Meet the Team

Diana Toups Dugas

dianaI’m Diana V.T. Dugas, NMSU’s CyberInfrastructure Architect and a trained plant geneticist, who shifted into bioinformatics.  My first scientific loves were plant microRNAs, which were recognized the same year I started my PhD work at Rice University. They planted my love for all nucleotides, specifically RNA.  Most recently, I worked with the plant species Leucaena to explore the transcriptome with Donovan Bailey here at NMSU.  I have used various HPC/HTCs (High Performance Computer/High Throughput Computer), specifically Stampede and Bridges, both XSEDE resources. I am in the process of becoming an XSEDE Campus Champion, which means I can help familiarize you with the XSEDE resources and get you set up on the systems.

My mission in this grant-funded position is to bring more attention and resources to the need for computational support for researchers on campus, and I answer directly to NMSU’s CIO.  I am here to help researchers decrease technological and computational boundaries in their research, by improving access to both local and national HPC/HTCs, support granting activities, and being a general resource for campus researchers. My position was created to give researchers a louder voice on campus with regards to services and support to aid in research.

Jelena Karapetrovic

jelenaMy name is Jelena Karapetrovic and I am a graduate student in the Department of Civil Engineering, area of Transportation. I work as both Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant. I am a person who does not hesitate to adopt innovative views and technologies, understand them thoroughly and take advantage of them. I have a strong commitment to the engineering career that I have chosen.

Valentine Aduaka

valentineMy name is Valentine Aduaka and I am currently a graduate student pursuing a major in Computer Science. I obtained my Bachelors degree in Information Technology from Methodist University College, Ghana. I have over 3 years of work experience in the field of Information Technology, where I worked as a Network Operations Center Engineer with Broadbased Communications and subsequently, as a Platform Support Engineer in Interswitch Limited, Nigeria.

I joined the HPC team because of the undying passion I have for IT, the knowledge exposure and the innumerable opportunities and skill set it offers, which is an additive to my knowledge quest and advancement in the world of Information Technology.

Edin Sabid

edinI’m Edin Sabic, a graduate student in the Department of Psychology. I graduated from the University of Iowa with a BA in German and Psychology. After moving to New Mexico for graduate school, I received my MA in Experimental Psychology in the Summer of 2017, and am currently a PhD Student.

My research focuses on how people interact with technology. Specifically, I am interested in how to improve interfaces and systems to better suit the end user by conducting research that uses both qualitative and quantitative methods. Outside of my research I am a huge soccer fan and love learning about both natural and programming languages!

Rembrandt Fernandez 

I’m Rembrandt Fernandez, an acting Graduate Assistant (GA) to the CIA team here at NMSU. I’m pursuing my Master of Science in Civil Engineering with a discipline in Structures. I was awarded my Bachelors Degree of Science in Civil Engineering right here at NMSU. My research for my Master’s Thesis involves the usage of Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC) in everyday structures (ex. traffic bridges). Once I graduate with my Masters, I’ll pursue my passion in developing affordable building materials for low-income housing. I have a background in hydraulic and structural engineering internships both in the private and public industry. My expertise in computing involves the use of workbook software that utilizes numerical analysis.

My mission here at the CIA team is to outreach to all corners of our incredible university about the endless possibilities on what super computing can do. That is, to show how the utilization of such a powerful tool can assist with the processing of data (for research or other purposes) and other aspects of number crunching. 

More coming soon…

If you’re interested in joining, please contact me at dugasdvt AT nmsu DOT edu