What is your role within SGCI and what do you do?
I work in the SGCI Incubator where I serve as an instructor covering Budgeting for the bi-annual Science Gateways Bootcamp, help with management of the Incubator portion of the project, and am involved in the planning process for each Bootcamp.
How did you come to be a part of SGCI, and why were you intrigued by the opportunity?
I became a part of SGCI when Mike Zentner, director of HUBzero and head of the SGCI Incubator, invited me to do so upon taking the Program Manager position with HUBzero. The opportunity was intriguing to me because it is a chance to make a small contribution to a mission focused on improving our society by connecting people and resources to accelerate scientific discovery. It is also exciting to work with people across a broad spectrum of disciplines from whom I can learn a great deal.
What is the most challenging part of your work for SGCI?
My background is in financial management and accounting so getting immersed in a more technology-focused role does present some challenges at times. But my experiences fit well with the Incubator team, particularly with the sustainability focus for the Bootcamps.
How else are you involved in the technology or gateway community?
I am also on the team at HUBzero which is a software platform that has been used as a science gateway itself for well over a decade.
What do you most like to do in your free time?
The majority of my free time is dedicated to my four young children, wife, and dog. When I’m not busy with that I enjoy helping out at my church, smoking meats, sampling a good craft beer, and the occasional hike. Prior to extremely busy home life, I played a lot of golf, attended many Boilermaker football and basketball games, and loved to travel.
If you were a superhero, what superpower would you have?
Since my dream of obtaining my pilot’s license has been put on hold indefinitely, I would have to go with flight.