Speaker Bios

December 2021 Annual Technology Meeting

As a charitable service-based non-profit organization (NPO) educating and connecting the High Performance Computing (HPC) user community to state of art technology for the purpose of optimizing business processes and workforce advancement. Our technology focus includes AI/Machine Learning, Data Science, Cloud Computing, and Visualization utilized in applications ranging from Energy, Life Sciences, Manufacturing and Engineering, Financial Services, Academia, and Government.

You’re invited!

The Society of HPC Professionals annual technology meeting is a don’t miss event. We have a great lineup of speakers from the HPC & AI community.

Thanks to our event sponsors, this year it will be free for members  (i.e.- it’s a great time to join). Join us!

This year’s meeting will be a hybrid event, with both virtual and in-person options.

 

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Speaker Bios

Addison Snell

Addison Snell

CEO of Intersect360 Research

Addison Snell is the CEO of Intersect360 Research and a veteran of the High Performance Computing industry. He launched the company in 2007 as Tabor Research, a division of Tabor Communications, and served as that company’s VP/GM until he and his partner, Christopher Willard, Ph.D., acquired Tabor Research in 2009. During his tenure, Addison has established Intersect360 Research as a premier source of market information, analysis, and consulting. He was named one of 2010’s “People to Watch” by HPCwire.

Addison was previously an HPC industry analyst for IDC, where he was well-known among industry stakeholders. Prior to IDC, he gained recognition as a marketing leader and spokesperson for SGI’s supercomputing products and strategy. Addison holds a master’s degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

 Jonathan Gardner, Ph.D.

Jonathan Gardner, Ph.D.

Chief, Observational Cosmology Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Dr. Jonathan Gardner is the Chief of the Observational Cosmology Lab at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and the Deputy Senior Project Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope. He leads a group that studies the Universe as a whole, from its dramatic beginnings in the Big Bang, to the mysterious dark energy that will determine its future. The James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, will look backwards in time to find the first galaxies that formed after the Big Bang, to trace their evolution into galaxies like our own Milky Way, and to connect the formation of stars and planets with the history of our own Solar System.

Gardner attended graduate school at the University of Hawaii, earning a Master’s degree and then a PhD in Astronomy in 1992, studying the evolution of galaxies using infrared observations. Following graduate school, Gardner won a NSF-NATO Fellowship to pursue his research at the University of Durham in England. In 1996 he returned to Goddard to work with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph, a camera that was installed on the Hubble Space Telescope in 1997.

Dan Stanzione, Ph.D.

Dan Stanzione, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Texas Advanced Computing Center, UT-Austin

Dr. Dan Stanzione, Associate Vice President for Research at The University of Texas at Austin since 2018 and Executive Director of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) since 2014, is a nationally recognized leader in high performance computing.

He is the principal investigator (PI) for several projects including a multimillion-dollar National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to acquire and deploy Frontera, which will be the fastest supercomputer at a U.S. university. Stanzione is also the PI of TACC’s Stampede2 and Wrangler systems, supercomputers for high performance computing and for data-focused applications, respectively. He served for six years as the co-director of CyVerse, a large-scale NSF life sciences cyberinfrastructure in which TACC is a major partner. In addition, Stanzione was a co-principal investigator for TACC’s Ranger and Lonestar supercomputers, large-scale NSF systems previously deployed at UT Austin.

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  Stanzione received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and his master’s degree and doctorate in computer engineering from Clemson University, where he later directed the supercomputing laboratory and served as an assistant research professor of electrical and computer engineering.
Jakoah Brgoch, Ph.D.

Jakoah Brgoch, Ph.D.

Associate Professor at University of Houston and a PI in the Texas Center of Superconductivity

Prof. Jakoah Brgoch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and a Principal Investigator in the Texas Center of Superconductivity. Jakoah also has a courtesy appointment in the William A. Brookshire Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and he is a member of the Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute. Jakoah completed his bachelors and masters in Chemistry from Illinois State University followed by his Ph.D. from Iowa State University and Ames National Laboratory under the supervision of Gordon Miller followed by postdoctoral research at the University of California, Santa Barbara in the Materials Research Laboratory with Ram Seshadri. Jakoah is now leading a multidisciplinary research group with research topics ranging from the development of persistent luminescent materials for bio-imaging to understanding the mechanical response in superhard materials all through a combination of materials synthesis, characterization, first-principles computation, and machine learning. He has published more than 85 peer-reviewed papers, earned a 2019 NSF CAREER research award, and is a 2020 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Chemistry.

