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Faculty Advisory Committee formed to guide Research Cyberinfrastructure

A five-member faculty advisory group has been formed to serve as points-of-contact for the Research Cyberinfrastructure program at the university. The advisory group will facilitate communication between faculty users of research computing and the RCI team; work with the RCI team to build the user base for research computing and cyberinfrastructure; and provide faculty-sourced advice on priorities for future university investments in research computing. 

RCI works in partnership with the Offices of the Provost, Research, and Information Technology to engage faculty and researchers across multiple colleges and campuses to help define and execute the research mission of the University of South Carolina. RCI works with researchers to improve their project performance and secure computing resources. 

Members of the advisory committee include:

  • Qi Wang, (Chair) - CAS Distinguished Professor, Mathematics, College of Arts & Sciences
    Thrust Area Leader for Theory, Modeling and Simulation, USC NanoCenter 777-6268
  • David Miller - Carolina Distinguished Professor, English Language & Literature, College of Arts & Sciences, Director of Center for Digital Humanities, (803) 777-4256
  • Sean Norman - Associate Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, Arnold School of Public Health, Director of Molecular Microbial Ecology Lab, (803) 777-0940
  • Travis Knight - Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing, Director of Nuclear Engineering Program 777-1465
  • Homay Valafar - Associate Professor, Computer Science & Engineering, College of Engineering & Computing, Director, Bioinformatics Core, SC INBRE Program,(803) 777-2404

Faculty are encouraged to contact any Faculty Advisory Committee member with questions. The RCI group can also be contacted directly at

Vice Provost Harry Ploehn, Ph.D. said, "I am very grateful for the service of these faculty members. They will play a key role in helping shape the university's efforts in Research Cyberinfrastructure. Their advice will be invaluable."

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