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2017 CADRE Conference Speakers      

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Morning Speakers Breakout Session 1
(1:30-2:00 PM)
Breakout Session 2
(2:15-2:45 PM)
Breakout Session 3
(3:15-3:45 PM)
Breakout Session 4
(4:00-4:30 PM)

Dana Brunson -
Opening Address

(Oklahoma State University)

John Towns - Keynote
(University of Illinois, XSEDE, NCSA)

Kelly Gaither - Plenary
(University of Texas, XSEDE, TACC)

Chris Allison (Intel)

Jamene Brooks-Keiffer 
(University of Kansas)
Mark Laufersweiler 
(University of Oklahoma)

Phillip Doehle
(Oklahoma State University)
Jason Henderson
(Oklahoma State University)

Karl Frinkle, Mike Morris & Keith Pearce
(Southeastern Oklahoma
State University)
Jameson Carpenter, Jacob Graham, Nicholas Gauthier, & Nathan Naylor
(Southeastern Oklahoma
State University)

Dan Andresen
(Kansas State University)
Timothy Middelkoop
(University of Missouri)

Cinthya Ippoliti
(Oklahoma State University)
Nicole Sump-Crethar
(Oklahoma State University)

David Monismith Jr.
(Tinker Air Force Base)
Nicholas Oswald 
(Tinker Air Force Base)

Student Panel Session
Jacob Myers (OSU)
Prabhjyot Singh (SWOSU)
Milena Weaver (OU)
Matthew Whitlock (OSU)

Xan Black
(Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance)
Mark Kinders
(Central Oklahoma STEM Alliance)

Tyrrel Conway
(Oklahoma State University)
Charles Chen
(Oklahoma State University)

Mary Larson
(Oklahoma State University)
Kevin Dyke
(Oklahoma State University)
Suzanne Reinman
(Oklahoma State University)

Henry Neeman
(University of Oklahoma)


Phil Alderman
(Oklahoma State University)


Jamene Brooks-Keiffer 
(University of Kansas)
Mark Laufersweiler 
(University of Oklahoma)


Peter Hawrylak
(University of Tulsa)

NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Ceremony



Featured Speakers

Keynote Speaker: John Towns
Topic: "Research IT at Illinois: Establishing Service Responsive to Investigator Needs"

Abstract: Over the past two years, an ongoing effort has been underway to further develop the research support IT resources and services necessary to make our faculty more competitive in the granting process. During this discussion, we will first review a yearlong effort in gathering the needs of researchers and distilling a set of recommendations to address those identified needs. This will be followed by a review of elements of a proposal prepared for campus administration articulating a vision and plan to create a dynamic research support environment in which a broad portfolio of resources, services and support are easily discoverable and accessible to the campus research community.

Bio: John Towns is Deputy CIO for Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Executive Director for Science & Technology at NCSA (the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, also at Illinois).  He is also PI and Project Director for the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) project and Director of the Illinois Campus Cluster Program. Towns plays significant roles in the deployment and operation of high-end resources and services, and distributed computing projects providing leadership and direction in the development and provisioning of advanced computing resources and services. His background is in computational astrophysics utilizing a variety of computational architectures with a focus on application performance analysis. He earned M.S. degrees in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Illinois and a B.S. in Physics from the University of Missouri-Rolla.




Plenary Speaker: Kelly Gaither, Ph.D.

Director of Visualization, Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC)

Bio: Kelly joined TACC as Associate Director in September 2001. She is now the Director of Visualization. She received her doctoral degree in Computational Engineering from Mississippi State University in May 2000, and received her masters and bachelors degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University in 1992 and 1988 respectively. She has over thirty refereed publications in fields ranging from Computational Mechanics to Supercomputing Applications to Scientific Visualization. She has given a number of invited talks. Over the past ten years, she has actively participated in conferences related to her field, specifically acting as general chair in 2004 of IEEE Visualization.





Opening Speaker: Dana Brunson
Topic: "State of CADRE at OSU"


Bio: Dr. Dana Brunson serves as OSU Assistant Vice President for Research Cyberinfrastructure and Director of the Oklahoma State University High Performance Computing Center (OSUHPCC). She is also Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and in the Department of Computer Science, and co-leads the OneOklahoma Cyberinfrastructure Initiative (OneOCII). She earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin in 2005 and her M.S. and B.S. in Mathematics from OSU.






Afternoon Speakers - Breakout Sessions


Topic: "Did you Know? Intel's Contributions to Research Computing"

Abstract: Highlights on Intel's contributions to community and open-source intiatives and their impact on research computing.

