CHPC Leadership Announcement

Posted: September 4, 2013

After over twenty years of leading the Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC) at the University of Utah, Julio Facelli will step down as director of the Center, effective October 1, 2013, in order to focus on his administrative and research responsibilities in the Health Sciences Center. He will remain professor and vice chair in the department of Biomedical Informatics. In addition, he will continue to serve as director of the Biomedical Informatics core within the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS).

Under Prof. Facelli's leadership, CHPC has played a critical role in providing advanced computational services to a number of researchers across campus. Major research projects supported include the CCTS, the Institute for Clean and Secure Energy, the Flux network and systems research group in the School of Computing, the Utah Genome Project, and the Utah/Wyoming EPSCoR CI-WATER project. Notably, CHPC's reputation for service and its collaborative approach have assisted in attracting many leading computational science and engineering faculty members to the University. From 2003 to 2004, Prof. Facelli chaired the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation (CASC), the national affinity group of over seventy campus high performance computing centers. His long affiliation with CHPC will continue as a research user of CHPC's services and in a new role as senior scientific advisor.

Dr. Steve Corbato, the University's deputy chief information officer, will serve as the interim director of CHPC until the permanent director is named. He has an extensive background in experimental astrophysics, advanced networking, and research cyberinfrastructure. Dr. Corbato holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the School of Computing and also serves as an active NSF principal investigator, reviewer, and advisor. Concurrently, Corbato and Prof. Thomas Cheatham of Medicinal Chemistry are co-chairing a CHPC futures subcommittee of the Research Portfolio within the new campus information technology governance structure.