provides a platform for researchers studying plant diversity and has helped undergraduate biology students complete their honors theses examining factors affecting root growth. (Credit: Cowpea Diversity panel by James Burridge at URBC, South Africa, 2013)

We bring together a variety of different areas of expertise at seven universities to help you and your gateway succeed.

Leadership Team Leadership Team

Associate Director
Scientific Software Collaborative
Texas Advanced Computing Center

Maytal Dahan is the Director of Advanced Computing Interfaces overseeing the Web and Mobile Applications and the Cloud and Interactive Computing groups. She is co-PI of the Science Gateways Computing Institute managing the Scientific Software Collaborative group which leads the development of the <link>Science Gateways Catalog</link>.

Maytal joined TACC in 2002 and throughout Maytal’s career she has been involved in several software projects that develop Science Gateways and backed Gateway supporting infrastructure. She is also the project lead for the XSEDE User portal and manages the User Information and interfaces in XSEDE.

Associate Director
Community Engagement and Exchange
Discovery Partner Institute University of Illinois Chicago
Sandra Gesing is an associate research professor and computational scientist at the University of Notre Dame. Previously, she worked as a research associate at the University of Edinburgh, UK, and at the University of Tübingen, Germany, where she also received her PhD. Additionally, she has extensive experience working as a project manager and developer in industry. Her research interests include science gateways for bioinformatic applications, workflows as well as distributed and parallel computing. She is the founder of the European International Workshop on Science Gateways (IWSG).

Associate Director
Workforce Development
Elizabeth City State University

Dr. Linda Hayden holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics and Education. She is a professor in the department of Mathematics and Computer Science and the Director of the Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Education and Research (CERSER). CERSER works in partnership with federal agencies, other universities and private corporations on education and research projects. She leads workforce development activities for the NSF Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI). Professor Hayden is an NSF Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring and has served on the Advisory Board for NSF Geoscience Division.

She is well known in the community for her STEM outreach efforts including the Celebration of Women in Mathematics, which, since 1995 has each year, brought 400 girls and their teachers to our campus for an exciting day of mathematics competition, hands-on workshops and career seminars.

Her support of undergraduate research training and student professional development is legendary. One research project in which students have been involved resulted in a newly discovered bay in Antarctica being named Elizabeth City State University Bay…. Note, very few institutions have geographic features named in their honor.

Associate Director
Extended Developer Support
Indiana University

Marlon Pierce is Director, Science Gateways Research Center, at Indiana University. Pierce leads distributed systems research into scalable cyberinfrastructure to support computational and data-driven science. 

He investigates the development of science gateway technologies that provide science-centric user services, APIs, and interfaces for advanced computing infrastructure. The focus of this work is to adapt Web- and Cloud-scale distributed systems approaches to the needs of communities of scientific researchers.

Pierce has served as Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator on numerous NSF, NASA, and NIH-funded projects. His Google Scholar profile provides further background on his research work.

Pierce received his Ph.D. from Florida State University in 1998 in computational condensed matter physics. He is a member of the Apache Software Foundation.

Deputy Director
San Diego Supercomputer Center, UCSD
Claire Stirm is the Project Coordinator for the Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI) at the San Diego Supercomputing Center. Claire coordinates the Gateway Focus Weeks, a week-long workshop for research teams, which has had over 220 attendees. She also manages the SGCI Incubator consulting engagements regarding cybersecurity, UX, business, marketing, licensing, and project sustainability.

SGCI Management, Incubator
San Diego Supercomputer Center, UCSD

Michael is the director and Principal Investigator of the Science Gateways Community Institute and director of Sustainable Scientific Software at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. Michael also leads SGCI's Incubator effort, and is Director of HUBzero® Platform for Science and Engineering, and co-PI on the project (a science gateway serving over 1.4 million visitors annually). Michael has previously been a technology company founder or senior team member for 18 years, has worked extensively to apply research in industry, and currently oversees the development and deployment of the HUBzero® science gateway platform, a self-sustaining business unit comprised of 25 full-time professionals.

Steering Committee Steering Committee

Research Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clemson University, Presidential Fellow at Internet2
Retired Head of the NASA Langley Office of Education
Industry Mentor, Advisor in Lean Start Up methods and industry expert for Gerson Lehrman Group
Zooniverse community manager
PI in Integrative BioSciences at the San Diego Supercomputer Center and of CIPRES
Director, Unidata Program Center, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Professor of Practice in Computer Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University
Retired Founding Director of SGCI, San Diego Supercomputer Center, UCSD
Managing Director of Portico