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.
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.
Chris joined the Computing team in March 2017. Chris came to SEAS from the University of Oxford, where he was a Digital Projects Manager for the Bodleian Library.
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.
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.
Nishant joined SEAS in June 2017 and is excited about developing computational content for undergraduate courses and teaching computational methods and tools for research. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Wisconsin, Madison developing a multiphysics method for studying electronic transport in graphene. Prior to joining SEAS, he was a Postdoctoral Scholar at James Franck Institute in the University of Chicago, where he simulated the dynamics of laser-illuminated nanoparticles. In an alternate universe, he would have been an entomologist studying insects all around the globe. Nishant can be reached at nsule at seas.harvard.edu.
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.
Jonathan develops web based applications for SEAS staff and faculty. 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.
Kumar is interested in support for courses (teaching and learning) and research computing, in particular massively parallel computing, gpu 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. His current research interests include machine learning and deep learning. 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.
Vittorio works across the portfolio of applications and services provided by SEAS Computing to ensure that the users’ needs are the foremost concern. He is responsible for User Experience (usability, responsiveness and accessibility) research and requirements gathering on new application development projects and service offerings across both administrative and educational audiences. Vittorio is also a key point-of-contact for members of the SEAS Community outside of SEAS Computing, such as faculty, students and administration. He is an expert resource for training and advice on the design, usability, and accessibility of digital products. Vittorio’s interest in teaching has brought him as far as China, where is regularly invited to teach User Experience courses.
Rich is the AV Specialist for SEAS. Prior to SEAS Rich was Media Integration Manager at Pine Manor College, in charge of AV Services, a 3 camera TV studio, and teaching video production courses. A graduate of Seton Hall University in NJ, Rich is also a long time musician who continues to perform in a variety of musical situations. Rich can be reached at rmcgirr at seas.harvard.edu.