Advisory Board

EAC Advisory BoardMeet our board

The EAC Data Science Advisory Board is comprised of regional and national leaders from academia, industry and government to focus the efforts of the new center. The role of this board is to provide input into the latest regional, national and international advances in data analytics and data visualization.  The EAC Data Science Advisory Board Chair is Dr. Mary L. Good, UALR’s Special Advisor to the Chancellor for Economic Development.

DR. MARY L. GOOD / Chair
  • Special Advisor to the Chancellor for Economic Development
  • Founding Dean / UALR College of Engineering & Information Technology
  • Former Under Secretary for Technology for the Clinton¬†Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Former President of the American Chemical Society and Former Senior Vice President for Allied Signal (now Honeywell International)

Currently, Dr. Good serves as a Special Advisor to the Chancellor for Economic Development at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  She is a managing member for the Fund for Arkansas’ Future, LLC. (an investment fund for start-up and early stage companies), past President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), past President of the American Chemical Society (ACS), and an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering. She presently serves on the Boards of St. Vincent Health System, Delta Bank and Trust, and the Methodist Family Health Foundation.

Previously, she served a four-year term as the Under Secretary for Technology for the Clinton Administration in the Department of Commerce, a presidentially appointed, Senate confirmed, position. In addition, she chaired the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Technological Innovation (NSTC/CTI), and served on the NSTC Committee on National Security. Previously she has served as the Senior Vice President for Technology for Allied Signal and as the Boyd Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science at Louisiana State University.

She was appointed to the National Science Board by President Carter in 1980 and by President Reagan in 1986. She was the chair of that board from 1988-91, when she received an appointment by President Bush to be a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

She has received many awards, including the National Science Foundation’s Distinguished Public Service Award, the American Institute of Chemists’ Gold Medal, the Priestly Medal from the American Chemical Society, and the Vannevar Bush Award from the National Science Board, among others. Dr. Good is a member of the Science, Technology and Economic Policy (STEP) Board of the National Research Council of the National Academies where she serves as the co-chair of the Committee for Comparative Innovation Policy: Best Practice for the 21st Century. She is an elected member of the Swedish Academy of Engineering, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Academy of Art and Sciences.

Good received her bachelor‚Äôs degree in Chemistry from the University of Central Arkansas and her master’s¬†and Ph.D. degrees in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She has received more than 20¬†honorary degrees, including from Duke University, the University of Michigan, and Louisiana State University.


MICHAEL ARMISTEAD
  • HP, U.S. Sales Manager, Public Sector Enterprise Group

Michael Armistead is the US Sales Manager for HP’s Enterprise Group Public Sector Inside Sales organization, located in Conway, AR. His organization is comprised of 80 sales reps, managers and support staff who are primarily responsible for selling the entire Enterprise portfolio which is comprised of Servers, Storage, Networking, and Technology Services to all US Federal, State, Local, Higher Ed and K12 customers.

Michael is an US Army veteran who served in the Gulf War. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado and has worked at HP since 2004.

NICK BROWN  
  • President & CEO,¬†Southwest Power Pool

Nick Brown and Southwest Power Pool (SPP) has long been a partner with UALR, working closely with the College of Engineering and Information Technology (EIT) for many years.  He currently serves on the EIT Leadership Council, providing senior business community guidance to the development of the college.  SPP has been actively involved in various development projects with UALR, focused on power engineering and data visualization.

Mr. Brown was elected President and CEO of SPP in 2003. Prior to this position Mr. Brown served SPP members as Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary from 1999-2003; Vice President and Corporate Secretary from 1998-1999; Director, Engineering and Operations from 1993-96; Manager, Engineering Services from 1989-1993; and in several engineering positions since joining the SPP staff in 1985. Mr. Brown began his career as a planning engineer at Southwestern Electric Power Company. A registered Professional Engineer and Master Electrician, Nick is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu engineering honor societies, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the National Society of Professional Engineers.

