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Katherine Holcomb

Computational Research Consultant

Katherine Holcomb received her PhD in physics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1989 with a dissertation in numerical relativity and cosmology. Since then she has worked in a variety of fields, including relativistic fluids and plasmas and geophysical fluids. She has worked for the University’s Information Technology Services since 2003, first as a member of the Research Computing Support Group and currently as a computational research consultant with ARCS.

Ed Hall

Computational Research Consultant

Ed Hall received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia in 1994. He specializes in signal and image processing applications, optimization algorithms, and high performance computing projects, typically using Matlab or Mathematica. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., he worked for several years in the Biomedical Engineering and Instrumentation Branch of the Division of Research Services at the National Institutes of Health providing support for and collaborating with clinical investigators and biomedical researchers.

Jacalyn Huband

Computational Research Consultant

Jacalyn (Jackie) Huband received her PhD in Computational and Applied Mathematics from Old Dominion University in 1997 and worked with NASA’s Langley Research Center for her research. She joined the ARCS team in 2011. Prior to that, she has had a wide range of experiences, from being a software analyst in industry to teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in mathematics and computer science. Her areas of interest include mathematical models of 3-dimensional objects and data cluster analysis.

Karsten Siller

Computational Research Consultant

Karsten received his doctorate degree in Biology from the University of Tuebingen, Germany. His research has been focused on genetic programs and cellular mechanisms that drive nervous system development. After working for a bioinstrumentation company where he provided hardware and software support for automated light microscopy and image processing, Karsten joined UVA's Biology Department in 2013. As an ARCS computational research consultant, Karsten specializes in bioinformatics computational tools.

Gisoo Park

HPC Systems Specialist

Gisoo joined ARCS in July 2017. Previously, he worked as a project manager and system administrator in the private sector. He is responsible for managing Rivanna and maintaining a secure computing environment for UVA researchers. Gisoo enjoys the challenge of learning new technologies and improving his knowledge of system automation, parallel computing, and research computing security.

Alden Stradling

HPC Systems Specialist

Alden joined the UVA research computing team in July of 2016 to participate in the University's ambitious research computing vision. Prior to that, he spent fifteen years on the ATLAS experiment at CERN, working on data acquisition hardware, particle physics analysis, grid computing development, and worldwide analysis support. There he gained experience in large dataset management and exascale computing. He has a PhD in High-Energy Particle Physics from the University of Wisconsin, and was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Texas at Arlington. 

Adam Munro

HPC Systems Specialist

Adam came to UVA in April 2014 with the goal of providing an easily-managed and scalable HPC environment accessible to all University researchers. He designed Rivanna using best practices he acquired over the course of seven years working as an HPC engineer. Prior to accepting a position at the University, Adam served as Senior HPC Systems Engineer for the PACE supercomputing group at Georgia Tech. He also worked as an HPC engineer for SHARCNET in Ontario. Adam matriculated the University of Waterloo, receiving his B.Math in Computer Science from the prestigious Cheriton School.

David Parsley

HPC Systems Specialist

David has more than fifteen years of experience in higher ed systems and network administration plus three years' experience working as a DevOps engineer in the private sector. In 2016 he joined UVA as a member of the University's Enterprise Infrastructure group where he developed some of the first local cloud-based customer solutions. David joined ARCS in 2018 to pursue his passion for DevOps culture and practices.

Andrew Bell

Communications and Business Operations

Andrew Bell joined ARCS in December 2014. He handles procurement, budgeting, travel, personnel management, communications, public relations, academic events, and engagement with the UVA research community.