Meet the ICDS Team

Coordinating Committee

The Coordinating Committee advises ICDS leadership on prioritization of activities such as co-hiring, seed funding, internal development of centers, and training and education. This group includes faculty and IT professionals from across the university.

Kofi Adu

Adu

Kofi Adu

  • Associate Professor of Physics
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Physics

Office: 103C Sheetz Family Health Center, Penn State Altoona

Email: cxa269@psu.edu

Phone: 814-940-3335

Research Focuses: Computation and simulation at nanoscale of interfacial effects on properties of composites; using nanoscale interfacial engineering to enhance properties of ultraconductors

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Charles Ammon

Ammon

Charles Ammon

  • Professor of Geoscience
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Geosciences

Office: 440 Deike Building, University Park

Email: charlesammon@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-2310

Research Focuses: The earthquake process, Earth's interior, seismic observations

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Asad Azemi

Azemi

Asad Azemi

  • Associate Professor of Engineering
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering

Office: Tomezsko Classroom Building, 207 L, Penn State Brandywine

Email: azemi@psu.edu

Phone: 610-892-1421

Research Focuses: Signal modeling and estimation, intelligent systems, computational biology, bioinformatics, chaos

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Orfeu Buxton

Buxton

Orfeu Buxton

  • Professor of Biobehavioral Health
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Biobehavioral Health

Office: 206 Biobehavioral Health Building, University Park

Email: omb104@psu.edu

Phone: 814-867-5707

Research Focuses: Causes of sleep deficiency, health consequences of sleep deficiency, biomarkers

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Guangqing Chi

Chi

Guangqing Chi

  • Associate Professor of Rural Sociology and Demography and Public Health Sciences
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Office: 112E Armsby Building, University Park

Email: gchi@psu.edu

Phone: 814-63-8245

Research Focuses: Climate change, land use, and community resilience; critical infrastructure/transportation, population change, and population health within the smart cities framework; computational and spatial analysis; spatial demography

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Sy-Miin Chow

Chow

Sy-Miin Chow

  • Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Human Development and Family Studies

Office: 409 BBH Building, University Park

Email: symiin@psu.edu

Phone: 814-867-2131

Research Focuses: Longitudinal and dynamic models, differential equation models, time series models, state-space models, emotion, aging, child development, family dynamics, prevention

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Doug Cowen

Cowen

Doug Cowen

  • Professor of Physics
  • Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics

Office: 104 Davey Laboratory, University Park

Email: cowen@phys.psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-5943

Research Focuses: Particle astrophysics, neutrinos, neutrino detection

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Ismaila Dabo

Dabo

Ismaila Dabo

  • Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Materials Science and Engineering

Office: N-241 Millennium Science Complex, University Park

Email: dabo@matse.psu.edu

Phone: 814-867-4886

Research Focuses: Energy conversion and storage, computational materials science, quantum and multiscale simulations, novel computational methods, materials for electrochemistry, materials for photochemistry, spectroscopy of materials

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Erickson

Seth Erickson

  • Software Curation Librarian
  • ICDS Associate

Department: University Libraries

Office: Research Informatics and Publishing

Email: sre53@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-1580

Research Focuses: Open Science, Scientific Computing, Science and Technology Studies

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Jenni Evans

Evans

Jenni Evans

  • Professor of Meteorology
  • Director, Institute for Computational and Data Sciences
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Meteorology and Atmospheric Science

Office: 509 Walker Building, University Park

Email: Jenni.Evans@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-3240

Research Focuses: Climate, numerical weather prediction, tropical meteorology, tropical cyclones, statistical meteorology, convection studies

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Fast

Stephen Fast

  • Cyber Innovation Strategy Lead
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Applied Research Laboratory

Office: 5300A ARL Building, University ParkElectromagnetic Propagation, Radio Meteorology, RF Modeling and Simulation, EM Computational Techniques, Numerical Modeling, Software Engineering

Email: saf8@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-2425

Research Focuses: Electromagnetic propagation, radio meteorology, RF modeling and simulation, EM computational techniques, numerical modeling, software engineering

 

Wayne Figurelle

Figurelle

Wayne Figurelle

  • Assistant Director

Office: 224D Computer Building

Email: wfigure@psu.edu

Phone: 814-777-2965

 

Karen Fisher Vanden

Fisher-Vanden

Karen Fisher-Vanden

  • Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Agricultural Economics

Office: 113 Armsby Building, University Park

Email: kaf26@psu.edu

Phone: 814-867-2752

Research Focuses: Economic and integrated assessment modeling for climate change policy analysis; economic instruments for pollution control; technology development in developing countries and implications for energy use and carbon emissions

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Eric Ford

Ford

Eric Ford

  • Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • ICDS Co-hire

Department: Astronomy and Astrophysics

Office: 428A Davey Laboratory, University Park

Email: ebf11@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-5558

Research Focuses: Extrasolar planetary systems, planet formation and orbital evolution, detection & characterization of exoplanets, astrobiology, astrostatistics, cyberscience & high-performance scientific computing

