The ARC Team

Our multi-disciplinary team leverages decades of experience within a collaborative framework to serve UBC’s research community. 

Executive Leadership

Gail Murphy, Vice-President, Research & Innovation

Gail C. Murphy is a Professor of Computer Science and Associate Vice-President Research pro tem at the University of British Columbia. She is also co-founder and Chief Scientist at Tasktop Technologies Inc. Her research interests are in improving the productivity of software developers and knowledge workers by giving them tools to identify, manage and coordinate the information that really matters for their work. Dr. Murphy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an ACM Distinguished Scientist. With her students, she has received best and test of time awards from ICSE, ACM SIGSOFT and Modularity. She received a B.Sc. (Honours) degree in Computing Science from the University of Alberta and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Washington.

Steve Cundy, Director, Advanced Research Computing

Steve Cundy is the Director of Advanced Research Computing at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and has been providing dedicated and specialized Research Computing support to the Higher Education research community since 2002, joining UBC in 2005.

In support of the UBC Vice-President Research & Innovation and Associate Vice-President Information Technology & Chief Information Officer, the Director of ARC provides strategic executive technology leadership for the UBC Advanced Research Computing team and leads UBC IT resources University-wide in enabling research computing support for UBC’s research community.

Prior to his current position, Steve has worked in various Higher Education Information Technology leadership and support roles since 1997 with specific interests in providing access to world class digital research infrastructure that will enable researchers to accelerate time to discovery and innovation.

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Staff

Roman Baranowski, Software Architect 

Roman Baranowski has been involved in HPC since 1991 and has been working as the UBC Site Lead for Compute Canada/WestGrid since 2003. In addition, Roman is a member of the Compute Canada Storage National Team and serves on the National Team: Simon Fraser University. His background is in Theoretical and Computational Physics and Chemistry with a PhD from Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland.

Megan Meredith-Lobay, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Specialist 

Megan Meredith-Lobay is the digital humanities and social sciences Research Specialist for ARC at UBC. In addition, Megan serves on the Compute Canada Humanities and Social Sciences National Team as well. She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge in Archaeology where she used a variety of computing resources to investigate ritual landscapes in Late Iron Age/Early Medieval Scotland.  Megan worked at the University of Alberta where she supported research computing for the Faculty of Arts, and at the University of Oxford where she was the programme coordinator for Digital Social Research, an Economic and Social Research Council project to promote advanced ICT in Social Science research

Michael Tang, Scientific Analyst 

Michael Tang is a Scientific Analyst for ARC at UBC. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Engineering from UBC. Before joining UBC’s Advanced Research Computing team, he was the Database Manager at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation supporting the Centre’s data management needs including the use of REDCap. 

Jacob Boschee, Systems Administrator II

Jacob Boschee is a Systems Administrator with the Advanced Research Computing group at UBC. He began his background in systems administration at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology where he maintained the research cluster on campus while completing his PHD in Physics. His research background is in quantum computing, phononics, and computational modeling. He is excited to assist the wider UBC research community with their work.

Wade Klaver, Systems Administrator, UBC Okanagan Campus

Wade Klaver is a Systems Administrator at UBC’s Okanagan campus serving researchers there as well as the greater research community at UBC.  Wade began his career in Canada’s oil and gas sector, finally coming to UBC after more than a decade spent with various high tech start-ups in the Okanagan Valley where he worked as a programmer, Linux and UNIX system administrator, network engineer and manager.  A science enthusiast from a young age, Wade’s varied interests and technology experience are well-suited to engaging with the research community, understanding their needs and recommending and implementing solutions.

Edith Domingue, Manager, Research Platforms 

 Edith Domingue is the Manager, Research Platforms for Advanced Research Computing. She joined UBC in 2011 and worked as a Business Analyst before joining the newly established UBC Advanced Research Computing team. In her current role, she helps IT managers and project managers deliver successful projects and services by providing them with customer intelligence, impact assessments, communication channels, and a mechanism to solve issues as they arise.

Ryan Thomson, Systems Architect

 Ryan Thomson is the Systems Architect for Advanced Research Computing at UBC. Ryan began his professional career in systems administration at the University of Calgary where he supported the BioNMR and Biocomputing research programs. In 2007, Ryan moved to Vancouver where he naturally found a new home with the Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre at the University of British Columbia, supporting the Positron Emission Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging research programs. Ryan eventually joined MedIT at UBC to support the administrative, teaching and research technology needs of the Faculty of Medicine and Distributed Medical Program. After several years with MedIT, Ryan resumed his passion for research computing support as systems administrator with UBC ARC where he has progressed to his current role as systems architect.

Kia Brus, Assistant to the Director

Kia Brus is the Assistant to the Director for the Advanced Research Computing group. She has been with UBC for over 10 years as an assistant in varying capacities.

Yau Bing Chong, Project Manager

Yau Bing Chong is a Project Manager with the Advanced Research Computing team at UBC.  A graduate of UBC’s MLIS program, Yau Bing is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with over 15 years’ experience in managing IT projects. Before joining ARC, Yau Bing was with the Infrastructure Program Office at UBC IT where she worked on projects such as the campus-wide encryption initiative, CWL integration for faculties and departments across UBC, and the Skype for Business pilot.  Prior to UBC, Yau Bing worked in web development, managing projects for client organizations that included the World Health Organization (WHO) and Nissan Europe.   

Kamil Somaratne, Administrative Coordinator  

Kamil Somaratne is the Administrative Coordinator for Advanced Research Computing. He graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2015 and obtained a Certificate in Project Management in 2019. Prior to joining the Advanced Research Computing team, he worked as a Project Assistant for the UBC Terry Project and a Communications Assistant at the UBC School of Kinesiology. Apart from his work, he is passionate about interdisciplinary learning, podcasts, tea, and cricket. 