In North America,¬†SPP is one of nine Independent System Operators/Regional Transmission Organizations (ISOs/RTOs) and one of eight NERC¬†Regional Entities. SPP is mandated by FERC to ensure reliable supplies of power, adequate transmission infrastructure, and competitive wholesale prices of electricity.¬† ISOs/RTOs are the “air traffic controllers” of the electric power grid. ISOs/RTOs do not own the power grid; they independently operate the grid minute-by-minute to ensure that power gets to customers and to eliminate power shortages.¬† Based in Little Rock, Arkansas,¬†and has¬†more¬†500 employees and provides the services to members in nine states: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.


CHRISTOPHER L. CLOVER, PHD
  • Chief Executive Officer,¬†Mechdyne Corporation

Christopher (Chris) Clover has served as President and CEO of Mechdyne Corporation since founding the company in 1996.  Mechdyne operates three divisions: one dedicated to turn-key systems integration; one dedicated to technical services and customer support; and one dedicated to software and information technology application development.

Under Dr. Clover’s leadership, Mechdyne has become the industry leader in data visualization and virtual reality.  Today, the Midwest-based company is recognized as a global technology partner to the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Government research facilities, dozens of Fortune 500 companies, and most leading North American universities.

Dr. Clover earned a PhD in mechanical engineering, and an MBA with a strategic planning emphasis, from Iowa State University.  He earned his MS and BS degrees from Iowa State University, in aerospace engineering.

In 2009, Dr. Clover was awarded a Professional Progress in Engineering Award from Iowa State University, and in 2001 he was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Technology Division, Midwest Region, in recognition of Mechdyne’s achievements.  He is a recipient of the Honeywell Foundation Engineering and Business Fellowship and the Iowa State University Research Excellence Award, in recognition of outstanding research accomplishments in the engineering program.

Dr. Clover is widely published in the areas of robotics, haptic feedback, control system design, vehicle simulation, vehicle handling and maneuvering, rollover, and tire mechanics.


DR. CAROLINA CRUZ-NEIRA
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette, William Hansen Hall BOR Superchair in Telecommunications, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Carolina Cruz-Neira, Ph.D. has special relevance as a member of the EAC Data Science Advisory Board, having earned distinguished recognition as a co-inventor of the CAVE‚ĄĘ (Computer Automatic Virtual Environment) and received the IEEE Virtual Reality Technical Achievement Award in 2007 for her development of the technology. The introduction of the CAVE technology was a seminal event in the history of virtual reality, computer graphics and visualization that has had a profound impact on the development of both the theory and application of virtual environments.¬† Dr. Cruz-Neira serves on numerous boards, including the Academy of Information Technologies and the International Review Board for the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.¬† She was also the former Chief Scientist of the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE) at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

From 2006 until 2008, Dr. Cruz was the founding Executive Director of LITE, a State of Louisiana initiative to support economic development through the use of immersive technologies. Prior to being in Louisiana, Dr. Cruz was the Stanley Chair in Interdisciplinary Engineering and the Associate Director and co-founder of the Virtual Reality Applications Center at Iowa State University (ISU). In 2002, she co-founded and co-directed the Human-Computer Interaction graduate program at ISU.¬† Dr. Cruz-Neira‚Äôs work in VR started with her Ph.D. dissertation: the design of the CAVE‚ĄĘ Virtual Reality Environment, the CAVE‚ĄĘ Library software specifications and implementation, and preliminary research on CAVE‚ĄĘ-Supercomputing integration. She shares the recognition of the Invention of the CAVE with Tom DeFanti and Dan Sandin. Her extensive research has been driven by providing applicability and simplicity to VR technology focusing on software engineering for VR, applications of VR technology and usability studies of virtual environments.


MIKE HODAPP
  • Dillard‚Äôs Inc., Director, eCommerce & Digital Marketing

Michael Hodapp leads the digital marketing, online merchandising and analytic efforts for Dillards.com.  His responsibility includes site content, email programs, online advertising, international ecommerce, search engine marketing, social media and transactional intelligence.