William Magro, Ph.D.

William Magro, Ph.D.

Chief Technologist, High Performance Computing at Google

William (Bill) Magro is Chief Technologist for High Performance Computing at Google, where he drives HPC strategy and customer success for Google Cloud. Prior to Google, he spent 20 years at Intel, where he was Intel Fellow and Chief Technologist for HPC. At Intel, he served as a key strategist and driver for Intel’s HPC business, with a focus on software, solutions, and emerging technologies and trends, including HPC/Cloud and Exascale Computing.

A recognized leader in the InfiniBand industry, Magro helped found the OpenFabrics Alliance and served as InfiniBand Trade Association Technical Working Group co-chair from 2007-2020. Magro has been a prominent voice in the HPC community for over two decades and regularly participates and presents in HPC conferences, advisory boards, and panels.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in applied and engineering physics from Cornell University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Andrea Lovatini

Andrea Lovatini

Digital and Integration (D&I) Division Manager for North America Offshore, Guyana, Trinidad & Caribbean regions at Schlumberger

Andrea Lovatini is Schlumberger’s Digital and Integration (D&I) Division Manager for North America Offshore, Guyana, Trinidad & Caribbean regions. In this role, he is responsible for software products, digital solutions, seismic Multiclient and Geosolutions businesses, integrated drilling and production services. Andrea has a MSC in Telecommunication Engineering, with specialization in Digital Signal Processing, from the Politecnico of Milan, Italy. He started his career working as geophysicist in Geosystem, a geophysical integration company that was purchased by Schlumberger in 2007. There he held various positions, working on Electromagnetic methods, ranging from algorithm-development to field processing, to geophysical consulting. In Schlumberger he has held several technical and managerial roles, both in WesternGeco and in PetroTechnical Services. This has included managing the marine onboard geophysics team and leading the Center of Excellence for Multiphysics. Other areas of responsibility have included R&E, Land acquisition, Data processing and interpretation of multiple geophysical methods, and the seismic reservoir characterization business.

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When he became the Vice President for Geosolutions, his role expanded to include worldwide responsibility for the geoscientists, technologies and services related to all geophysical processing and imaging activities, survey design and modeling, Multiphysics integration, Geoscience and exploration consulting.

whurley  (William Hurley)

whurley (William Hurley)

Founder & CEO @strangeworks

whurley is founder and CEO of Strangeworks, a quantum computing startup that makes the power of quantum computing easily accessible and available to all. He is an Eisenhower Fellow, Innovator in Residence for the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at the Sloan School of Management at MIT, A Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Chairman of the Quantum Computing Standards Workgroup at the IEEE, the first Ambassador to CERN and Society, a regular contributor to TechCrunch on the topic of Quantum Computing, and the co-author of “Quantum Computing For Babies”. Prior to starting Strangeworks he was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs [NYSE: GS]. He came to Goldman Sachs via the acquisition of his second startup, Honest Dollar. Prior to Honest Dollar whurley founded Chaotic Moon Studios which was acquired by Accenture [NYSE: ACN].

Earl Dodd

Earl Dodd

Global Technical Solutions Architect, HPC / Supercomputing at WWT

Earl J. Dodd is World Wide Technology’s Global HPC Business Practice Leader for HPC. Earl provides HPC/HPDA/Supercomputing strategy, technology enablement, business development, and marketing and sales support to WWT’s global enterprises and governments. He helps achieve a customer’s desired ROI by leveraging HPC technology, extreme data in motion, and the Cloud on secure ultra-scale architectures and collaboration environments. This effort drives the next generation of computationally steered workflows in decision support environments for real-time situational awareness and institutional learning. Earl has over 42 years of experience in HPC and Supercomputing and has helped and lead commercial enterprises, professional organizations, and government positions. He is a frequent speaker and expert panelist at national and international trade shows, conferences, and marketing events.