Meet the Team

Jim MacDonald, Research Support Service Owner

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I have bachelor’s of science degrees in Chemical Engineering and Computer Science. I’ve worked for CSE since 1983; CEMS and IMA (1983-89), AHPCRC (1989-94), CS and CSE (1994 to present).

Favorite Past Work Project

Working with US West, Minnesota Supercomputer Center, AHPCRC, and CS&E on an experimental study of extended HiPPI connections over ATM networks. This project allowed me to work with two experimental networks and integrate them into workstations and routers. This testbed resulted in a paper published in the Proceedings of IEEE INFOCOM '96. Conference on Computer Communications.

Interests

  • Biking
  • Cooking
  • Fishing
  • Golf

Specialties & Expertise

  • High performance networks and storage
  • IT systems integration 

Chad Sullivan, Research Support Consultant

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I have a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota. Previously, I worked for the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications from 2012-15 and joined CSE-IT in 2015.

Favorite Past Work Project

Working to align identity management for Computer Science and Engineering, Physics and Astronomy, and the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications with the University identity management systems. Retiring old systems including department email, storage, and services.

Interests

  • Mountain biking
  • Bike wrenching
  • Camping
  • Grilling
  • Vintage Volkswagens

Specialties & Expertise

  • Computer networking and administration
  • Storage
  • Working with CSE researchers to modernize computer technologies

Joe Finnegan, Research Support Consultant

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I have a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Minnesota and am currently pursuing a B.A. in Computer Science also here at the U. Other certifications include: Business Analysis Certificate from CCAPS, Full-stack Web Development Certification from CCAPS, and ITIL Foundations. I began my career at the University in multimedia production in 2013 and moved to OIT to work in user support in 2015. I joined CSE-IT in 2017. 

Favorite Past Work Project

Administering the NVIDIA DGX-1 deep learning system to support MARSLab research on machine learning methods for computer vision and advanced image processing. This solution brings together elements from OIT, NVIDIA, as well as CSE to provide a unique on-premise deep learning environment. The team has been able to publish 6 papers already and their research continues.

Interests

  • Building computers
  • Cooking
  • Outdoor activities
  • Virtual reality

Specialties & Expertise

  • Hardware building and repair
  • Systems administration
  • Multimedia production recording and live streaming
  • Custom hardware and software solutions
  • GPU systems