Academic & Research Computing (ARC)
Higgins Laboratories, 234A
- Director, Research Computing
A WPI alumnus with his BS and MS in mechanical engineering, Sia provides vision and leadership in developing strategic plans and policies to guide and manage research computing infrastructure and support at WPI. Sia and his team support and manage research data and high-performance computer clusters to accommodate the expanding WPI research mission and meet federal guidelines for research data management.
In addition, Sia acts as a liaison between the Information Technology (IT) and academic departments concerning IT planning, and support of academic and research missions. His team also leads the area of scientific and engineering application training and support for faculty course development, and student course and project preparation. He coordinates with academic departmental heads, departmental IT staff, faculty, and technical staff to plan, improve, and promote academic computing and technology support. He also negotiates contracts for new academic computing software and maintains a central inventory of software and hardware contracts, licenses, and maintenance agreements.
Higgins Laboratories, AK103
- Senior HPC Systems Integrator
Robert Brown is a Senior HPC Systems Integrator in the Academic and Research Computing Group. He manages WPIs computing clusters and high performance systems supporting research. He works with other members of the ARC team to deliver computing services and help researches utilize the system.
Bob was the Computer Facilities Manager for the WPI Electrical and Computer Engineering Department where managed over 500 workstations, PCs and servers. Prior to WPI, Bob held several senior management and information technology positions at Digital Equipment Corporation and Compaq Computer. Bob holds an MBA from Clark University.
Higgins Laboratories, Room 232
- Academic Computer Applications Scientist
Adriana Hera is a senior scientific applications scientist in the Academic and Research Computing Support Group. She is in charge of developing training programs on scientific/engineering software applications to support the core academic undergraduate and graduate curriculum and research activity. She currently conducts training sessions on Matlab, Mathcad, Ansys, Labview, Comsol, and CES EduPack. Her research interests include structural health monitoring, structural vibrations, system identification, stochastic dynamic systems, and wavelets. She holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from WPI, 2006.
Higgins Laboratories, Room 232
- Research Data Scientist
Raffaele Potami received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Rome “La Sapienza,” Italy (2002). In 2008, he obtained a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. In 2011 he joined the Information Technology department at WPI in the role of research data scientist. In his current position, he provides support to WPI's faculty and students in managing and organizing both structured and unstructured data generated through experiments, by instruments, and computationally.
Raffaele is the main contact person for all NSF-mandated data management plans. He consults with faculty and students, providing guidelines and suggestions on optimal data archiving and retrieving strategies, along with support to PIs for creation of data management plans related to their proposals. He investigates tools to continuously improve the experience of WPI faculty and students with the demanding task of data management, and he also collaborates with Dr. Adriana Hera, providing technical and scientific support to WPI faculty and students.