Staff Directory

The University IT Research Computing Services includes staff members from two areas: Data Science and Analytics and High-Performance Computing. Both areas are under the direction of Ravi Vadapalli, Ph.D., director, Research IT Services.

Director, Research IT Services

Ravi Vadapalli, Ph.D.

Director, Research IT Services, Research IT Services | 940-369-6046 | GAB, Room 109 • Feature Article

Ravi Vadapalli, Ph.D.

Responsibilities: Leadership of Research IT Services, NSF CAC Center affiliate site director.

Interests: Enabling computational research and development, industry-research partnerships, workforce development, cloud and autonomic computing, fundraising for students

Education
Ph.D., 1994, Nuclear Physics, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India
M.S., 2002, Computational Engineering, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Miss.
B.S., 1985, Physics, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India


Research Computing Services Full-time Staff

Richard Herrington, Ph.D.

Statistical Analyst Research Specialist, Data Science and Analytics | 940-565-2140 | GAB, Room 535DA

Rich Herrington

Responsibilities: DSA team lead, research consulting, modeling analyst

Interests: Computational statistics, evolutionary computation, robust statistics, resampling-based inference,  Bayesian inference, big-data frameworks, machine learning methods, latent variable modeling, mixed-effects modeling

Education
Ph.D., 2001, Quantitative Methods, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
M.S., 1996, Experimental Psychology, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
B.S., 1989, Mathematics, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.


Yuguang Ma, Ph.D.

Cross-functional IT Support Analyst, High-Performance Computing | 940-369-6115 | GAB, Room 535

Yuguang Ma

Responsibilities: Network management, system administration, user support

Interests: GPU-enhanced parallel computations, network storage technologies, cloud big data, fast-interconnection networks, scientific algorighm optimization

Education
Ph.D., 2004, Computational Chemistry, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, La.
M.S., 1999, Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
B.S., 1996, Applied Chemistry and Physics, Fudan University, Shanghai, China


Charles Peterson, Ph.D.

Cross-functional IT Support Analyst, High-Performance Computing  | 940-565-3882  |  GAB, Room 535

Charles Peterson

Responsibilities: system administration, research development, training and user outreach 

Interests: Machine learning and Big Data methodologies, nuclear forensic and computational chemistry

Education
Ph.D., 2015, Physical Chemistry, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
B.S., 2009, Chemistry, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas


DaMiri Young

Cross-functional IT Support Manager, High-Performance Computing  | 940-369-7066 | GAB, Room 535

DaMiri Young

Responsibilities: HPC team lead, hardware and software acquisition, integration and testing; IT strategy development and implementation; project management and monitoring staff; user-training coordination; outreach

Interests: Scheduling optimization, cryptography, network security, agent modeling

Education
B.S., 2008, Computer Science, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas


RCS Part-time Staff


Bailu Zhang

Graduate Student Research Assistant, High-Performance Computing | GAB, Room 535

Responsibilities: User support, workshop assistant

Interests:  Biocomputing,  Data Science, Statistical Learning, Machine learning, R, Python, Matlab 

Education
Ph.D., 2024, Computer Science, College of Computer Science and Engineering, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
M.S., 2019, Mathematics, College of Science, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
B.S., 2015, Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences, Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia. 

 


George Mihaila

Graduate Student Research Assistant, High-Performance Computing | GAB, Room 535

Yuguang Ma

Responsibilities: User support

Interests: Machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, computer vision, data mining

Education
Ph.D., 2020, Computer Science, College of Computer Science and Engineering, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
B.S., 2014, Electrical Engineering, Politehnica University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania