Two research computing candidate presentations remain

AVP Research Computing Open Sessions Updated DS

Two remaining candidates for assistant vice president of research computing are set to present their ideas for the position at open forums in May.

Faculty, staff and students are invited.

Presentations include:

  • Ralph Zottola, Ph.D., will present from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, in the Cudworth Hall Auditorium.
  • Jill Gemmill, Ph.D., will present from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in the Cudworth Hall Auditorium.

Purushotham Bangalore, Ph.D., current interim director of research computing, presented Monday, April 30.

Dr. Bangalore is a professor of computer science in the College of Arts and Sciences and interim director for research computing in the Office of Vice President for Information Technology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has 25 years of extensive experience in several areas of high-performance computing (HPC), including designing novel HPC algorithms, object-oriented libraries, message-passing middleware, multidisciplinary applications, parallel program synthesis frameworks, scalable and reliable petascale compute and storage systems, and collaborative environments. As the interim director for Research Computing, he is responsible for the design, procurement, deployment, and day-to-day operations of a 468 TFLOPS compute cluster with 6 PB storage system and a high-speed research network.

Dr. Zottola received his doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he remained to serve in multiple roles to develop academic, informatics and research computing infrastructure and services. He then served as chief technology officer for research computing at the UMass Office of the President, where he provided leadership for UMass to develop the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. Zottola has 23 years of progressive IT executive experience. He also has faculty appointments in the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences and the Graduate School of Nursing at UMassMed, where he teaches a graduate biomedical informatics course.

Dr. Gemmill has provided leadership in scientific and high-performance computing; campus and regional network infrastructure and services; federated authentication/authorization technology and infrastructure; data security technology and policy; collaboration technology standards; and scientific visualization. Her innovation has been recognized by multiple industry awards (Data Center Executive of the Year 2008; ESRI Special Achievement in GIS 2003; E-Gov “Best of the Best” Pioneer Award 2002) and she has been a principal on 30 funded awards totaling more than $30 million from funding agencies including the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, DoE, IMLS, and National Parks Service, and UAB Health Services Foundation.

The new assistant vice president of research computing will be UAB’s pioneer and chief architect of UAB Research Computing applications. Reporting to the vice president for information technology and chief information officer, the position will be responsible for creating and managing a team to design, develop and deliver a cost-effective mix of applications, data-analysis platforms and visualization tools running on shared high-performance computing resources across the UAB campus, which is home to the fastest research computer in Alabama.

Last modified on May 11, 2018