In my early years I intimately studied corn cel structures through physical de-tasseling. Detroit Diesel Alison taught me systems control via mylar tape CNC mills. At the University of Southern California Space Sciences Center I worked on vacuum systems, electroplating for optics free spectrometers, computer data acquisition and telemetry for sub-orbital, orbital, and interplanetary spaceflights. Projects I assisted on included 4 sounding rocket launches, 3 space shuttle launches, and an instrument on the SOHO spacecraft. While I cut my programming chops at USC, relocation to Santa Barbara provided me the opportunity to build and administer the first email and web servers for the Zen Peacemakers while it was based in Montecito. As the monks traveled the world to further their mission of bearing witness it was my responsibility to keep their communication channels and information systems running smoothly ( in 1999 ). Starting a family, I decided to utilize my computer skills at UCSB, serving for 12 years as the systems administrator for the Mathematics department, recipient of one of the first NSF Beowulf clusters at UCSB. People centered support and a can-do attitude for research became my hallmarks. Realizing high performance computational research was my calling, I transitioned to the Materials Research Laboratory in 2012 and have been supporting world-class materials chemistry as well as the greater campus good ever since.
I focus on facilitating varied and optimal usage of high performance computational resources to a diverse scientific audience, all the while keeping the hardware happy.