technical questions and problems. She is a key component in planning, testing, documenting and training for all clusters. Anita has a BA and Master’s in Computer and Information Sciences, Master’s in Information Systems and Technology Management and a certificate in Analytics: Optimizing Big Data — all from the University of Delaware.

Olena Smith

Olena Smith

Lead Geospatial Information Consultant

Olena has been working with GIS for 13 years. She supports the UD Geospatial Research community as a technological leader and consultant. Her experience includes database and back-end management and extensive experience in administrating ArcGIS data. Olena has over 6 years experience teaching geospatial courses at Esri. Olena most recently worked as a Senior Geospatial Engineer for the Booz Allen Hamilton, National Guard Bureau, before joining the Research Computing Staff at UD. She has an M.A. in Geography from Western Michigan University with GIS specialization.

Paul Williams

Paul Williams

Systems Programmer, HPC Team

Paul joined UD’s Research Cyberinfrastructure team after working in other departments at UD for about 5 years. His primary responsibilities include maintaining the HPC systems, developing and implementing a cloud HPC framework, and providing technical training and support for UD’s research community. Paul is a graduate of Virginia Tech and has worked in the fields of finance and education.

Associate Staff

Lauren Elise Maxfield

Lauren Elise Maxfield

Technical Writer

Elise joined the IT Communication Group after graduating with a B.A. in English and Professional Writing from Ohio State University. She specializes in technical communication and marketing.
Aletia Morgan

Aletia Morgan

Institutional Data Manager

Aletia joined UD from Rutgers University in late 2016 in a new position sponsored jointly by the Research Office and IT Security & Policy Group. She is working to identify campus resources and requirements for Research Data Management, and is supporting improvements in data security practices and risk management. From 2010-2016, she was the Research Data Manager for the Rutgers University Libraries. Previously, she was the IT Director for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Iowa, and a Systems Engineer for IBM, primarily supporting the Education marketplace. Aletia holds an MBA in Management Information Systems from Vanderbilt University.
Bill Totten

Bill Totten

Enterprise Architect, Enterprise Systems & Cloud Services

Bill Totten is a Enterprise Architect for the University of Delaware Enterprise Systems & Cloud Services group. His primary responsibilities are…
Nora Wallace

Nora Wallace

Administrative Assistant III, IT-Client Support & Services

Nora Wallace is a Administrative Assistant, on the Client Support & Services team. She supports…

Student Staff

Parinaz Barakhshan

Parinaz Barakhshan

XSEDE Student Campus Champion, HPC Team

Parinaz is working on her Ph.D. program in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of UD. She is an XSEDE Student Campus Champion. Her role includes helping the researchers, educators, and scholars with their computing-intensive and data-intensive research, including helping them to use advanced digital capabilities to improve, grow and/or accelerate these achievements.