Meet the Focus Week Instructors


Michael Zentner

Michael is the director and Principal Investigator of the SGCI and director of Sustainable Scientific Software at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. Michael also leads SGCI's Incubator effort, is Director of the 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.

Claire Stirm

Claire Stirm is the Incubator Deputy Director for the Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI) at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. Claire coordinates the Gateway Focus Weeks, a week-long workshop for research teams, which has had over 400 attendees. She also manages the SGCI Incubator consulting engagements regarding cybersecurity, usability, business, marketing, and project sustainability.

Juliana Casavan

Juliana is a program designer and facilitator and teaches others how to build and implement strategies for success.

Currently, she is a program manager for MatchBOX Coworking Studio, the leading coworking space in Greater Lafayette, Indiana, where she coaches local startups and entrepreneurs through strategic planning and product development.

Prior to joining MatchBOX, Juliana was a founding member of the Purdue Foundry, an internationally recognized leader in university startups and technology transfer. During her time, she created Firestarter, the premier startup workshop of Purdue University, leading over 500 teams of researchers and students through the ideation process.

Mark Krenz

Mark is the Lead Security Analyst at Indiana University's Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research with over two decades of experience in information security and system administration spread across multiple sectors. His interests at CACR include policy development, operational security development, security auditing, and security education. He contributes to the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, which partners with SGCI.

Nancy Maron

Nancy is founder and principal of BlueSky to BluePrint, a strategic research and consulting organization. She is the author of several research reports and guides on business strategy and sustainability including A Guide to the Best Revenue Models and Funding Sources for your Digital Resources (2014), Sustaining the Digital Humanities: Host Institution Support Beyond the Start-up Phase (June 2014) and many case studies of sustainable initiatives. She created and regularly leads workshops in sustainability and business strategy, including the Sustaining Digital Resources course.

Paul Parsons

Paul is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue University. Dr. Parsons’ research is in the area of human-computer interaction (HCI) with a focus on interaction design, visualization, and cognition. He is interested in designing interactive systems that are useful, effective, and usable. He teaches several classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the User Experience (UX) Design program at Purdue University.

Nate Snodgrass

Nate is a Technical Project Manager for HUBzero® at University of California, San Diego. Nate oversees the business operations of HUBzero® as well as managing the group’s project portfolio and the lead client relationship manager. After graduating from Purdue University in 2002, he worked in private industry at General Electric as a financial analyst before returning to his alma mater in 2006 to work in various financial management roles within the central Information Technology organization and the College of Health and Human Sciences.