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ITS senior director awarded NSF grant for cyberinfrastructure engineer

The National Science Foundation awarded Roger Bielefeld, senior director of research computing and cyberinfrastructure in the Division of Information Technology Services (ITS), a grant to support the hiring of a cyberinfrastructure engineer (CIE). The CIE is part of an emerging program that embeds staff from the university's Research Computing and Cyberinfrastructure (RCCI) unit with key research groups The engineer will work within the NSF program for Campus Cyberinfrastructure: Data, Network, and Innovation.

Cyberinfrastructure encompasses computational systems, data management, advanced instruments, visual environments and people, linked by software and high performance networks to improve research productivity and enable breakthroughs.

The CIE will work closely with Case Western Reserve researchers to understand their needs and guide their use of campus cyberinfrastructure as well as resources at other universities and national supercomputer centers. The CIE will work alongside ITS network engineers to make architectural, design and configuration changes to the existing cyberinfrastructure to better serve the university research community and their collaborators, and to ensure optimal use of cyberinfrastructure resources.

The co-principal investigator on the award is Sue B. Workman, vice president of Information Technology Services and chief information officer.

Co-investigators on the award are Jill Barnholtz-Sloan (Case Comprehensive Cancer Center), Roger French (Materials Science and Engineering), Mark Griswold (Radiology), Jonathan Haines (Epidemiology and Biostatistics), Anant Madabhushi (Biomedical Engineering), Michael Rabinovich (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), Phoebe Stewart (Pharmacology) and Mike Warfe (ITS).

In September 2013, the NSF awarded Bielefeld a grant that funded important upgrades and enhancements to the university's cyberinfrastructure, including a 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps) connection to Internet2, upgrades to 10 Gbps across several buildings in the main quad, and the creation of a "Science DMZ" to facilitate the movement of mass amounts of data within the campus network and between the university and collaborators at other institutions.

The hiring of a cyberinfrastructure engineer, funded by this latest NSF award, will enable Case Western Reserve faculty to optimize their use of these upgrades and enhancements in world-class research.

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