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ICS Domain Experts

Get Help With Your Computational Research

Need some advice on programming or computing technology? Get assistance from someone with deep familiarity with your research field! ICS Domain Experts are researchers who combine knowledge of a particular domain with software engineering and HPC experience.

ICS Domain Experts can help you with various things such as: code debugging and optimization, parallelization, building a science gateway, visualizing your data effectively, consulting on methodology, or serving as a Co-I on a proposal.

Meet Our Domain Experts

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Diego Menéndez – Parallelization


Diego holds a master’s degree in Software Engineering and specializes in refactoring research codes using parallelism as the driver for performance. He has delivered maintainable software for projects in different disciplines including the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. In his role of Campus Champion for Penn State, he facilitates access to XSEDE resources across the nation.

Diego Menéndez

Chuck Pavloski – Computational Earth Sciences / RISE Team Lead


Chuck holds a Ph.D. in Meteorology from Penn State University. He has extensive operational scientific field experience and
is the former computing director for Penn State Meteorology where he architected seven HPC clusters spanning a variety of computationally
intense scientific problems. His experience includes the optimization of earth system, meteorological, climate, geophysical modeling
and the analysis of ground and satellite based remote sensing. He also has a wide variety of experience designing solutions for scientific
workflows spanning a variety of other computationally intensive disciplines.

Chuck Pavloski

Justin Petucci – Computational Physics


Justin holds a master’s degree in Physics (currently a PhD candidate). His area of expertise is in computational solid state and surface physics where he utilizes atomistic simulation methods such as Molecular Dynamics (MD), Molecular Statics (MS), Equilibrium and Kinetic Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MC, MCMC, GCMC, KMC), and Density Functional Theory (DFT) to probe material properties and processes.

Justin Petucci

Danying Shao – Computational Biology


Danying holds a Ph.D. in Biophysics from the University of California, San Diego, and a B.S. in Physics from Peking University. She specializes in computational biology, data science, and web applications. She has worked on a wide range of projects, including cell signaling, cell motility, next-generation sequencing pipelines, labor management, and institutional research.

Danying Shao

Greg Von Kuster – Science Gateways for Big Data Research


Greg has been working in computational research for 30 years. He is a founding developer of the Galaxy science gateway project and the Galaxy Tool Shed, the world’s first biomedical app store. An expert in building science gateway environments, Greg has worked on projects in a range of fields, including entomology, plant genomics, epigenetics, ChIP-exo analysis, and coral research.

Greg Von Kuster