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Giles Lee Web

Giles

C. Lee Giles

  • Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
  • Professor of Supply Chain and Information Systems
  • Professor of Information Sciences and Technology
  • ICDS Associate

Department: College of Information Sciences and Technology

Office: 311A IST Building, University Park

Email: giles@ist.psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-7884

Research Focuses: Information retrieval, knowledge extraction and management, and data mining, both for large and small data and information resources

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Ryan Gilmore

Gilmore

Ryan Gilmore

  • Technical Director

Office: 224F Computer Building

Email: reg159@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-1134

 

Susan Hafenstein

Hafenstein

Susan Hafenstein

  • Associate Professor of Medicine, Microbiology, and Immunology
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Office: 500 University Drive, C6862, Penn State Hershey Medical Center

Email: shafenstein@psu.edu

Phone: 717-531-0003

Research Focuses: Cryo-electron microscopy (CryoEM); viral infectivity, tropism, evolution, and pathogenicity

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Kathy Hill

Hill

Kathleen Hill

  • Assistant Professor of Education
  • Associate Director, Center for Science and the Schools
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Curriculum and Instruction

Office: 182 Chambers Building

Email: kathyhill@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-2275

Research Focuses: The development of science and engineering; preparing teachers to incorporate computer science and computational thinking into the K-12 classroom; integrating supercomputer clusters in secondary schools

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Michael Hillman

Hillman

Michael Hillman

  • Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Office: 224A Sackett Buliding, University Park

Email: mzh226@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-0623

Research Focuses: Computational mechanics; extreme events modeling

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Jim Houck

Houck

James Houck

  • Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Penn State Law
  • ICDS Associate

Office: 0235 Lewis Katz Building

Email: jwh32@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-4294

Research Focuses: International and domestic cyber law issues relating to U.S. national security; the international law of armed conflict

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Huang

Yifei Huang

  • Assistant Professor of Biology
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Biology

Office: 514A Wartik

Email: yuh371@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-6829

Research Focuses: Millions of genetic variants have been identified in human genomes and the catalog of genetic variation is still expanding rapidly due to the continual drop of sequencing costs. Understanding the functional, clinical, and evolutionary significance of genetic variants has become a central question in biology and precision medicine. However, it is very challenging to distinguish important variants from neutral ones. Therefore, many genetic variants in patients’ genomes are marked as “variant of uncertain significance”, forming a major hurdle for both basic research and medical practice. I am interested in addressing the problem of “variant of uncertain significance” by unifying evolutionary biology and machine learning. My research is motivated by the insight that evolution operates like a high-throughput mutagenesis experiments: deleterious mutations are quickly purged from populations due to natural selection, which in turn leaves detectable marks on human genomic sequences. I have developed multiple machine learning and statistical frameworks to identify the signatures of deleterious variants from population and functional genomic data. Not only have these computational methods provided useful insights into human evolution but also have been applied to prioritize causal variants associated with human genetic disorders.

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Kandermir Mahmut

Kandemir

Mahmut Kandemir

  • Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
  • Director of Graduate Affairs
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Computer Science and Engineering

Office: 354C Information Science and Technology Building, University Park

Email: kandemir@cse.psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-4888

Research Focuses: Embedded systems, programming languages, compilers, power-aware computing, dependable computing, input/output systems

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Maurie Kelly

Kelly

Maurie Kelly

  • Senior Research Associate, Penn State Institutes of the Environment
  • Director of Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access and Informatics
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Institute for Energy and the Environment

Office: 0117 Land and Water Research, University Park

Email: mck4@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-0104

Research Focuses: Managing and providing public access to data, supporting public access to government information, the intersection of big data and citizen science

 

Daniel Kifer

Kifer

Daniel Kifer

  • Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Computer Science and Engineering

Office: 360 IST Building, University Park

Email: dkifer@cse.psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-1187

Research Focuses: Machine learning applications in areas such as statistical privacy, security, databases, streaming data processing, text modeling, deep learning, and computational social science

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Alexander Klippel

Klippel

Alexander Klippel

  • Professor of Geography
  • ICDS Co-hire

Department: Geography

Office: 204 Walker Building, University Park

Email: klippel@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-2324

Research Focuses: visualizing climate change; immersive analytics; designing environmental decision support systems; immersive learning; storytelling in 360 degrees; digital humanities; place; spatial cognition; wayfinding; embodiment

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Abdullah Konak

Konak

Abdullah Konak

  • Professor of Information Science and Technology
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Information Sciences and Technology

Office: 212 Gaige Building, Penn State Berks

Email: konak@psu.edu

Phone: 610-396-6310

Research Focuses: Modeling, analysis, and optimization of complex systems using computational intelligence combined with techniques from statistics, operations research, and machine learning

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Soundar Kumara

Kumara

Soundar Kumara

  • Allen E. Pearce and Allen M. Pearce Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering

Office: 222 Leonard Building, University Park

Email: skumara@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-2359

Research Focuses: Intelligent systems, sensor data representation and fusion, process data monitoring and diagnostics; smart manufacturing; graph analytics; big data analytics

