Research Computing and Cyberinfrastructure

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Research Computing and Cyberinfrastructure directs the development, planning, evaluation and management of the strategic vision of IT research support efforts and create an enabling environment for emerging research technologies across disciplines. In addition, this office develops and manages local IT research support teams and coordinates research technology support efforts within SIU. Information Technology added Rustomji “Gi” Vania as Deputy Director of Research Computing & Cyberinfrastructure on July 1, 2013.

According to Vania, he will aid in securing external technology resources for use by campus researchers, direct the development and enhancement of research facilities and develop consulting skill sets in various technologies needed to support local researchers. He says, “This position will allow the IT Department to provide professional, efficient system administration, user support and training, as well as present findings, status and planning considerations to local and external institutions.” 

The new area of expertise within Information Technology will allow the development and management of student research support efforts. Vania will also work with university administrators, governmental bodies and the general public.