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.
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.
Katherine is a researcher at the University of Michigan School of Information and a freelance facilitator of workshops and retreats with a focus on collaboration, creativity, and improvisation.
This institute is based on the recommendations of a prior study she conducted with Nancy Wilkins-Diehr, looking at factors that influence science gateway success. From 2008-2012, she also managed special projects and community engagement initiatives at the Office of Research Cyberinfrastructure (within the U-M Office of the VP for Research, now called ARC: Advanced Research Computing), including Cyberinfrastructure Days. She also designed and taught SI 422: "Evaluating Systems and Services," an undergraduate Informatics course about usability and user experience design.
When she is not working at the University of Michigan, Katherine facilitates retreats, workshops, and focus groups for organizations and departments and gives presentations on creativity, improvisation, and collaboration. In the past, she worked as a moderator for management webinars at Harvard Business Publishing and volunteered on the Board of Directors of the Ann Arbor Learning Community, a K-8 public charter school. She is the co-author of Creativity at Work: Developing the Right Practices to Make Innovation Happen with Jeff DeGraff.
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.
Juliana Casavan is the Entrepreneurial Programs Manager for the Purdue Foundry and Operations Manager of The Anvil, a student-run coworking space. As part of the founding team at the Foundry she provides clients with workshops, seminars and educational opportunities such as ideation, business model evaluation and customer discovery. As the operations manager of The Anvil she is responsible for guiding the student leadership team and providing workshop opportunities for Purdue students and community entrepreneurs.
Prior to her role at the Foundry, she worked in the Purdue Research Park of West Lafayette and worked with startup companies in the incubation space. During her tenure at the foundation, she was a client services coordinator assisting companies with administrative support. She also helped launch and coordinate the Purdue Research Park Entrepreneurship Academy and provides continuing support to other universities to develop entrepreneurial academies of their own.
Casavan studied musical theatre at Ball State University and holds a degree in business management from the University of Phoenix. She is a six-year member of the International Business Incubation Association and helped win the 2010 Innovation of the Year for the Purdue Research Park Entrepreneurship Academy. She is certified in the Lean LaunchPad methodology and “So what? Who cares? Why you?” methodology. She has been providing workshops at Purdue for over five years and has been with the foundation for 10 years.