His career has covered both the technical and business aspects of digital marketing, meaning he is able to bridge the gap between the two and make best use of the tools and technology available.  He is a 22 year veteran of Dillard’s and has spent his entire professional career focused on department store retailing.

Hodapp earned his bachelor of science in business administration from Minnesota State University.  A native of Minnesota, he has been employed by` other department stores in Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri.  Michael has lived in Arkansas with his wife and three children for the last 18 years.


DEBBIE GRACIO
  • Director for the Computational and Statistical Analytics Division in National Security, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Operated by Battele

Ms. Gracio joined PNNL in 1990 and is currently the Director for the Computational and Statistical Analytics Division in National Security. Since joining the laboratory in 1990, Ms. Gracio has led the research, development, and management of multiple cross-disciplinary, multi-laboratory projects focused in the basic sciences and national security sectors. Her work has included research and development of integrated computational environments for biodefense, computational biology, computational chemistry, and atmospheric modeling. As the director of the Data-Intensive Computing research initiative, Ms. Gracio was responsible for building a program that identified PNNL as the leader in addressing the challenges of high-throughput streaming data and multi-source analytics focused on problems in both fundamental science and national security domains.

Since joining the Laboratory, Ms. Gracio has been involved in a variety of projects that have aided in developing a broad technical background in computer systems integration, software engineering, scientific computing, large-scale data management, and data acquisition. From 2003-2006, Ms. Gracio was responsible for the Computational Sciences Product Line at PNNL. This portfolio consisted of programs within the DOE, DOD, and Intelligence Community sectors with annual business sales of $20M. From 2000 ‚Äď 2004, Ms. Gracio worked with the leadership of the Biomolecular Systems Initiative to develop a computational biology and bioinformatics portfolio for PNNL. This work has included developing and coordinating a research agenda and roadmap for bridging computational and biological sciences and building enduring collaborations, and business opportunities. From 1995 – 2000, Ms. Gracio was the project lead for the Extensible Computational Chemistry Environment (Ecce), a key capability in the Molecular Sciences Software Suite – the flagship computational chemistry suite for the Department of Energy. From 1990 – 1995, she was responsible for the design, development and management of the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Experiment Center, providing observational data streams and computational model results to climate modelers and researchers across the globe.

Ms. Gracio received a R&D 100 Award in 1999 and a Federal Laboratory Consortium Award in 2000 for the Molecular Sciences Software Suite, a software product which is now deployed to institutions worldwide. In 1994, she was recognized by the DOE with a Certificate of Accomplishment for the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program and in 1989 as the DOE Outstanding Woman in Engineering. Ms. Gracio is currently a Senior Member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers and served on the IEEE Information Systems Strategy Council. Ms. Gracio serves on the executive advisory board for the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University and is a board member of the Columbia Basin College Foundation.


DAVID HOLLENBACH
  • President & CEO,¬†DSoft Technology

David (Dave) Hollenbach is the President/CEO at DSoft Technology, bringing years of experience in modeling and simulation to the Board. He has worked on and led a variety of systems engineering and information technology projects. His domain experience ranges from working on military, civil and commercial sector space-related projects as an engineer/analyst and operator to commercial and government e-commerce projects as a systems engineer and project manager.  One example of his company’s capability is the redevelopment of the SAtellite TRajectory and Attitude Kinematics (SATRAK), a set of integrated algorithms that allows users to study, analyze and evaluate a variety of space and ground-related systems as used in normal or hypothetical activities including space surveillance, satellite tracking and missile tracking.

Mr. Hollenbach graduated with military distinction from the US Air Force Academy in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Mechanics and later received his Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering (emphasis on Reliability and Maintainability, mechanical engineering and systems) from the Air Force Institute of Technology. During his active duty military career, he worked in systems engineering of space launch and information systems, systems analysis, program management, government contracting, space operations (Space Shuttle, Defense Support Program, Global Positioning System, MILSATCOM, and spacelift). Upon separation from the Air Force, Mr. Hollenbach joined Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Inc. as an Associate where he worked on a variety of projects as an engineer and assignment lead on commercial communications satellite systems development, military and civil space system development and operations analysis and IT-related development projects.  In 1998, he co-authored Applied Modeling and Simulation: An Integrated Approach to Development and Operation, published by McGraw-Hill. Other publications include The Pantograph Bridge and Reliability in the Advanced Launch System and presentations for the Military Operations Research Society.