Chris M. Allison, Intel

Bio: Chris M. Allison has focused on research computing for more than 15 years. He is an HPC Specialist for Intel's HPC and Accelerators Technical Sales Team. Chris works with universities, labs and industry partners across the country. As a University of Kansas Jayhawk alum, Chris has close ties to the midwest, and he is excited for the opportunity to present the latest updates from Intel for researchers at institutions in the midwestern region.




Topic: "What's So Super About Supercomputing?"

Abstract: Part 1 of this session offers a bare-bones introduction to high performance computing, also known as HPC, supercomputing and many other monikers. CADRE attendees who are new to computing and attempting to learn about researchers' data-intensive work should consider familiarizing themselves with the computing environement often used to conduct that work. Bibliometric analysis, quantitative statistical analysis, and geographic data visualizations are jsut a few examples of computationally-intensive work underway in humanities, social sciences, and other science fields. This session will prepare you to attend subsequent computing-focused breakout sessions without fear!

Part 2 of this session provides CADRE attendees who are new to computing a time and space for discussing and questioning content, terminology, workflows, concepts, or anything else encountered during the day's plenaries and sessions. Jamene and Mark will facilitate this debrief, suggest takeaways and strategies for moving forward, and invite one or two computing professionals to address topics with additional expertise.

Jamene Brooks-Keifer, University of Kansas

Bio: Jamene Brooks-Kieffer brings a background in electronic resources to her work as Data Services Librarian at the University of Kansas. She regularly teaches on data management practices to audiences of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates. She has engaged library professionals in in-person and virtual programs at venues including Electronic Resources & Libraries, Coalition for Networked Information, and a Great Plains Network / Greater Western Library Association webinar series.


Mark Laufersweiler, University of Oklahoma

Bio: Dr. Mark Laufersweiler has, since the Fall of 2013, served as the Research Data Specialist for the University of Oklahoma Libraries. He is currently assisting the educational mission of the Libraries by developing and offering workshops, seminars and short courses, helping to inform the university community on best practices for data management and data management planning. He is the university’s representative as a member of the Software Carpentry Foundation and is an active instructor as well. He is a strong advocate of open source software and open access to data.





Topic: "Leveraging High Performance Computing Resources to Help Tackle an Open Problem in Abstract Mathematics"

Abstract: An open problem in abstract mathematics is finding the lengths and multiplicities of the disjoint cycle decomposition (DCD) of the composition of permutations. Using toplogical arguments, it has been proven that the composition of N cycles can be decomposed into at most N cycles of distinct lengths. However, the topological approach does not yield the actual formulas for the lengths and multiplicites of the resulting DCD's. A completely different approach is required to arrive at the formulas.

To this end, we have written HPC code to compute the DCD of the composition of cycles. This code has evolved over the last two semesters in various ways, each version allowing us to compute DCD's of larger sets of permutation compositions, while at the same time reducing the space required to store them. Our current phase of computational research involves writing HPC code to analyze the large data sets we have created. Of great important is the ability to test conjectures against the data sets. We will detail our experiences and results found thus far and our future goals. 

Karl Frinkle, Associate Professor, Mathematics - Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Bio: Karl Frinkle is an applied mathematician who earned his PhD from the University of New Mexico. He is deeply interested in numerical and computational mathematics, and most recently in high performance computing (HPC). Karl joined the SE Mathematics department in 2005, and teaches a wide variety of classes, from logic for Honors Students, to linear algebra and complex analysis for math majors. He also tries to teach one HPC programming course through the CS department each semester.

Mike Morris, Retired Professor, Computer Science - Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Bio: Mike Morris' degrees are in math, but he has always said he wound up on the business end of a computer. He taught Computer Science (CS) in the early 80s after working as an Operations Research Analyst for Conoco in Ponca City OK. Mike left teaching and spent 15 years doing various things in the CS industry before returning to Southeastern Oklahoma State to once again teach CS, where he remains, even after officially retiring in 2016.

Keith Pearce, B.S. in Computer Science (2016) - Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Jameson Carpenter, (computer science student) Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Jacob Graham, (computer science student) Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Nicholas Gauthier, (computer science student) Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Nathan Naylor, (computer science student) Southeastern Oklahoma State University



Topic: "Birds-of-a-Feather Session: XSEDE Region 4 Campus Champions"

Abstract: The XSEDE Campus Champions program supports campus representatives as a local source of knowledge about local, regional and national High Performance Computing and Cyberinfrastructure information, including XSEDE resourses. Campus Champions Daniel Andresen and Timothy Middlekoop would like to invite everyone - any current Campus Champion, possible Campus Champion, or those who are just curious - to join Region 4 Campus Champions (from AR, KS, LA, MO, NE, OK and TX) to discuss the program, what you can expect to gain from participating, short term and long term goals, and future visions for the program.

