Center for Institutional Research Computing Staff
The fastest way to contact the Kamiak team is through our Service Desk. However, if you have other questions about research computing at WSU, feel free to contact the following members of CIRC.
Aurora Clark, Ph.D.
Director of the Center for Institutional Research Computing
Professor Aurora Clark joined the Chemistry Department faculty in 2005 as an Assistant Professor. She received her PhD in Theoretical Chemistry from Indiana University in 2003 and was a Director’s Postdoctoral fellow in the Theory Division of Los Alamos National lab from 2003-2005. Now, a full Professor, Dr. Clark maintains a large research program focused upon the physical properties and reactivity of multi-component liquids and their interfaces. She is the Deputy Director of the Department of Energy, Energy Frontier Research Center on Interfacial Dynamics in Radioactive Environments and Materials, is a member of the Department of Energy Council of the Chemical Sciences Geosciences and Biosciences, and is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Chemical Physics.
Peter Mills, Ph.D.
Peter Mills joined WSU in 2017 and holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Idaho, an MS in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a BA in Mathematics from Duke University. His background focuses on high-level programming languages and models for parallel computing. Before coming to WSU, Dr. Mills conducted SBIR-sponsored research for 10 years for a small company he founded, with an emphasis on distributed computing. He also served as a Research Associate at Duke University for 5 years investigating parallel languages and algorithms for molecular simulation. Dr. Mills has broad experience in software development using Java, Python, and C++ for both commercial and research applications.
Rohit Dhariwal, Ph.D.
Rohit Dhariwal received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2016 and then joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University for his postdoctoral research work. His doctoral and postdoctoral research has focused on particle-laden turbulence, which is important in various environmental and astrophysical problems such as droplet formation in clouds, plankton distribution in oceans and planetesimal formation in the early universe. He uses high-performance computing to simulate and analyze these problems.
Dr. Dhariwal also has extensive experience in developing computational fluid dynamics software and performing large-scale direct numerical simulations of particle-laden turbulent flows on some of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. His research interests lie in high-performance computing and multiphase turbulent flows. He is also the university’s Campus Champion for XSEDE.
HPC Systems Administrator
Roy Obenchain has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington and worked for a decade as a research and testing engineer for companies including Honda and Boeing. After a lifelong interest in computers, he made a career change to Unix computer support at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He spent 10 years supporting data gathering and analysis for international HIV/AIDS clinical trials.
He then moved to the University of Washington department of Genome Sciences to manage their HPC team supporting 700+ compute nodes, 8+ petabytes of storage, and 4+ petabytes of backups. Looking for a more rural lifestyle, he moved to WSU in 2017 to support the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostics Laboratory for the college of Veterinary medicine before moving to CIRC. He brings over 20 years experience in Unix system administration and architecting computer systems.
HPC Systems Administrator
Will Aoki joined WSU from the Natural History Museum of Utah, where he supported office and research computing and built embedded systems for exhibits. Recent projects include monitoring a living microbialite from the Great Salt Lake and creating an electromechanical interactive used for exhibits about wildfires, pigeon breeding, and urban forestry.
He holds a BA in Linguistics from the University of Utah.