Mr. Hollenbach retired as an Air Force lieutenant colonel with his last assignment being the IMA to the Commander of the Global SATCOM Support Center. Dave is an Air Force Level III Certified Acquisition Professional and holds the Master Space Operator rating. He is a graduate of Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College and Air War College.  Mr. Hollenbach has produced articles published for MORS, SAME, ASME, and the AIAA.


CHARLIE LAMBERT
  • President,¬†SkySentry LLC

Charlie Lambert is the CEO and President of SkySentry, LLC.  A decorated officer, Colonel (Retired) Lambert retired from the USAF in 2003 after 29 years of leading and managing military organizations engaged in challenging operations and staff activities worldwide.  At various points in his long military career, Mr. Lambert served at the Little Rock Air Force Base, including such leadership positions as Commander of the 314th Support Group and Vice Commander of the 314th Airlift Wing.

He founded SkySentry, LLC in 2003 and has assembled a staff with nationally acclaimed experience to investigate, develop and operate high altitude airships for military and civilian applications.¬† Enroute to development of high altitude systems, Mr. Lambert evolved robust capabilities within the company to engineer, integrate and operate aerostats‚ÄĒessentially ‚Äúblimps on strings.‚ÄĚ To complement the use of these systems, SkySentry composed sophisticated modeling and simulation tools to characterize performance of complex communications and surveillance vehicles, payloads, and architectures.

Mr. Lambert speaks at professional forums on military concepts of operations which include talks on airships, ballistic and cruise missile defense. He is a Technical Committee member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and his work has been published in numerous publications including Aerospace America, AIAA Missile Sciences Conference and DISAM Journal.


DR. MELINDA MONTGOMERY

Manager, Transmission Planning, Entergy Arkansas

Dr. Melinda Montgomery is responsible for representing Entergy Arkansas in long-term transmission planning activities to identify and advocate for transmission projects for the local area, regionally and on an interregional basis to ensure Entergy Arkansas customers continue to have access to reliable low-cost energy.  Having worked with Entergy in the areas of system planning, operations and design, Dr. Montgomery has a keen focus on data collection and analysis and their importance to the electric utility industry.

Innovation in assessing the needs of Entergy’s customers now and in the future provide a range of potential opportunities for collaboration with the UALR George W. Donaghey Emerging Analytics Center.  Dr. Montgomery is pleased to serve in her important new role in the Data Science Advisory Board.

Dr. Montgomery has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA and is an active member of regional and national electric industry groups including the IEEE Power Engineering Society and most recently serving as the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s Performance Assessment Subcommittee Vice Chair.


DR. PHIL MUI
  • Chief Product & Engineering Officer,¬†Acxiom Corporation

With more than 15 years of experience in game-changing product creation, execution and innovation, Dr. Phil Mui is well known for his contributions in the world of marketing analytics and product marketing and engineering. He has worked for some of the world’s most innovative and well-known technology companies, and brings that knowledge to Acxiom.

Phil is a visionary yet proven innovator who is uniquely qualified to help Acxiom jump the curve ‚Äď and the competition. He works closely with Acxiom senior leaders and our renowned client roster to develop and implement technologies that will change the business of marketing as we know it.

Prior to joining Acxiom, Phil led the strategy formulation and execution of Google Analytics in his role as group product manager at Google. He also led the development of an annotation infrastructure that underlies Google+, Google Maps Reviews and Ratings and Google Bookmarks, among other Google products.

Phil has also served in leadership roles at the Stanford Functional Genomics Facility, Oracle Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, Lycos and a London-based display advertising startup.