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John Liechty

Liechty

John Liechty

  • Professor of Marketing
  • Professor of Statistics
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Statistics, Marketing

Office: 409 Business Building

Email: jcl12@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-0621

Research Focuses: Large scale Bayesian computation with application in marketing and finance

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Xiao Liu

Liu

Xiao Liu

  • Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • ICDS Co-hire

Department: Biomedical Engineering

Office: 315 Hallowell Building, University Park

Email: xxl213@engr.psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-4419

Research Focuses: Multi-modal neuroimaging techniques, computational neuroscience, brain activity and consciousness, network dynamics of the brain, neural basis of resting-state fMRI connectivity

 

Greg Madden

Madden

Greg Madden

  • Senior Advisor for Research Computing and Cyberinfrastructure
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Office of the Vice President for Research

Office: N311B Millennium Science Complex

Email: gem19@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-2536

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Patrick McDaniel

McDaniel

Patrick McDaniel

  • William L. Weiss Professor of Information and Communications Technology
  • Director, Institute for Network and Security Research
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Office: W329 Westgate Building, University Park

Email: pdm12@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-3599

Research Focuses: Systems and network security; security policy; networking; distributed systems; public policy; telecommunications security; network management; applied cryptography; privacy

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McKenna

Anne Toomey McKenna

  • Distinguished Scholar of Cyber Law and Policy, Dickinson Law
  • Professor in Practice, Penn State Institute for CyberScience
  • ICDS Co-hire

Department: Dickinson Law

Email: atm19@psu.edu

Phone: 717-241-3508

Research Focuses: Cyberlaw, cybersecurity, data security, data privacy, data breaches, data laws, privacy law, electronic surveillance, federal and state legislation, surveillance technologies, drones (UAVs), body cameras, stingrays (cell site simulators), social media, online data gathering, behavioral targeted advertising, online speech

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Edward O'Brien

O’Brien

Edward O’Brien

  • Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • ICDS Co-hire

Department: Chemistry

Office: 402 Chemistry Building, University Park

Email: epo2@psu.edu

Phone: 814-867-5100

Research Focuses: Ribosome-associated protein folding, macromolecular self-assembly and chaperone interactions in living cells

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Zita Oravecz

Oravecz

Zita Oravecz

  • Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
  • ICDS Co-hire

Department: Human Development and Family Studies

Office: 216 Health and Human Development Building, University Park

Email: zita@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-1546

Research Focuses: Individual differences, process modeling, state-of-the-art statistical approaches, emotion, cognition, Bayesian statistics

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Susan Sinnott

Sinnott

Susan Sinnott

  • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Materials Science and Engineering

Office: 221A Steidle Building, University Park

Email: sinnott@matse.psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-3117

Research Focuses: Computational materials design; chemical modification of polymer and composite surfaces; the influence of grain boundaries, point defects, and heterogeneous interfaces on materials properties

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Hal Smith

Smith

Hal Smith

  • Associate Professor of Information Sciences and Technology
  • Assistant Director of Academic Affairs
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Information Sciences and Technology

Office: 103A Administration Building, Penn State New Kensington

Email: hal.smith@psu.edu

Phone: 724-334-6036

Research Focuses: Component software architectures in the real-time systems domain, data mining, data quality, network science and peer assessment and team-based learning

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Stedelin

Jen Stedelin

  • Senior Director, Strategic Operations

Department: Office for the Vice President of Information Technology

Email: jms1479@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-8209

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Adri van Duin

van Duin

Adri van Duin

  • Professor of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Office: 240 Research East Building, University Park

Email: acv13@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-6277

Research Focuses: Reactive force fields; computational methods in materials; hydrocarbons; all-carbon materials; nitramines; proteins; semiconductors; transition metals

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Don Welch

Welch

Don Welch

  • Chief Information Security Officer at Penn State
  • Affiliate Faculty of Information Sciences and Technology
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Office of Information Security

Office: 0029 Technology Support Building, University Park

Email: djw66@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-3684

Research Focuses: Information security; cybersecurity

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Lingzhou Xue

Xue

Lingzhou Xue

  • Associate Professor of Statistics
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Statistics

Office: 318 Thomas Building, University Park

Email: lxx6@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-1290

Research Focuses: Statistical learning and data mining; high dimensional statistical inference; large scale convex/nonconvex optimization algorithms; statistical analysis of big data, high dimensional data and large scale networks; statistical modeling in health science, information engineering, business analytics and finance

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Qing Yang

Yang

Qing Yang

  • Professor of Radiology, Bioengineering, Engineering Sciences and Neurosurgery
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Radiology

Office: 500 University Drive, H066, Penn State Hershey

Email: qxy1@psu.edu

Phone: 717-531-5856

Research Focuses: High-field MRI; magnetic susceptibility effects on the static magnetic field; dielectric effects on the radio-frequency field; T2* contrast imaging

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Zipp

Katherine Zipp

  • Assistant Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Office: 112-F Armsby

Email: kyz1@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-8247

Research Focuses: Environmental and resource economics; land economics; spatial modeling; non-market valuation

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