- Intro with Chuck Pavloski, RISE Team Lead
- Presentation of RISE services and facilities: computational research consulting, high-performance computing, data management, software development, training, and some examples of successful projects that RISE has supported or collaborated with in the past.
- Introduction of ICDS seed grants: eligibility criteria, application process, evaluation criteria, and reporting requirements.
- Discussion of research areas and interests: EME faculty to share their current research areas and interests, as well as their challenges and needs. How they envision using RISE services and facilities to support their research. Opportunity to identify potential areas of synergy and collaboration between RISE and the faculty, as well as to address any questions they may have about RISE.
Daniel Otchere | R&D Engineer, RISE (Research Innovation with Scientists and Engineers) Team
Specialties: AI/ML, Reservoir Engineering, Geoscience
Bio: Daniel holds a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia.His expertise includes geoscience, petroleum engineering, and artificial intelligence. He specializes inleveraging advanced computational techniques and machine learning to tackle complex challenges in the energy and environmental sectors. He has experience in reservoir simulation, geophysical processing, fiber optic technology in subsurface monitoring, geothermal energy, and geologic storage.
Justin Petucci | R&D Engineer, RISE (Research Innovation with Scientists and Engineers) Team Lead
Specialty: Computational Physics
Bio: Justin holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Denver. 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. He also has experience applying machine learning (ML) methods to help guide the creation of biophysical models and to analyze electronic health record (EHR) data.
Chuck Pavloski received his Ph.D. in 2005 from Penn State University specializing in Meteorological Remote Sensing. From 1993 through 2005 he was extensively involved in field programs for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) program. This operational scientific field experience combined with the High-Performance Computing (HPC) systems supporting this research led him to become the Director of Meteorology Computing for Penn State Meteorology. In this role, he architected seven HPC clusters spanning a variety of computationally intense scientific problems, including several for the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). His experience also 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. In 2020, he has become ICDS' Research Innovations with Scientists and Engineers (RISE) Team Lead, which is a team of ICDS computational scientists and software engineers linking the power of high performance computing to the wide range of research projects at Penn State. In this time, the team has grown from three members to twelve as a direct result of the needs expressed from Penn State’s research faculty. Chuck has also been involved in numerous national-level programs, including XSEDE as a Campus Champion, chair of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)’s Unidata Strategic Advisory Committee, and most recently as an Executive Steering Committee member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)’s annual Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing (PEARC) conference.