John Towns is Deputy CIO for Research IT for Technology Services at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also PI and Project Director for the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) project and the Executive Director for the XSEDE Project Office at NCSA (the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, also at Illinois) where he is the Director of the Illinois Campus Cluster Program. Towns plays significant roles in the deployment and operation of high-end resources and services, and distributed computing projects providing leadership and direction in the development and provisioning of advanced computing resources and services. His background is in computational astrophysics utilizing a variety of computational architectures with a focus on application performance analysis. He earned M.S. degrees in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Illinois and a B.S. in Physics from the University of Missouri-Rolla.
Director of Research IT – Tracy Smith, Technology Services
IT Architect – Tony Rimovsky, Technology Services
Assistant Director – Tim Boerner, NCSA
Social Media Analytics Lead – Joe Yun, Technology Services
Training Lead – Neal Davis, Teaching Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Portfolio Manager – Laura Herriott, Technology Services and NCSA