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Adam Seishas

Linux Systems Administrator

Email: aseishas@stanford.edu
Adam is well-known to the Stanford community, having spent more than a dozen years on the Service Desk. His primary responsibility in Research Computing is to manage and support the Farmshare and GSB Yen systems.


Addis O'Connor

High Performance Computing (HPC) Systems Administrator

Email: addiso@stanford.edu
Phone: 650-529-5782
Addis is a very hands-on, outgoing linux admin, who loves to network and help users. He came to Stanford from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey and enjoys spending time with family in his spare time. At work, he is one of Nero's primary system engineers, spends a lot of time with GCP, and also manages a variety of other systems.  


Brian Tempero

System Administrator

Email: btempero@stanford.edu
Phone: 650-724-8122
Brian is our HIVE Systems Administrator and specialist. He also manages ICME's HPC, storage and GPU systems.


Darren Travis

SRCF Data Center Engineer

Email: Dtravis@stanford.edu
Phone: 650 319-5881
Darren Travis is one of our facility engineers. He joined the SRCC in 2019 after spending almost seven years with LBRE where he was an HVAC Project Specialist Lead supporting research buildings, labs, and other facilities for almost seven years.


David Parker

Research Software Engineer

Email: davep@stanford.edu
Phone: (650) 743-0299
David is the lead software developer for the SimVascular project.


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Karl Kornel

High Performance Computing (HPC) Systems Administrator

Email:   akkornel@stanford.edu
Phone: 650-736-9327
Formerly a member of the Authentication & Collaboration Solutions (ACS) team in Administrative Systems (AS), Karl provides support for several labs on-campus and is a part-time admin of the FarmShare environment. He is the resident Globus and Puppet person, supports a number of faculty research systems  and is an unofficial liason with other groups in UIT.


Kilian Cavalotti

Technical Lead & Architect, High Performance Computing

Email: kilian@stanford.edu
Kilian is a High-Performance Geek with a passion for putting petaflops together. He often brags about having his 4th system on the first page of the Top 500 list. He also loves to move petabytes around. A lot.


Mark Piercy

Research Computing Technical Liaison

Email: mpiercy@stanford.edu
Phone: 650-721-4040
Mark has been working at Stanford in research and software development for over 15 years.  He has worked at The Genome Technology Center, HighWire Press, J. Craig Venter Institute, the Genetics Department, Stephen Montgomery's group and Vijay Pande's Lab on the Folding@home project.  Mark is also an artist and teaches at the Ceramics Studio here on campus.  Mark helps onboard and support research groups with our HPC systems.


Mark Yoder

Research Software Engineer & Computational Scientist

Email: myoder96@stanford.edu
Mark supports researchers in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences utilize HPC systems.


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Neal Soderquist

Windows Systems Engineer

Email: neals@stanford.edu
Phone: 650-736-8103
Neal is our Windows Systems Engineer and also supports Nero and the Population Health Sciences (PHS) systems. Prior to joining our team, Neal worked with Engineering IT for more than 10 years.


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Randy Melen

Senior Director – Research Computing

Email: randy@stanford.edu
Randy joined SRCC after working for SLAC and Stanford, and University of Waterloo before Stanford. His current role is Senior Director and he welcomes suggestions about how to better support computing for researchers..


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Ruth Marinshaw

CTO - Research Computing

Email:  ruthm@stanford.edu
Phone: 650-736-9372
Ruth mostly goes to meetings, leaving the real work of running lots of stuff and working with the fabulous end-user communities to the rest of the team. Active in various national HPC communities and projects, she is also currently co-chair of the National Science Foundation's Advisory Committee on Cyberinfrastructure.  She spends a lot of time with faculty and campus research IT leaders to learn about current and emerging needs, and welcomes the opportunity to partner with you to evolve cyberinfrastructure (data, storage, visualization, computation, networking and consultation - remember: we are NOT just HPC) services to accelerate research at Stanford.


Scott Prevost

HPC Data Center Manager

Email: sprevost@stanford.edu
Phone: 650-995-4398
Scott has many years experience operating HPC data centers. He has been with Stanford since 2013 when he was hired to manage the Stanford Research Computing Facility (SRCF). Prior to Stanford, he held several HPC facility support positions at NASA / Ames Research Center.


Stephane Thiell

High Performance Computing (HPC) Systems Administrator

Email: sthiell@stanford.edu
Stephane (with a silent e) is a Lustre parallel filesystem specialist, storage guru, system engineer and cluster system tools developer (go check our GitHub!). He also likes to design innovative solutions to address the challenges of Research Computing, such as the Oak "cheap and deep" storage platform. He is active in the international Lustre community and is the go to person for any storage or filesystem oddities.


Taymoor Arif

HPC Sys Admin

Email: t-arif@stanford.edu
Taymoor manages the large complex of systems and storage that comprise the HPC resources for the Stanford Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine, working closely with Karl Kornel.


Valérie Méausoone

Research Data Architect and Consultant

Email: vmeau@stanford.edu
Valérie was originally a user of SRCC compute environments and in particular of Nero, Stanford’s environment for high-risk data. She enjoyed Nero so much that she decided to join the team and help other users get started and oriented with Nero. She has a data manager/analyst background, so she tends to ask a lot of questions to her SRCC peers and hopes to represent common questions from other users.
Ask her for a Nero demo !


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Vanessa Sochat

Research Software Engineer

Email: vsochat@stanford.edu
Vanessa is a Research Software Engineer specializing in system engineering, infrastructure, and cloud development, and creating computational analyses and workflows. She is the primary developer at Stanford for Singularity, and lead developer of Singularity Hub, a framework optimized for deployment of container-based workflows and "science as a service" capabilities. She is active in a number of national communities and initiatives, including ask.ci and Research Software Engineering. Most recently, she initiated an RSE (Research Software Engineer) podcast series to highlight the work of RSEs around the world and to highlight the many ways in which they can help accelerate science.


William Law

 Technical Lead and Architect, Cloud and Platforms

Email: wlaw@stanford.edu
Phone: 650-725-8134
William is interested in applying commodity and web-scale technologies to research and HPC systems.  He loves learning about new and old systems architectures to drive Stanford's research capabilities forward. Much of his time these days is spent with the Nero platform and cloud technologies.


Zhiyong Zhang

Research Software Developer

Email: zyzhang@stanford.edu
Phone: 650-497-4860
Zhiyong is our resident expert in HPC code optimization.


Randy White

Computational Research Technical Consultant

Email: rcwhite@stanford.edu
Phone: 650-304-1933
Randy joined Stanford in late August after 5 years as a Team Lead for the Center for Research and Education on Aging at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs. He stood up a few different clusters, wrote aging-based software simulations, and helped many different researchers within the organization accomplish their computational goals while there. He focuses both on Sherlock user consultation and engagement at Research Computing and on providing system administration for HPC clusters in the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences.