WestGrid's ability to serve and support research across Western Canada is powered by 53 “Team Members” / FTEs employed in systems administrator and/or user support roles at WestGrid’s member institutions through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Major Science Initiatives (MSI) project. They are hired, evaluated, paid and directed by their institution. Although they do not officially report to WestGrid or Compute Canada, they may receive direction from Compute Canada National Team Leads, the Compute Canada Chief Technology Officer, the WestGrid Executive Director or the WestGrid Director of Operations.
WestGrid Team Members bring a diverse range of expertise supporting computational science, including specialties in large data transfer, bioinformatics pipelines, information privacy, digital humanities and scientific visualization. The team's academic backgrounds are just as varied, spanning the sciences as well as specialties in Epidemiology, Meteorology, Archaeology, English Literature, Philosophy and Game Theory.
Members of WestGrid's technical team have consistently either won or been nominated by the user community for Compute Canada Awards of Excellence, which annually celebrate and recognize exceptional advanced research computing support and expertise.
Compute Canada Awards of Execellence 2016 Winners.
From left to right: Dugan O’Neil (Compute Canada), Weiguang Guan (SHARCNET),
Maxime Boissonneault (Calcul Québec), Minh-Nghia Nguyen (Sherbrooke University),
John Simpson (University of Alberta / WestGrid) and Mark Dietrich (Compute Canada)
Part of a National Team
WestGrid's Team Members are part of Compute Canada’s nationally distributed network of experts (~200 FTEs). These local support personnel are Compute Canada's greatest strength, as they work close to the researchers they serve and provide Compute Canada and the regions with a unique understanding of the Canadian research community. These front-line staff play an essential role in delivering local training, outreach, and other user support interactions.
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