Chris Hill specializes in Earth and planetary computational science. He is interested in the application of large-scale computation to all aspects of understanding Earth and planetary systems. He was a founding developer of the M.I.T. General Circulation Model (MITgcm), a numerical simulation tool used for a wide range of basic science and applied studies in planetary fluid dynamics. He also helped launch the Earth System Modeling Framework (ESMF), a major open standard for creating multicomponent models of Earth system processes. In both activities he has been active in developing prognostic model and model-data synthesis tools. Recent work has included multi-physics, multi-scale models of fluid problems that have relevance to improved modeling of flows in inhomogeneous porous media. The approaches combine algorithmic ideas, with evolving designs in massively parallel computer systems to allow more accurate fluid simulation at a lower computational cost. The work exploits the ESMF multi-component coupling system to provide a general framework for modeling, in which a hierarchy of models is mapped to a hierarchy of hardware.

Hill co-leads the research, education and outreach committee of the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC). The MGHPCC is a multi-university enterprise in Massachusetts, dedicated to enhancing large-scale computing infrastructure in the area. Hill has worked at MIT since 1993.


Rajiv Shridhar is the director of systems and research infrastructure in Northeastern University’s Information Technology Services division, where he oversees the design and delivery of highly resilient infrastructure services, including data centers, servers, storage, client systems and messaging/collaboration services.  He played a key role in Northeastern’s involvement in developing the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center consortium, and in building their research computing support program.  In addition to providing operational leadership for the Massachusetts Open Cloud initiative, Rajiv serves on the leadership and steering committees for several multi-university initiatives related to high performance computing, security and innovation.
Rajiv received his MS in computer systems engineering from Northeastern University and BE with Honors in electronics and communication engineering engineering from Osmania University, India.  His education includes several leadership programs, including Babson College IT Leadership Consortium and MOR Associates’ IT Leadership Program.  He completed the inaugural Northeastern University Leadership Development Program in 2011.  Rajiv is actively involved with his town’s school system as a passionate advocate for education and the effective use of technology.


Tracy Schroeder joined Boston University as Vice President of Information Services and Technology in July 2009. In that capacity she has responsibility for networking and telecommunications, systems infrastructure, communication and collaboration services, enterprise information systems, teaching and learning technologies, research computing, information security, and client computing support. While at BU, Tracy has worked to improve technology governance and strategic planning, while building IT service management and project management best practices across the organization. She has overseen significant expansion of the campus wireless network, classroom technology upgrades, and the implementation of new information systems for finance, HR, procurement, development and alumni relations, and research administration.  She has collaborated with the VP Research on the creation and development of the multi-institutional Massachusetts High Performance Computing Center, and with the Provost’s Office on the BU Digitial Learning Initiative. Prior to joining BU, Tracy led the Department of Information Technology Services at the University of San Francisco (2002–2009) and served as president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities’ Conference on IT Management (2007–2009). Tracy has a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a master’s degree from the University of San Francisco.

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Keith Moran is the CTO of the University of Massachusetts President’s Office. He is responsible for the technical aspects of the university’s centralized shared services platforms. His responsibilities include mission critical applications in the areas of finance, HR/payroll, student systems, business intelligence, web presence, desktop, helpdesk, email etc. He is responsible for implementation of the University Information Security Policy and Written Information Security Program (WISP). The University program is based on industry best practices, the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, ISO 27001 Code of Practice, and the 20 Critical Security Controls (CSC).
Additionally, Keith has responsibility for the Massachusetts Information Turnpike Initiative (MITI). MITI provides IT services beyond the university to non-UMass entities especially in the higher education segment. Cybersecurity services include assessments, program development, 24×7 security operations center monitoring, incident response, education, training and vulnerability management. Various network related and internet services are also supported including, connectivity across the client enterprise, and connectivity to external entities, e.g., the internet and internet2. Lastly, various infrastructure services include co-location and site backup and recovery,

Prior to joining UMASS, Keith was Vice President, technical services at Fidelity Investments. While at Fidelity for 12+ years, Keith was responsible for building global technology teams and solutions in support of many “start up” initiatives within Fidelity’s Employer Services division. These services were provided to some of the largest companies in the U.S.
Keith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management, from University of Massachusetts. He is a graduate of the Marriot Corp Management Training Program. He was the recipient of the Marriott Most Valuable IT Player award. He attended the University of Maryland’s Master in Information Technology program. He is also a board member for the Boston chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM).


