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Research and Grant Activity

The Research IT Team provides support for technical grant writing, and in many cases, staff are included in the grant proposals, especially for grants involving cyberinfrastructure, Major Research Instrumentation or Cyber Training. Successful awards include: 

  • NSF Award #1429783: MRI Acquisition: Multi-Environment Research Computer for Exploration and Discovery (MERCED) Cluster. Read more.  
  • NSF Award #1659210: CC* Networking Infrastructure: Building a Science DMZ Network for University of California Merced. Read more.
  • NSF Award ##1633429: NRT-IGE: Reducing Attrition of Underrepresented Minority and First-Generation Graduate Students in Interdisciplinary Computational Sciences. Read more.

We also provide researchers with templated statements on Facilities and can help develop Data Management Plans through consultations on Research Data Management using the DMP Tool.  


Research Computing Staff

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Jeffrey Weekley is the Director of Research Computing and CyberInfrastructure at UC Merced. In this role, he takes an active leadership role in planning and strategy for Research Computing through active engagement with the campus. He also leads the WAVE Lab, which provides visualization and VR content creation services to the entire campus.

Prior to coming to UC Merced in 2016, he was the Science Engagement Manager for the Research and Education National Network of New Zealand (REANNZ) from 2014-2016. Before that, he held a research faculty position at the Naval Postgraduate School for several decades and a founding faculty of the MOVES Institute. Since 2017, he has chaired the annual CENIC Workshop where members from higher education, K-14 and public educational non-profits gather as a community. Jeffrey is the 2017 recipient of the Innovations in Networking Award from CENIC for the CENIC 10G-connected WAVE, one of the world’s largest walk-in VR facilities. He serves a Planning Commissioner in his hometown of Marina, CA. He is currently enrolled in a PhD program at the Jack Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz. 

 

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Sarvani Chadalapaka is the HPC Administrator with the Office of Information Technology at the University of California, Merced and WHPC’s Mentoring Programme Director. In her current role at UC Merced since 2016, she enables researchers affiliated with UC Merced to use campus-wide and regional HPC resources, as well as managing the hardware and software of the campus cluster called the MERCED Cluster (NSF Award #1429783). As an XSEDE Campus Champion, she participates in Campus Champion information sharing sessions and acts as a bridge between the local campus and XSEDE resources.She is a recipient of Internet2 Inclusivity Initiative Award in Recognition of Carrie Regenstein, UCCSC’s Community Award for Research IT, and has received scholarships by CEE-Broadening Participation Program for travel support to PEARC.

Sarvani holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas-Arlington and a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication engineering from India. She has always been an ardent supporter of WSTEM and also participates in numerous campus community activities, such as the Polynesian dance troupe. 

 

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Matthias Bussonnier is UC Merced’s Research Facilitator. Before joining the Research Computing team, he was a postdoctoral scholar at BIDS working on Project Jupyter.  He received his PhD in Biophysics at Institut Curie (Paris, France) after a training in fundamental Physics at ENS Cachan (France). 

Matthias worked on developing tools for modern computational research across disciplines, with an emphasis on high-level languages, literate computing, and reproducible research. In particular, Matthias has been a core developper of the IPython and Jupyter Project team since 2011 and worked on bringing real-time collaboration to scientific tools. 

 


Committee on Research Computing (CoRC)

The Committee on Research Computing is the main self-governance and oversight body for Research Computing. Known as CoRC, the committee consists of representative faculty from all three schools: Natural Sciences; Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (SSHA), and Engineering. The committee meets quarterly to review the status of the three major components of advanced campus cyberinfrastructure: HPC, High-performance Networking and through its WAVE Steering Committee, Visualization. CoRC Leadership consists of the committee Chair, Vice Chair and ex officio Research IT staff. Leadership meets weekly to review operations, propose policy and set the agenda for the full committee meetings. CoRC is an example of successful self-governance that provides specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound goals for Research Computing on campus.