Daniel Andresen, Kansas State University

Bio: Daniel Andresen, Ph.D., is a professor of Computing & Information Sciences at Kansas State University and Director of the Institute for Computational Research. His research includes embedded and distributed computing, biomedical systems, and high performance scientific computing. Andresen coordinates the activities of the K-State researching computing cluster, Beocat, and advises the local chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). He is a National Science Foundation CAREER Award winner, and has been granted research funding from the NSF, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and industry. He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, the IEEE Computer Society, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Society for Engineering Education, and has been an XSEDE Campus Champion since 2011.


Timothy Middelkoop, University of Missouri

Bio: Dr. Timothy Middelkoop is the Director of Research Computing Support Services in the Division of Information Technology at the University of Missouri and an Assistant Teaching Professor in the department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at the University of Missouri. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research in 2006 and his M.S. and B.S. from Florida State University in 1998 and 1996 respectively. His research interests include cyberinfrastructure, large-scale (HPC) and multi-core scientific computing, computational optimization, clean energy optimization and control, energy management, integrated design systems, distributed sensor networks, and multi-agent systems. He has industry experience in designing web-based applications and embedded systems. Dr. Middelkoop is a member of the Industrial Engineering honor society Alpha Pi Mu, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), and is a Certified Energy Manager.



Cinthya Ippoliti, Oklahoma State University

Bio: Cinthya Ippoliti is the Associate Dean for Research and Learning Services at the Oklahoma State University Library where she provides administrative leadership for the library's academic liaison program as well as services for undergraduate and graduate students. Previously, she was head of Teaching and Learning Services at the University of Maryland Libraries where she was in charge of the spaces, services and programming offered by the Terrapin Learning Commons as well as coordinating the Libraries' first year instruction program. Cinthya is the co-author of User-centered Design for First-Year Library Instruction Programsand she has presented both in person and virtually at conferences such as Association of College and Research Libraries and Library Orientation Exchange on topics such as discovery-based learning, outreach, technology partnerships and ebook usability.


Nicole Sump-Crethar, Oklahoma State University

Bio: Nicole Sump-Crethar is head of Digital Resources and Discovery Services at the Oklahoma State University Library. She completed her Master of Science in Library and Information Science in 2005 at the University of Illinois. Nicole spent 6 years working at a private law firm library in Chicago before moving to Tucson, Arizona, and taking a position at the Oro Valley Public Library. In 2008, Nicole joined the Digital Library Services department at OSU where she first worked as an assistant professor working with bibliographic management software and open access journal publishing. She has been in her current position for over a year and oversees the library's digitization and metadata, cataloguing and web services teams. Nicole also works closely with the OSU Library Research and Learning Services department on research data services, including consulting on data management plans with faculty. 




Topic: "Radar Cross Sections using the Finite-Difference Time-Domain Method"

Abstract: Large objects, such as ships, anechoic chambers, and aircraft, often require maintenance due to material defects. These defects must be repaired to maintain the desired Radar Cross Section (RCS). To avoid some of this maintenance, we propose to determine defect tolerances by simulating the RCS of such objects using the parallelized Finite-Difference Time-Domain Method (FDTD). Our presentation includes a discussion of the implementation of a parallelized FDTD method with MPI. We then discuss the implementation of parameter sweeps with the FDTD method to investigate the RCS of objects with added defects. Finally, we present preliminary results comparing pristine PEC, Dielectric, and Dielectric-Coated PEC spheres and flat plates to those with simulated defects of varying size.


David R. Monismith Jr., Tinker Air Force Base

Bio: Dr. David Monismith is a computer scientist in the 559th SMXS at Tinker Air Force Base. His current work includes parallelization and parameter sweeps for code to compute Radar Cross Sections using the Finite-Difference Time-Domain Method (FDTD). From 2015 to 2016, Monismith was an independent researcher in the Oklahoma City area. During this time, he worked with Drs. John Shaw and Himadri Chakraborty on an XSEDE allocation entitled, "Computational Simulations of Electronic Motions and Excitations in Nanostructured Surfaces by Ion-Surface and Adsorbate-Surface Charge-Transfer Interactions". From 2012 to 2015, Dr. Monismith was an Assistant Professor at Northwest Missouri State University where he served as XSEDE Campus Champion, Graduate Directed Projects Coordinator, and PI on two U.S. Army subcontracts. 