Phil has a Ph.D., M.Eng., and S.B. (EECS) from MIT where he was a Whitaker Fellow, Harvard/MIT Health Sciences and Technology Fellow, and National Institute of Health Fellow.  His dissertation in MIT’s Laboratory for Computer Science was on multi-agents modeling of social networks.  He also has an M.Phil. (Management) from Oxford University where he was a Marshall Scholar.  Phil is a member of the following honor societies: Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi.


T. GLENN PAIT, MD, FAANS, FACS
  • Director / University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences / Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute
  • Director / UAMS Center for the Athletic and Aging Spine
  • Professor / UAMS Dept. of Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic Surgery

T. Glenn Pait, M.D., is director of the Jackson T. Stephens Spine and Neurosciences Institute, director of the Center for the Athletic and Aging Spine, and a professor in the departments of Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery at UAMS.  He has been actively engaged in developmental research with UALR’s Virtual Reality Center for years, having pioneered advanced and immersive 3-D imaging for large scale spinal models using actual patient MRI data.

Dr. Pait grew up in central Florida, and graduated from the University of Florida, Gainesville, in 1973 with a degree in Psychology.  He received his medical degree from The George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C., in 1981 and completed his residency in Neurological Surgery at The George Washington University Medical Center in 1987.  He was on the faculty of The George Washington University Medical Center and West Virginia University before joining the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences faculty in 1994.

Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery in 1991, Dr. Pait is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves and the Joint Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care, the North American Spine Society, the American Medical Association and the Arkansas Medical Society.¬† Dr. Pait is the Host of the UAMS radio program, ‚ÄúHere‚Äôs To Your Health‚ÄĚ, which is broadcast on National Public Radio stations across Arkansas, and is a medical correspondent for KTHV-TV in Little Rock.


DR. WILLIAM RADUCHEL
  • Senior Technology Executive

WILLIAM J. RADUCHEL is a strategic advisor to DMGT and Naspers Ltd.  and a director of Silicon Image, ePals, LiveIntent and Virident.  He teaches corporate strategy at the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University.  From June of 2006 until June 2011 he was chairman of the board at Opera Software ASA where he had earlier been a director since 2005.  From March of 2004 through June 2006, he was the Chairman of the Board of Ruckus Network, a digital entertainment network for students at colleges and universities over the university network, and from May 2004 through January 2006 he also was chief executive officer.

Through 2002 he was executive vice president and chief technology officer of AOL Time Warner,Inc, after earlier being senior vice president and chief technology officer of AOL, where he also served as a strategic advisor after leaving AOL Time Warner. Infoworld named him CTO of the year in 2001. Raduchel joined AOL in September 1999 from Sun Microsystems,Inc.,where he was chief strategy officer and a member of its executive committee. In his eleven years at Sun, he also served as chief information officer,chief financial officer, acting vice president of human resources and vice president of corporate planning and development and oversaw relationships with the major Japanese partners. He was recognized separately as CIO of the year and as best CFO in the computer industry. In addition,he has held senior executive roles at Xerox Corporation and McGraw-Hill,Inc.

He is a member of the Conference of Business Economists and the Board on Science,Technology and Economic Policy of the National Academy of Sciences. He was the chair of the Committee on Copyright and Innovation in the Digital Era which reported on May 2, 2013.  He was a member of the National Academy Committee on Internet Navigation and Domain Name Services and of the committee which produced A Patent System for the 21st Century.   He served from 2000 through 2009 on the National Advisory Board for the Salvation Army, ending as vice chairman and chairman of its Committee on Business Administration.    He rejoined the board in 2011.

He has fifteen issued and several pending U.S. patents.   After attending Michigan Technological University, which gave him an honorary doctorate in business in 2002, Raduchel received his B.A. in economics from Michigan State University in 1966, and earned his A.M. (1968) and Ph.D. (1972) degrees in economics at Harvard.  In both the fall and spring of 2003 he was the Castle Lecturer on Computer Science at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.


