People

James H. Waldo chief technology officer

Jim Waldo is the Chief Technology Officer for the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, where he is also a Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science, teaching courses in distributed systems and privacy. He also teaches technology policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Jim received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst). He also holds M.A. degrees in both linguistics and philosophy from the University of Utah.

 


Gabe Abrams instructional technology fellow 

Gabe is excited to be working with SEAS faculty and teaching staff to develop instructional technology. From designing a meeting scheduling system to creating a robot programming platform, he has always passionately pursued instructional technology projects. He holds a B.A. in Physics with minors in CS and Education and a Master's Degree in Computer Science from Cornell University. He can be reached at abrams at seas.harvard.edu.

 


Jonathan Deane systems administrator

Jonathan provides systems administration and helps develop and deliver services to the SEAS community. Jonathan has had experience in various systems administration roles as well as large-scale IT infrastructure projects throughout the US and loves to pursue new technologies in network and systems security. Jonathan has played the viola from the age of four and has performed as well as travelled throughout the US and Europe with string quartets and orchestras while at the New England Conservatory of Music. He can be reached at jdeane at seas.harvard.edu.

 


John Fisher senior systems administrator

John provides systems administration for seas computing including design, setup, operation, and troubleshooting. With a strong interest in programming, he also helps with integration of various computer systems and automation of IT processes. He can be reached at jfisher at seas.harvard.edu.

 


Judith Flo Gaya senior systems engineer

Judith is a Systems Engineer with former job experience in the areas of Linux systems management and HPC. Prior to joining SEAS, Judith lived, worked and studied in Barcelona (Spain), holding positions at the Biomedical Informatics Research Program (IMIM), the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) and the Institute of Predictive and Personalized Medicine of Cancer (IMPPC). She holds a MS in Computer Science from the Faculty of Informatics (FIB) at Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). She is also an accomplished archer.

 


Eleni Angelaki Kaxiras assistant director for educational technology

Eleni holds, with extra care, a Bachelor's Degree in Physics from the University of Crete, Greece, and a MLA with concentration in Information Technology from Harvard Extension School. She oversees technology in the classroom and media at SEAS. Her latest interest is data science, as the Head TF for SEAS' AC297r Capstone course which is part of the Master's program at the Institute for Applied Computational Science.

 


Keshavamurthy "Kumar" Indireshkumar computational scientist

Kumar works part-time for Computing while pursuing other endeavors. He is interested in support for courses (teaching and learning) and research computing, in particular massively parallel computing and science/engineering software support. He received his PhD in Applied Plasma Physics (Magnetic Fusion) from Georgia Tech. He has previously been a researcher in plasma physics, applied mathematics (non-linear dynamics associated with liquid film flows), and Lattice-Boltzmann methods in biomedical engineering. He has more than 15 years of scientific and parallel computing experience. Prior to coming to Harvard, he worked as a computational scientist at the Plasma Physics Lab in Princeton University and at the Mechanical Engineering department and the Center for Academic Computing in the Pennsylvania State University.

 


Patrick King senior software developer

Patrick is a Software Developer with a background in database, web, and software development. After graduating from Princeton with an A.B. in History, he was a Software Test Engineer on the Excel team at Microsoft. He later received an M.A. in History from Washington State University, and then worked for the Social Development Research Group (SDRG) at the University of Washington as a Data Collection Programmer. He was most recently a Program Data Manager at Brigham and Women's Hospital's Center for Community Health and Health Equity (CCHHE) in Boston. He can be reached at patking at seas.harvard.edu.

 


Rebecca Loose partner manager

Rebecca started at SEAS in November 2016 in the role of Partner Manager, overseeing our relationships with Harvard University IT (HUIT) and other partners within and outside of Harvard. She has a BBA in Operations Management and Information Technology from the College of William and Mary. Rebecca came to SEAS after eleven years at Harvard Kennedy School where she was most recently a Project Manager in IT. Rebecca can be reached at rloose at seas.harvard.edu.

 


Rich McGirr a/v specialist

Rich began working at SEAS in August 2013 as AV Specialist, providing AV & video support services. He has a B.A. in Communications from Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Prior to SEAS, Rich was Manager of Media Integration at Pine Manor College and, before that, Director of Local TV Programming for Cablevision Systems. In his "out of work" life, he is a part time musician. Rich can be reached at rmcgirr at seas.harvard.edu

 


Faras Sadek senior systems engineer

Faras is a research scholar from Baghdad University. His current main area of interest is computer virtualization and cloud computing, primarily Amazon EC2. In addition, Faras focusses on database and web services for Academic Computing. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science From Al Nahrain University in 1999, and a Master's degree from the same university in 2002. He has lectured in Computer Science at Baghdad University, and has worked as a programmer from 2002 until 2006. He can be reached at fadel at seas.harvard.edu.

 


Jonathan Seitz web support specialist

Jonathan provides assistance with the SEAS website, faculty OpenScholar sites, and other web-based projects. He joined SEAS in April 2016, after seven years at Harvard's Nieman Foundation for Journalism. He holds a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University and is pursuing a Master's Degree in Digital Media Design from the Harvard Extension School. In his spare time, he is also an amateur photographer and guitarist. He can be reached at jseitz at seas.harvard.edu.


HUIT Help Desk Staff

Robert Heywood senior associate director for platforms and services

Robert joined SEAS in July 2008 and manages the IT Service Desk. He received a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1982. He has experience in Hardware Design, Quality Assurance, Teaching and Information Technology. He began work in IT in 1995 as an IT Manager. In his "outside of work" life, he is an Associate Pastor at New Dimension Church in Providence, RI. He can be reached at rheywood at seas.harvard.edu.

 


Ben Gerber support associate

Ben Gerber is a Support Associate, assisting faculty, staff and students with their computing needs. Prior to working at SEAS, Ben worked as a help desk lead and systems administrator for a mortgage credit processing company. Ben received his BA and MEd. from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. He's interested in emerging endpoint technology—desktops, gadgets, phones and tablets—and where these small and powerful devices will take us in the future. He can be reached at bgerber at seas.harvard.edu.