Dr. Monismith earned his bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Tulane University and both his master's degree in Electrical Engineering and doctorate in Computer Science from Oklahoma State University. His current research interests include parallel algorithms, parallel programming, and optimization of high performance codes. 

Nicholas Oswald, Tinker Air Force Base

Bio: Nicholas Oswald is an Electrical Engineer at Tinker Air Force Base’s SMXG Innovation and High Performance Computing Center. He is currently working as a technical expert/lead of the Radar Cross Section simulation group.

Nicholas graduated with his masters from Oklahoma State University in 2010. He is currently working on a Ph.D. at OSU in Computational Electromagnetics (CEM). His research is to simulate the change in the RCS when a defect (scratch or other aberrations) is applied to an object that is composed of a perfect electric conductor that has been coated with a dielectric surface. Other interests include simulation of electrically large scale objects utilizing techniques applied to the computational domain, or parallelization and GPU acceleration. 




Topic: "How Can Students Take the Reigns with Advanced Computing Resources"

Abstract: As advanced computing and digital resources become more necessary for both undergraduates and graduate students alike, many students are finding ways to become more involved with and more informed about these resources outside of the traditional classroom environment. The student speakers in this session will discuss how they explore these resources through a variety of avenues, including student organizations, conferences, competitions, and workshops, and how they share their experience and knowledge with other students.


Jacob Myers, President of the Information Security & Assurance Club (ISAC)
Junior, Computer Science, Oklahoma State University                                                                  


Prabhjyot Singh, Former president of the SWOSU Computer Club
Member of the Robotics Club and First Tech Robotics (SWOSU)
Student Intern, Blue Waters Student Internship Program at NCSA
Senior, Computer Science, Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU)





Xan Black, Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance

Bio: Xan Black is the Program Director of the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance (TRSA). Xan’s drive, passions, and leadership of the Alliance supports all aspects of STEM education. She aligns the experience and wisdom of community partners with the need of educators and schools. She is responsible for project management, strategic planning, program implementation and more. Xan graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1981. She worked for eight years in the energy industry in Oklahoma. In 2007, Xan earned a Master of Education degree with emphasis in Middle and Secondary School from Southwestern Assemblies of God University. She taught secondary math and science for 11 years at Mingo Valley Christian School.

Mark Kinders, University of Central Oklahoma/Central Oklahoma STEM Alliance

Bio: Mark Kinders, a 31-year veteran of public higher education, is Vice President for Public Affairs at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), serving the 1.5 million residents of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. His responsibilities include federal, state, business and community relations. With a long history of community and public service to his credit, Kinders specializes in facilitating groups into start-up, expanding their influence, guiding strategic planning and assisting in facilitated decision-making. During his time at UCO, he has served as inaugural president of COSTEMA, a collaboration that seeks to improve K-12 STEM education to 150,000 school children in nine school districts in Oklahoma and Logan counties, to include Oklahoma City and Edmond public schools.

Kinders holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, a Master of Arts in History from UWRF, a Master of Public Affairs through the Executive Program at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Arkansas.



Topic: "Flying Below the Radar: Some Unexpected Data Sets for Researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences"

Abstract: As digital humanities and new data visualization techniques become more popular with researchers, many scholars turn to well-known, packaged databases like Project Gutenberg of JSTOR for data sets. What they may not realize is there is a wide range of other resources available that often fly below the radar and are sometimes underappreciated. The speakers in this session will provide information about a few of those data sets and discuss how they can be used for humanities and social sciences research.


Mary Larson, Oklahoma State University

Bio: Mary A. Larson is the Associate Dean for Special Collections at the Oklahoma State University Library and a past president of the national Oral History Association. Much of her research has focused on the intersection of oral history methodology and digital technology, and in 2014, she co-edited the book Oral History and Digital Humanities. Her most recent publication focuses on the mediating influences of different media types in the creation, preservation, and dissemination of oral histories.



Kevin Dyke, Oklahoma State University

Bio: Kevin Dyke is a Spatial Data Librarian at the Oklahoma State University Library. He earned his Master's degree in geography from the University of Minnesota. He oversees the Oklahoma Digital Maps Collection, which is home over to 8,000 maps, and also teaches workshops about web mapping and geographic information systems. OSU Library Map Room




Suzanne Reinman, Oklahoma State University

Bio: Suzanne Reinman is Interim Head, Government Documents, a regional depository library for the U.S. Government Printing Office, and she manages the Patent and Trademark Resource Center at OSU Libraries. Federal government agencies are publishing most of their materials online and are responsible for large data sets, supported at the agency level or at, an open data repository. Government, university, and public interest organizations have been working to ensure that government data is accessible and preserved. DataLumos at the University of Michigan and Data Refuge at the University of Pennsylvania are two programs that are working to preserve federal government data. The Environmental Data and Government Initiatve (EDGI) is also working to archive public environmental data. 