DR. THOMAS C. REDMAN
  • President of Navesink Consulting Group

Dr. Thomas C. Redman,‚Äúthe Data Doc,‚ÄĚ is President of Navesink Consulting Group. He has helped hundreds of organizations understand the importance of data and start their data programs, which result in big sustained improvements.¬† In doing so, they lower costs, increase revenues, build organizational capabilities, improve customer satisfaction, and make more confident decisions. Tom is an internationally known lecturer and the author of dozens of papers.¬† His fourth book, Data Driven:¬† Profiting from Your Most Important Business Asset (Harvard Business Press) is a Library Journal Best Business Book of 2008. He holds two patents. Prior to forming Navesink, in 1996, Tom started and led the Data Quality Lab at Bell Labs. There, he and his team were first to extend quality principles to data and information.

WILLIAM SLIKKER, JR., PH.D

Director, National Center for Toxicological Research

Dr. William Slikker, Jr., is the Director of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) in Jefferson, Arkansas.  He received his Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of California at Davis in 1978.  His career with FDA began in 1978 at NCTR.

Some of his activities include:

  • Adjunct Professorships in the Departments of Pediatrics and Pharmacology & Toxicology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Served as President of the Society of Toxicology (SOT) for the 2012-2013 term
  • Currently serves as Associate Editor for NeuroToxicology, Toxicological Sciences, and American Journal of Neuroprotection & Neuroregeneration
  • Currently a member of the Editorial Board for Reproductive Toxicology and CNS & Neurological Disorders-Drug Targets
  • Past Treasurer of SOT
  • Past President of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences.
  • Board member of the Arkansas Biosciences Institute
  • Member of the FDA/NCTR/Arkansas MOU Task Force
  • Co-founder and past President of the MidSouth Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Society
  • Held committee chairmanships or elected offices in several other scientific societies including the Teratology Society (serving as President); the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (Chair, Developmental Pharmacology Section and member of the Program Committee)
  • Has also served on several national/international advisory panels for HESI/ILSI, CIIT Centers for Health Research, EPA, NIEHS, NAS, NIH, and WHO.

Dr. Slikker has authored or co-authored over 340 publications in the areas of transplacental pharmacokinetics, developmental neurotoxicology, neuroprotection, systems biology, and risk assessment.


GRANT TENNILLE
  • Executive Director, Arkansas Economic Development Commission

Grant Tennille, former¬†Deputy Chief of Staff to Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, serves as the Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. A native of Florida, Tennille graduated in 1992 from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, before moving to Arkansas in 1992 to work as a reporter for the¬†Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He later worked as a communications assistant in the Arkansas Governor’s Office and at the Game and Fish Commission from 1996 to 1998.

In 1998 he worked for The Thompson Group, a telecommunications consulting firm, as manager of its Denver, Colo., office before joining Qwest Communications International Inc. in 2001 as Senior Director of Public Policy Planning and Advocacy.  In 2004, Tennille was named vice president of a start-up company, The Distribution Point in Birmingham, Ala.  He returned to Arkansas to join the office of Gov.Mike Beebe.

In his career, he has provided business and strategic counsel to companies of all sizes Рfrom Fortune 500 corporations to small start-ups. His strong interest in UALR’s George W. Donaghey Emerging Analytic Center led to his selection as a member of its Data Science Advisory Board, and demonstrates the economic development focus that AEDC will provide the new center.


DR. HENRY TUFO
  • Director / Computational Science Center
  • Full Professor / Dept. of Computer Science
  • Affiliated Faculty / Dept. of Applied Mathematics

Currently, Dr. Tufo is a Full Professor of Computer Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder and founding Director of the Computational Science Center, whose mission is to explore the intersection of high-performance computing, emerging architectures, and high-productivity computing. Dr. Tufo’s has made contributions to a broad array of areas including high-performance and high-productivity computing, scientific application development, parallel algorithms and architectures, high-order numerical methods, scalable solvers, cluster and cloud computing, and immersive visualization. Since coming to Boulder he has raised over $10 million in external funding and spearheaded efforts to create a unified cyberinfrastructure for the universities and research laboratories in the Front Range.

