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At the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, IACS is the home for students and faculty who are tackling major challenges in science and the world through the use of computational methods. We train graduate students to solve real-world problems and conduct innovative research by using mathematical models, algorithms, systems innovations and statistical tools. Embedded within a large liberal arts research University, IACS serves as the focal point for interdisciplinary collaborations in computational science at Harvard and the Boston area community.

Click here for a copy of IACS's 2015-16 annual report.

Hanspeter Pfister

Director, IACS
An Wang Professor of Computer Science

Maxwell Dworkin 227
pfister@g.harvard.edu
(617) 496-8269

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Hanspeter Pfister is An Wang Professor of Computer Science and director of the Institute for Applied Computational Science at the Harvard Paulson School. Before joining Harvard he worked for over a decade at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories where he was Associate Director and Senior Research Scientist. He was the chief architect of VolumePro, Mitsubishi Electric's award-winning real-time volume rendering hardware for PCs. Dr. Pfister has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He is the recipient of the 2010 IEEE Visualization Technical Achievement award and the Petra T. Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009. He is co-editor of the first textbook on Point-Based Computer Graphics, published by Elsevier in 2007, and was Technical Papers Chair for SIGGRAPH 2012.

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Cathy Chute

Cathy Chute

Executive Director

Northwest B165
cathy_chute@harvard.edu
617-496-9821

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Cathy Chute is the executive director of the Institute for Applied Computational Science. Cathy's work at IACS focuses on growing IACS connections to industry partners and collaborators across the university. Cathy was previously the Publisher of Harvard Magazine as well as the Executive Director of the Ivy League Magazine Network. Prior to coming to Harvard, Cathy was a director of new business development at the New York Times.

Pavlos Protopapas

Pavlos Protopapas

Scientific Program Director and Lecturer

Northwest B155
pavlos@seas.harvard.edu
(617) 496-2611

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Pavlos Protopapas is the scientific program director at the Institute for Applied Computational Science and a lecturer at the Harvard Paulson School. He has a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn he served as the associate director of the National Scalable Cluster Project (NSCP), one of the initial attempts at large-scale distributed computing on a grid-like model. An active collaborator and mentor in the astrostatistics research community, Protopapas holds a research appointment at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and also served as senior scientist/project leader for the Time Series Center, a project launched by the Harvard Initiative in Innovative Computing. His research interests lie in planetary transits, the outer solar system, photometric variability, microlensing; in computer science he is interested in large databases and data mining in astronomy, with emphasis on feature extraction, anomaly detection, and similarity searches in time series. At IACS he teaches and advises students as a Lecturer in Computational Science. At the Harvard Paulson School, he teaches several courses including: Computer Science 109a- Data Science1 and the CSE Capstone Project course.

Daniel Weinstock

Daniel Weinstock

Associate Director of Graduate Studies in Applied Computation

Northwest B154
dweinsto@seas.harvard.edu
617-496-2599

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Daniel Weinstock is the Associate Director of Graduate Studies in Computational Science and Engineering (CSE). He oversees the CSE master’s programs - running the admissions process, advising the students about courses, developing career focussed programming, and maintaining a network of program alumni. He also advises PhD students in the CSE Secondary Field. Daniel has a PhD in theoretical and computational chemistry from Boston University. Before coming to Harvard, Dr. Weinstock was at Rutgers University - initially as a postdoc working in computational biophysics and later as the Associate Director for Graduate Education at the BioMaPS Institute for Quantitative Biology.

Sheila Coveney

Sheila Coveney

Program Manager

Northwest B160
coveney@seas.harvard.edu
617-384-9091

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Sheila Coveney is the program manager at the Institute for Applied Computational Science. Sheila’s work at IACS focuses on institute events and communications and general student support, including student recruitment efforts. Most recently Sheila was at Stanford University where she worked for the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, helping to implement a new undergraduate breadth requirement. Previously she was department administrator at Harvard’s Freshman Dean’s Office and housing coordinator at Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Natasha Baker

Natasha Baker

Administrative Coordinator

Northwest B162
nrbaker@seas.harvard.edu
617-496-2623

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Natasha Baker is the administrative coordinator for the Institute for Applied Computational Science.  She works with the Institute’s scientific program director to coordinate the IACS seminar series and with the program manager on other institute events, budget tracking and general student support.  She also manages the Institute’s social media outreach.

Previously, Natasha worked as the program coordinator for the Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP) where she co-managed HUNAP’s academic and student affairs programming.  A Massachusetts native, Natasha holds an Ed.M. in higher education from Boston University and an A.B. in African-American Literature from Smith College.

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