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Our People

Our people are what make SciNet special.  Let us introduce you to our team.

Scientific Director

Dick Peltier, Scientific Director, SciNet Prof. W. Richard Peltier, FRSC is University Professor and Professor of Physics at the University of Toronto, Director of the Centre for Global Change Science, PI of the Polar Climate Stability Network, and Scientific Director of SciNet. He has long championed the availability of HPC resources in Toronto, in Ontario, and across Canada to power cutting edge research. He has recently won the Herzberg Gold Medal, Canada’s top Science and Engineering prize, as well as the Bower award, which has previously been awarded to such people as Marie and Pierre Curie, Thomas Edison, Orville Wright, and Stephen Hawking.

Technical Staff

 

Chris Loken, CTO, SciNet Dr. Chris Loken, CTO
Chris obtained his doctorate in astrophysics from Queen’s and then held postdoctoral and visiting faculty positions at New Mexico State, University of Missouri and St Mary’s University. Chris has overseen the acquisition and deployment of four generations of clusters of wide ranges of capabilities and sizes.
Dr. Daniel Gruner, CTO-Software
Daniel has more than twenty years’ experience working with a variety of programming languages, parallel computing, scientific modeling, software architecture, and administration and architecture of large Beowulf clusters and large shared-memory parallel computers. He has a doctorate in chemical physics from the University of Toronto.
Dr. Bertrand Brelier, Research Scientist, IBM
Bertrand obtained his PhD in High Energy Physics at the Universite de Montreal and at the Universite Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France. He then worked for the University of Toronto on the ATLAS experiment. He supports SOSCIP projects (Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform) on the BlueGene/Q platform.
Dr. Joseph Chen, HPC Administrator
Joseph is the Systems Administrator of SciNet and the High Performance Parallel Cluster Administrator at the Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS), University of Toronto. He earned his doctoral degree in computer science with magna cum laude at the University of Hamburg, Germany and worked there as research assistant post-doc fellow for three and a half years.
Jason Chong, HPC Administrator
Jason has previously worked for the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) as an Assistant System Manager maintaining various computer systems. He also worked in the software industry as a software developer developing web applications.
Jonathan Dursi, HPC Scientist, SciNet Dr. Jonathan Dursi, Applications Analyst
Jonathan was part of the team that won a Gordon Bell Award, one of supercomputing’s highest accolades, in 2000. He has worked with the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Strategic Computing Initiative, and more recently with the Canadian astronomy community as the co-author of a long-range plan white paper, to design a decadal plan for computing in this data-intensive field. He has taught classes in HPC and technical computing techniques in three countries.
Dr. Leslie Groer, ATLAS
Leslie is the manager of the SciNet Atlas Tier-2 Computing Facility which is part of the Worldwide Large Hadron Collider Computing Grid (WLCG) Dr. Groer has conducted research at the CDF and Dzero high-energy particle experiments at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.
Dr. Neil Knecht, ATLAS
Neil has a background in experimental particle physics. He has worked with the Crystal Ball, BaBar and ATLAS collaborations while performing his research.
Scott Northrup, HPC Analyst, SciNet Dr. Scott Northrup, Applications Analyst
Scott has extensive HPC experience as a software developer, administrator, and systems architect.  His primary research expertise is in computational fluid dynamics, combustion modelling, and large-scale parallel numerical algorithm development.  Scott has an applied mathematics and engineering background with a PhD from the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies.
Jaime Pinto, HPC Storage, SciNet Jaime Pinto, Storage Administrator
Jaime has an Aeronautical Engineering, Computer Science and Commerce background. A seasoned professional, he has a history of successful IT engagements, with focus and dedication to customer service and satisfaction, working for organizations such as Spin Productions, IMAX, RIM, and more recently in a research environment at The Hospital for Sick Children and Mount Sinai Hospital. He has a particular interest on financial models and wealth management strategies.
Dr. Erik Spence, Applications Analyst
Erik received his doctorate in plasma physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has held postdoctoral positions at ETH-Zurich, University of Toronto and Princeton University. His research experience in parallel computation focused on fluid dynamics and magnetohydrodynamics, with an emphasis on liquid-metal experiments.
Dr. Ramses van Zon, Applications Analyst
Ramses obtained his Ph.D. in Physics at Utrecht University, and has worked at the Rockefeller University and at the Chemical Physics Theory Group of the University of Toronto. He has extensive experience with shared memory computing, advanced algorithms for molecular dynamics, and bioinformatics computations.
Dr. Ching-Hsing Yu, HPC Administrator
Ching-Hsing is a computational chemist. He has extensive experience in HPC, ab initio calculations and molecular dynamics simulations.

Administrative Staff

 

Jillian Dempsey, Project Coordinator
Jillian has previously worked as an events coordinator at UofT’s Rotman School of Management and International Relations department. She manages SciNet’s marketing initiatives, public relations and events.
Teresa Henriques, Business Manager
Teresa has over 25 years of administrative experience working at UofT. She is responsible for the administration, budget, payroll and purchasing for SciNet Consortium.