John Goodhue is a business and technical leader with 30 years experience in networking and high performance computing. He has held senior engineering management, general management, and technology leadership positions at established organizations such Cisco and BBN, and has been on the early management teams for several startup companies. John holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Glenn Bresnahan is Strategic Projects Lead for Research Computing Services within Boston University’s Information Services and Technology. Prior to his current role, Bresnahan served as Executive Director of Research Computing Services and Director of Scientific Computing and Visualization, a group founded by Bresnahan in 1988 to support research computing University-wide. Previous positions held by Bresnahan include the Director of Distributed Systems and the Director of Computer Graphics. As an adjunct assistant professor, he has also designed and taught graduate and undergraduate courses in mathematics, computer science, engineering and graphic design in BU’s Metropolitan College, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering and College of Fine Arts. Bresnahan holds a BA in Mathematics from Boston University and a MS in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University.








Azer Bestavros is a Professor in the Computer Science Department at Boston University, which he joined in 1991 and chaired from 2000 to 2007. He is the Founding Director of the BU Hariri Institute for Computing, which was set up in 2010 to “create and sustain a community of scholars who believe in the transformative potential of computational perspectives in research and education.” He is the co-Chair of the Council on Educational Technology & Learning Innovation, which was set up in 2012 to develop BU’s strategy as it relates to leveraging on-line technology in on-campus, residential programs.

Azer Bestavros pursues research in the broad areas of networking and real-time embedded systems. His contributions include pioneering the web push content distribution model adopted years later by industry, seminal work on Internet traffic characterization, game-theoretic approaches to cloud resource management, and safety certification of networked systems and software. As of January 2013, funded by over $18M of grants from government agencies and industrial labs, his research work yielded 17 PhD theses, 4 issued patents, 2 startup companies, and hundreds of refereed papers that are cited over 13,000 times according to Google Scholar. He received a number of awards for distinguished teaching, research, and service, including the ACM Sigmetrics Inaugural Test of Time Award for research “whose impact is still felt 10-15 years after its initial publication” and  the United Methodist Scholar Teacher Award in recognition of “outstanding dedication and contributions to the learning arts and to the institution.”

Azer Bestavros serves as co-chair of the Research, Education, and Outreach Committee of the MGHPCC, and as board member of the Cloud Computing Caucus, a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of industry and key government stakeholders, focused on raising awareness and educating lawmakers and the public on issues associated with cloud computing. He is is the former chair of the IEEE Computer Society TC on the Internet and served on the program committees and editorial boards of major computer science conferences and journals.

Azer Bestavros obtained his PhD in Computer Science in 1992 from Harvard University, under Thomas E. Cheatham, one of the “roots” of the academic genealogy of applied computer scientists.








Minying Lu is a senior in Computer Engineering department and an intern of MOC since February 2015. She is part of Keystone to Keystone Mix and Match Federation project and works on Tempest(OpenStack test suit) related tasks and virtual Hadoop cluster provisioning on OpenStack. She is also a contributor of the Open Source Bigtop project.



Gen Ohta is a junior majoring in computer engineering at Northeastern University. He is currently on co-op at the Massachusetts Open Cloud and is part of the monitoring team. Previously, he worked for the US government and at a startup providing a cloud-to-cloud backup solution for SaaS applications.



Anuj Thakur is Master’s Student in Computer Science at Northeastern University. He was working as a Co-op student at Massachusetts Open Cloud since till May 2016 and then he worked on the Cloud Dataverse collaboration project. He has worked with Evan on the HPC team. Currently, he is working on Cloud Dataverse collaboration project as a Research Assistant.


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