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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 a focal point for interdisciplinary collaborations in computational science and data science at Harvard and the Boston area community.

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Efthimios Kaxiras

Faculty Director, IACS
John Hasbrouck Van Vleck Professor of Pure and Applied Physics

Lyman 339
kaxiras@physics.harvard.edu
(617) 495-7977

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Efthimios Kaxiras is John Hasbrouck Van Vleck Professor of Pure and Applied Physics and director of the Institute for Applied Computational Science at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

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Pavlos Protopapas

Pavlos Protopapas

Scientific Program Director and Lecturer

Maxwell Dworkin G109
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.

Rachel Schutt

Rachel Schutt

Education Program Director and Lecturer

Maxwell Dworkin G107B
rschutt@seas.harvard.edu
(617) 998-1468

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In July, 2017, Dr. Rachel Schutt joined as the Education Program Director of IACS. Formerly, Rachel was the Chief Data Scientist at News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS) where she oversaw the company-wide data strategy as part of the senior technology leadership team. Rachel was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2015, and is on the 2014 Crain's New York Business 40 under 40 list. She has expertise in the areas of corporate data strategy, data science; and data science education and curriculum design.

She is the co-author of the book "Doing Data Science" based on a class she created and taught at Columbia University, and is a founding member of the Education Committee for the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering at Columbia. Previously, Rachel was a statistician at Google Research and holds patents based on her work in the areas of social networks, large data sets, experimental design and machine learning. 

She earned her PhD in Statistics from Columbia University, a Masters degree in mathematics from NYU, and a Masters degree in Engineering-Economic Systems and Operations Research from Stanford University. Her undergraduate degree is in Honors Mathematics from the University of Michigan. 

Earlier in her career, Rachel was a high school math teacher in San Jose, California; a math curriculum expert as part of a team of editors and writers at the Princeton Review; and an analyst at a boutique consulting firm in Silicon Valley.

At IACS, Rachel is helping to launch the new master’s of data science program, including developing new courses for the data science curriculum, further developing industry partnerships, and helping to build a vibrant data science academic community across the University.

Cathy Chute

Cathy Chute

Assistant Dean for Professional Programs and Executive Director
for IACS

Maxwell Dworkin G108
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.

Daniel Weinstock

Daniel Weinstock

Associate Director of Graduate Studies in Applied Computation

Maxwell Dworkin G107A
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

Maxwell Dworkin G107
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

Maxwell Dworkin, G107
nrbaker@seas.harvard.edu
(617) 496-2623

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