Topic: "Why Storage for Big Data is Hard"

Abstract: The data tsunami is upon us, with "volume, velocity and variety" exploding. As data collections grow, finding affordable mechanisms to preserve these collections is becoming increasingly crucial. This is especially so because extant business models for large-scale, long-term stroage are very challenging under current research funding models, typically because (a) storage costs are impractically high, and/or (b) file owners have to continue paying recurring charges even after the relevant research funding has expired. Among the key issues are: (i) the cost of storing large datasets (ii) over the long term, while making the datasets both (iii) accessible by the owner and (iv) discoverable and accessible by others, while (v) using shorter-term funding, such as a 2-5 year grant, with (vi) minimal recurring costs, providing (vii) multiple copies for resiliency at (viii) minimal costs per TB per copy per year. In this talk, we'll discuss a way to address all of these issues via a combination of an established technology and innovative business model, providing the lowest cost to researchers, over the longest period of time, with the greatest reliability.

Henry Neeman, University of Oklahoma

Bio: Dr. Henry Neeman is the Director of the OU Supercomputing Center for Education & Research (OSCER), Assistant Vice President Information Technology - Research Strategy Advisor, Associate Professor in the College of Engineering, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science at the University of Oklahoma. Neeman co-leads the XSEDE Campus Engagement program, which includes the Campus Champions, with Oklahoma State University's Dana Brunson.

Neeman received his BS in computer science and BA in statististics with a minor in mathematics from the State University of New York - Buffalo (1987) and both his MS in computer science (1990) and Ph.D. in computer science (1996) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Prior to coming to OU, Neeman was a postdoctoral research associate at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at UIUC after having served as a graduate research assistant at both NCSA and the Center for Supercomputing Research & Development.

In addition to his own teaching and research, Neeman has collaborated with dozens of research groups, applying high performance computing techniques in fields such as numerical weather prediction, bioinformatics and genomics, data mining, high energy physics, astronomy, nanotechnology, petroleum reservoir management, river basin modeling, and engineering optimization. He serves as an ad hoc advisor to student researchers in many of these fields. Neeman's research interests include high performance computing, scientific computing, parallel and distributed computing and computer science education. 




Topic: "High Performance Computing Education and Workforce Development: Needs, Hurdles and Solution Approaches"

Abstract: High performance computing (HPC) draws on a number of different educational topics, and the problems HPC is used to solve are often multi-discplinary. Those working in HPC need a breadth of knowledge and depth in core HPC skills for current economic trends that are driving significant growth in the use of HPC resources including: big data, medical informatics, and finite element modeling. Universities and colleges can provide a stream of Bachelor's graduates to fill these openings. However, this can be difficult to fit into a 4-year degree plan unless planning is done early. This talk will address the issues of HPC education and workforce development and faciliate an open discussion of approaches for higher education to prepare the next general of HPC professionals. The talk will include an overview of a new Computer Science/HPC minor at the University of Tulsa and HPC education and possible solution approaches for goals of this program and similar programs at other institutions.

Peter Hawrylak, the University of Tulsa

Bio: Peter J. Hawrylak, Ph.D., received his B.S. degree in computer engineering (2002), his M.S. degree in electrical engineering (2004), and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering (2006) from the University of Pittsburgh. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, with a joint appointment at the Tandy School for Computer Science, at the University of Tulsa. He has published more than 40 publications and holds 13 patents in the areas of radio frequency identificatio (RFID), energy harvesting, and cyber-security. His research interests include RFID, security for low-power wireless devices, Internet of Things (IoT) applications, and digital design. Dr. Hawrylak is a member of the IEEE and IEEE Computer Society, and is currently the Secretary of the Tulsa section of the IEEE. From 2012 to 2013, he served as a chair for the RFID Experts Group (REG) of the Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility (AIM). He received AIM Inc.'s Ted Williams Award in 2015 for his contributions to the RFID industry. Hawrylak is the Publication Chair of the International IEEE RFID Conference, and he is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Radio Frequency Identification Techonology and Applications (IJRFITA) journal published by InderScience Publishers, which focuses on the application and development of RFID technology. Dr. Hawrylak is also the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE RFID Virtual Journal, which provides a single source for high-quality and high-impact publications in the areas of RFID and Internet of Things (IoT).