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High Performance Computing: Building Connections Across Campus

Learn how the High Performance Computing (HPC) team engages with faculty and students who leverage the computational power of the DEAC Cluster to enhance their research and teaching, and promote collaboration, creativity, technological advancement, and academic excellence!

Featured Participants

The HPC Team would like to give their thanks to Dr. Lauren Lowman, Paul Kefer, Ilse Schaeffner, Dr. Ron Thompson, and Dr. Sam Cho for their participation.

Lauren Lowman

Lauren Lowman

Lauren Lowman is an Assistant Professor in the Engineering Department at Wake Forest University and has served in this role since 2018. She received a Ph.D. and M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a focus in Hydrology and Fluid Dynamics from Duke University, and a B.A. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University. Her research investigates how extreme events and affect overall ecosystem health, productivity, and sustainability using numerical models, geospatial data analysis, and field experiments. She is also passionate about developing and sharing inclusive teaching practices in STEM fields and received a 2020 Engineering Unleashed Fellowship from the Kern Family Foundation to support this work.

Paul Kefer

Paul Kefer

Paul Kefer is a senior computer science and mathematical statistics major and neuroscience minor working on computer vision applications for fluorescence microscopy. He has participated in the Intro to HPC Class and/or SC student cluster competition for four years at Wake Forest.

Ilse Schaeffner

Ilse Schaeffner

Ilse Schaeffner is a senior biochemistry and molecular biology major at Wake Forest University. With an interest in the relationship between protein structure and function, she joined Dr. Thomas Hollis’s structural biology lab at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic inspired her to begin a molecular dynamics project to measure the energetic and structural implications of mutations in the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein at highly conserved amino acid residues.

Ron Thompson

Ron Thompson

Ron Thompson is the John. B. McKinnon Professor of Management and Area Chair in the School of Business at Wake Forest University.  Ron has published articles in top Information Systems research journals, and is a former Senior Editor for MIS Quarterly.  His teaching interests are focused on Data Management and Information Technology Management.

Sam Cho

Samuel Cho

Dr. Samuel Cho is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the Departments of Physics and Computer Science. His computational biophysics research group performs and optimizes parallel algorithms on GPUs for molecular dynamics simulations of biomolecular folding and dynamics. He is also the Graduate Director for the MS Program in the Computer Science Department and Co-Director of the Data Science Certificate Program. He received his Ph.D. from University of California, San Diego and B.S. from University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is a member of the Biophysical Society Committee for Inclusion and Diversity.

Meet the HPC Team

Special thanks go to Will Tomlinson for providing our new 3D logo and renders. WFU campus and classroom footage provided by Travis Van Sweden. Portions of the following videos were used in our production:


Presenter Information

Sean Anderson

HPC UNIX Systems Administrator, Information Systems

Sean joined the HPC team in January 2020. His previous research experience helps him maintain the hundreds of scientific software packages that are available to users on the DEAC cluster. You will find him constantly compiling and optimizing codes, running benchmarks and tests, and coordinating with faculty and students about the use of various scientific codes and libraries. He is also a co-instructor on the Intro to HPC course offered by the Computer Science department. Sean obtained his Ph.D. in Optical Science in 2016, and has 10+ years working in scientific research, with emphasis on high performance computing, open software development for data analysis and visualization, material science, and first-principles calculations. Sean obtained his Ph.D. in Optical Science in 2016, and has 6+ years working in scientific research, with emphasis on material science, optical spectroscopy, first-principles calculations, and open software development for data analysis and visualization.

Adam Carlson

Unix Systems Administrator III, Information Systems

Adam Carlson has a degree in Computer Engineering and joined Wake Forest University in 2014. His primary efforts include architecting the DEAC Cluster hardware platform, advancing the configuration automation software used to maintain our servers, and upgrading cluster systems and firmware. He enjoys meeting with students and faculty to provide in-depth cluster training and troubleshooting, as well as providing instruction for the Intro to HPC class. Adam is also a huge advocate for wellness in the workplace and has previously served as the IS Wellness Ambassador. Outside of the workplace, Adam can often be found exercising outdoors, remodeling homes, and enjoying life with his wife, Elizabeth, while raising their three children.

Cody Stevens

Senior Unix Systems Administrator, Information Systems

Cody came to Wake Forest University in 2009 where he earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Computer Science. He worked as the HPC intern in Summer 2014 before becoming a full member of the HPC Team in 2017. He now also holds a position in the Computer Science department, and is the lead instructor for the Intro to HPC course. His primary efforts relate to research and classroom support using Amazon Web Services, and building specific computing environments through software compilation and cloud services. He enjoys working with researchers to learn about their computational needs and discovering new technologies to support research across the University.


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