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The Scientific Solutions Team

Staff

Carol Song, Director of Scientific Solutions Group 

Carol Song leads the Scientific Solutions group in developing advanced cyberinfrastructure to support scientific discovery and learning. She has more than 20 years of experience in high-performance and distributed computing, and software development to connect domain scientists to advanced cyberinfrastructure technologies. Since 2005, she has been PI or CoPI on more than 15 sponsored research projects, representing more than $32 million in research funding, including the NSF-funded TeraGrid and XSEDE, CI-TEAM, SI2, and DIBBS projects. She is the lead of the Purdue DiaGrid project (diagrid.org) that serves the scientific communities by providing computational resources and end-to-end science applications delivered in web browsers, as well as a place where they can share their software and tools. Carol holds a Ph.D. degree in computer science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Larry Biehl

Larry received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and M.S. in Engineering degrees in 1973 and 1974, respectively from Purdue University. Since that time he has been involved in many programs involving remote sensing and image processing projects at Purdue. He currently manages the Purdue Terrestrial Observatory, is a resource for geospatial software licensing on campus, director of IndianaView and is working on the U2U (Useful to Usable), GABBS (Geospatial Modeling and Data Analysis Building Blocks for HUBzero) and Sorghum Phenology projects.

Marisa Brazil

Marisa joined Purdue Research Computing as a program manager in February 2017. She is the XSEDE Campus Champion program coordinator, responsible for planning and leading the day-to-day campus champion activities including training, engagement, evaluation, as well as designing new programs in response to community input. Marisa has recently also joined the GABBs project, a NSF-funded data infrastructure building blocks (DIBBs) project at Purdue, as the outreach specialist to help with engagement and dissemination. 

Nicole Brewer

Nicole received her B.S. degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Purdue University in December 2018. As a student, she used HPC resources to perform undergraduate research in combinatorial game theory and she was a undergraduate teaching assistant for an object-oriented programming class. Before joining the SSG team, she gained development experience as a student software verification engineer at Aptiv. 

Robert (Rob) Campbell

Rob graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Computer Science. He's worked as a software developer in a variety of industries including automation, consumer electronics, and IT. At Purdue, he’s helped build tools for DiaGrid, a website providing access to a large, high-throughput, distributed research computing network. Recently, he's contributed to GABBS, an NSF funded project to create geospatial modeling and data analysis infrastructure software. Rob is currently a programmer within the Scientific Solutions Group at Purdue where he's a member of multiple research teams.

Carolyn Ellis

Carolyn is the SSG Program Manager who joined the team in March 2016.  Prior to SSG her role was Project / Portfolio Manager in IT Security and Policy where she managed a few campus wide projects such as expanding the University's emergency alerting notifications.  Prior to switching to managing the projects, Carolyn was an application web developer for 10+ years where she gained a strong foundation developing software and IT systems.

Rajesh Kalyanam

Rajesh received his PhD degree in Computer Engineering in 2016 from Purdue University. He is a software engineer on the SSG team and has been involved in the development of several scientific gateways with special focus on geospatial data that leverage distributed storage resources, web-services and geospatial processing tools. He was recently a part of an IEEE CyberSecurity Initiative pilot project aimed at increasing cybersecurity knowledge among the general public. As a part of this initiative he helped build and host demonstrative cybersecurity application containers on cloud compute resources. Before Purdue, he worked at Oracle India building new components for the Oracle Public Sector Payroll suite of products.

Christopher (Chris) Thompson

Chris graduated from Computer Science department of Purdue University in 2004.  Before joining the Scientific Solutions Group in 2010, he worked for automotive electronics manufacturer Delphi and in the exciting field of biomedical devices at the Purdue licensed research startup Quadraspec.  During his time on the SSG team, Chris has helped develop many tools and gateways to connect users with research code running on computing clusters at Purdue and other institutions within the XSEDE network.  He looks forward to designing new interfaces in the future for the SSG team’s continuing mission to bridge the gaps between users and high performance computing. Chris holds a B.S. degree in computer science and mathematics. 

Jungha Woo

Jungha Woo is a Software Engineer in the Research Computing at the Purdue University. His Ph.D. work included analyzing investors’ behavioral biases in the U.S. stock markets and implementing profitable strategies utilizing irrational behaviors. His experience and interests lie in the statistical analysis of scientific data, and software development. Jungha develops scientific software to help high-performance computational communities run modelling, prediction jobs. Jungha holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, a M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Computer Science.

Tsai-Wei Wu

Tsai-Wei joins the SSG team (50% FTE) in January 2019. She will contribute to the GeoEDF project with her expertise and knowledge in computing and scientific visualization, and her software development skills. She was an XSEDE 2016 Campus Champions Fellow and worked on developing phase field crystal (PFC) models for 2D semiconductor growth with parameters comparable to real experiments. Tsai-Wei has a M.S. degree in applied mathematics and Ph.D. in electrical engineering both from U of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 

Lan Zhao

Lan Zhao is a research scientist at the research computing department, Purdue University. She has many years of experience with software development and is the technical lead for several science gateway projects funded by the NSF XSEDE, SDCI, CI-TEAM, ABI, and other programs in recent years. She led the design and development of multiple geospatial-enabled cyberinfrastructure systems ranging from climate modeling (CESM), hydrology and water resources (SWAT, Water HUB), drought (DRINET), isotope modeling (IsoMAP), agricultural economics modeling (GEOSHARE), and reusable geospatial software building blocks to expand HUBzero functionalities (GABBS). Lan holds Master's degrees in computer science and biology. 
 

Visiting Scholars

Dr. Eric Wei Wan
Dr. Quan Zhou

Students

I Luk Kim (Computer Science)
Jaewoo Shin (Computer Science)
Tsung Tai Yeh (Electrical & Computer Engineering)

Interns

Zhaoya Sun (Computer Science)
Zhaoze Zhang (Computer Science)

Former graduate and undergraduate students who worked with us in the past few years

Nicole Brewer (Math/CS)
Wei-Kang Hsu (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
Ya-wen Chu (computer science)
Arjun Bagla
Abilene Perez
Bekmurat Spayev
Ian Campbell
Lingkun Ou
Paul Steele
Hou-Jen Ko
Shandian Zhe
Jingbo Wu
Yuan Xia
Shuang Wu
Hongjun Choi
Pengxuan Zheng
Yao Zhu
Luke Policinski
Jing Ryong Kim
Zhenpeng Zhao
Yuet-Ling Wong
Wei Feng
Umut Topkara
Sung Phil Park