To this end, Dr. Tufo has led several high-end computing efforts, including bringing one of the world’s first IBM BlueGene systems to Boulder in early 2005, being project manager and principal architect of the Janus supercomputer (#31 on the June 2010 Top500) and its co-designed facility, and leading the effort to create a high-performance research network for the campus.

Previously, Dr. Tufo served as Computer Science Section Head at the National Center for Atmospheric Research where he directed their computer science research, ran the technology tracking and experimental systems programs, and managed NSF TeraGrid operations for the institution. He was also a member of the development team for HOMME, a high-order dynamical core development environment, team leader for its discontinuous Galerkin, non-hydrostatic, and multi-species transport development, and lead designer of a service oriented architecture for Grid-BGC, an end-to-end gird-based solution for terrestrial ecosystem modeling. Before coming to Boulder, Dr. Tufo was a member of the DOE ASC Center for Astrophysical Thermonuclear Flashes at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, where he was co-developer of NEK5000, a state-of-the-art code for simulation of unsteady incompressible flows in complex geometries, and code architect for FLASH, an adaptive mesh refinement reactive flow code.

Dr. Tufo has an extensive track record of serving the computational science community. He is a member of the Boulder Campus Cyberinfrastructure Board, the NSF XSEDE Resource Allocation Committee, and, previously, the Microsoft Technical Computing Executive Advisory Council and the VCR’s Interdisciplinary Computational Science and Engineering Initiative Steering Committee. He has had leadership positions with or served on the program committees for various conferences including IEEE Cluster, LCI, ICCS, ICS, TrustCom, IET International Conference on Frontier Computing, etc.

Dr. Tufo received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Mathematics from Brown University, his M.S. degree in Mathematics from the University of Vermont, and his bachelor’s degree in Physics from Duke University. He is the author of over 80 technical publications and is a two-time recipient the IBM Faculty Award for research excellence and the Gordon Bell Prize for demonstrated excellence in high-performance and large-scale parallel computing.


ADWAIT WALIMBE
  • Senior Strategy Manager / Walmart

Mr. Walimbe‚Äôs service on the EAC Data Science Advisory Board is linked to Walmart‚Äôs prominence in data science. Mr. Walimbe previously served as Vice President of Technology for the Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA), Program Manager at Microsoft, Software Analyst at the Mayo Clinic, and the Founder of SocialDecks. The BDPA Foundation‚Äôs website refers to Mr. Walimbe the ‚Äúfuture face of technology.‚ÄĚ


DR. MICHAEL ZYDA
  • Founding Director / USC GamePipe Laboratory
  • Professor of Engineering Practice / USC Department of Computer Science

Dr. Michael Zyda the Founding Director of the USC GamePipe Laboratory, and a Professor of Engineering Practice in the USC Department of Computer Science. At USC, he founded the joint games program (now part of USC Games) and took that program from no program to the #1 Games program in the world in five years. His alums have shipped games played by over 660M players.

From Fall 2000 to Fall 2004, he was the Founding Director of the MOVES Institute¬†located at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey and a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at NPS as well. From 1986 until the formation of the MOVES Institute, he was the Director of the NPSNET Research Group. Professor Zyda’s research interests include computer graphics, large-scale, networked 3D virtual environments and games, agent-based simulation, modeling human and organizational behavior, interactive computer-generated story, computer-generated characters, video production, entertainment/defense collaboration, modeling and simulation, and serious and entertainment games. He is a pioneer in the following fields – computer graphics, networked virtual environments, modeling and simulation, and serious and entertainment games.

He holds a lifetime appointment as a National Associate of the National Academies, an appointment made by the Council of the National Academy of Sciences in November 2003, awarded in recognition of ‚Äúextraordinary service‚ÄĚ to the National Academies.¬† He is a member of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. He served as the principal investigator and development director of the America‚Äôs Army¬†PC game funded by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. He took America‚Äôs Army from conception to three million plus registered players and hence, transformed Army recruiting. The creation of the America‚Äôs Army game founded the serious games field. He co-holds two patents that form the basis for the 9-axis sensor in the Nintendo Wii U.