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Chaitan Baru, PhD

Distinguished Scientist, SDSC

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Dr. Baru is a Distinguished Scientist at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), UC San Diego where he works on applied and applications-oriented research problems in scientific data management, database systems, and cloud computing. He has participated in a number of "data cyberinfrastructure", including as Project Director of the Geosciences Network, (GEON); Director, NEES Cyberinfrastructure Center, (NEESit); and, Cyberinfrastructure Lead, Tropical Ecology, Assessment and Monitoring network (TEAM). He was co-PI of the Cyberinfrastructure Testbed for the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) and served as a member of the founding Senior Management Team of NEON. He is currently PI of, co-PI of the CUAHSI Hydrologic Information Systems (HIS), co-PI of CYCORE, Cyberinfrastructure for Comparative Effectiveness Research, and a member of the How Much Information? project.

Baru's research interests are in database systems, scientific data management, cloud computing, and data integration. Prior to SDSC, Baru was at IBM, where he led one of the development teams for DB2 Parallel Edition Version 1 (released Dec 1995). He received his B.Tech in Electronics Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and M.E. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville.


Ron Hawkins

Director of Industry Relations at SDSC

Ron Hawkins is the director of industry relations at the University of California’s San Diego Supercomputer Center, where he is responsible for developing industry partnerships and research collaborations in high performance computing. Mr. Hawkins is a technology industry veteran, having held VP-level management, engineering, and product development positions at companies such as SONY, SAIC, and Titan. Mr. Hawkins’ technology background and interests include high performance and cloud computing, data-intensive systems, microelectronics, embedded and real-time systems, and systems engineering/integration. Mr. Hawkins also volunteers as an entrepreneur-in-residence in the CONNECT Springboard entrepreneurship program, is a consultant or advisor to several early stage technology companies, and serves on the advisory board of the engineering school at the University of San Diego. He received the Master of Information Systems degree from Virginia Tech and the BSEE degree from the U.S. Naval Academy.


David Nadeau, PhD

Computer Scientist, GEON and MIDAS

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Dr. Nadeau is a computer scientist at SDSC/UCSD where he specializes in scientific and information visualization. His animation work visualizing nebula is part of several planetarium shows, and his software tools have been used to visualize data from differing fields as microbiology to geoscience. Written together with John Moreland, he has two published books on 3D computer graphics. Nadeau has a Ph.D. from UCSD in Computer Engineering.


James Short, PhD

Co-Principal Investigator, HMI

Jim Short is Research Director for the Global Information Industry Center (GIIC). His areas of research include information value and IT strategy, business process and business network redesign, IT forecasting and market transparency, and disclosure in technology businesses. His work has been widely published in academic and industry publications.

Jim holds degrees from MIT and was Visiting Associate Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He has held posts at the London Business School (LBS) and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, were he was a Fellow in the Belfer School of Science and Technology. Jim has also taught in the management information systems (MIS) programs at Boston University and the Theseus Institute, Sophia Antipolis, France. He is active in academic and industry professional associations.