Tang Lee, Research Platforms Analyst I 

Tang Lee is the Research Platforms Analyst for Advanced Research Computing at UBC. Before joining ARC, she worked as a project manager with UBC IT and Library, focusing on enterprise-level data governance and research software development. She has extensive experience in health research, having worked in multiple international randomized controlled trials as the statistician/data process lead at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute. Tang holds a Master of Science degree in Bioinformatics from UBC.

Venkat Mahadevan, Cloud Architect

Venkat Mahadevan is the Cloud Architect at UBC ARC. Prior to joining ARC, Venkat was heavily involved with E-mail security, anti-malware, and Identity & Access Management initiatives at UBC Information Technology. Prior to joining UBC, he worked as a Systems Administrator/Developer for various organizations supporting research in transport information systems, scientific visualization, and data management. He is a world traveller and has lived in various cities including Lusaka, Zug, New York, New Orleans, and Lethbridge before finally staying put in Vancouver. He is eager to help the UBC research community achieve their objectives.

Scott Baker, Manager, Sensitive Research  

Scott Baker has a B.A.Sc in Electrical Engineering from UBC, holds CISSP, PMP, ITIL, and Lean 6-sigma Green Belt certifications. He is the leader of the CARA IT-SIG, represents WestGrid on the Compute Canada Security Council, and has over 20 years of experience managing people, projects, and systems across a broad range of industries including private sector, non-profit, and government organizations. Scott has a passion for information security and enjoys the challenge of seeking effective non-limiting solutions in the ever evolving research environment. . 

Ken Bigelow, Systems Administrator II

Ken Bigelow is a Systems Administrator with the Advanced Research Computing group at UBC. Ken has over 20 years of experience as a systems administrator, with the last 18 years with the Department of Medicine at UBC. Ken has a particular interest in high-performance computing and has seen the evolution from cluster CPU computing to highly specialized GPUs for machine learning and image processing. He also has a keen interest in augmented and virtual reality. Ken enjoys working with all researchers, but particularly enjoys supporting students to achieve success.

Matt Smith, Manager, Research Systems 

Matt Smith is the Manager, Research Systems for Advanced Research Computing. Matt began his career providing technical services to the film and news industries in eastern Canada before joining MedIT at UBC in 2009. Matt eventually joined Psychology IT at UBC and led their mission to provide research-focused IT services. During this time, Matt developed a passion for helping scientists achieve their research goals through designing and supporting data collection tools, behaviour monitoring labs and research systems. After over 8 years with Psychology IT, Matt joins ARC’s world-class systems team to help provide infrastructure and resources to support research excellence across the university.

Bobby Nikkhah, Sensitive Research Security Analyst I 

Bobby Nikkhah is a Security Analyst for Sensitive Research with the Advanced Reseach Computing Group at UBC. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature & Philosophy from Simon Fraser University. He has a professional background in Telecom, Payment Processing, IoT & Managed Services information systems administration, support and security. Bobby is enthusiastic about ensuring the security of UBC's Advanced Research data and infrastructure.

Mykhailo Kutsenko, Systems Administrator

 Mykhailo Kutsenko is a Systems Administrator for Advanced Research Computing at UBC. Myhailo started his IT career in the 1990s, working as an engineer-developer for major corporations in Ukraine. He transitioned his career into System Administration in the early 2000s, to follow his interests in information technology and automation systems. His passion for scientific research lead him to acquire a position with UBC IT in 2018. While Mykhailo spends some of his spare time following the latest technological innovations in the field, he enjoys spending time with his family, cycling, swimming, reading science fiction and being a Formula 1 fan.

 

Jiarui (Jerry) Li, Life Sciences Specialist 

Jiarui (Jerry) Li is the life science specialist for ARC at UBC. He also serves on the Bioinformatics National Team. Jerry holds a Ph.D in genetics from Fudan Unviersity, China and conducted the postdoctoral research on bioinformatics and genomics in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Simon Fraser University. Before joining ARC team, he worked successively as an assistant professor in Shanghai University, the lecturer in SFU, and the head of Next-Generation Sequencing Dept. in Applied Biological Materials Inc.

Elizabeth Kinney, Manager, Research Specialists

Elizabeth Kinney is the Manager of the Research Specialist Team for ARC.  She has a Juris Doctor from the University of Victoria, BC, and a Master in Law from the University of British Columbia.  With over 14 years of experience in clinical research and health research administration in both Canada and the United States, she has firsthand experience with telemedicine and health technology.  Elizabeth came to ARC because of her passion for training researchers and supporting innovation through high-performance computing.  She has experience sitting on the UBC Research Ethics Board and BCNET committees.   

Gabriel Smith, Systems Analyst 

Gabriel has spent many years in academia and has a deep appreciation both for the role that the careful management and analysis of data plays in the research process; as well as the people who make such research and data management possible behind the scenes.   Gabriel has experience with high-performance computing, research data management (RDM) software and programming languages such as R, Python, and JavaScript.  As a Teaching Assistant, he also taught statistics, methods, and software and data classes in the research context.

George Parker, Research Data Integration Specialist 

I have a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science and a Ph.D. in oceanography. Before joining UBC ARC, I worked many years in academia as a data scientist, metadata specialist, and data curator to support researchers in managing their data and make data more findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable. Moreover, I worked many years in the renewable energy industry as a project developer and project manager. At ARC, I (1) provide advice on reporting metrics and conduct data analysis, (2) propose and develop the front end and back end tools to enable data monitoring and visualization, (3) optimize (meta)data capture solution, (4) host consultations for UBC personnel regarding HPC, and (5) facilitate workshops and webinars. When not working in data service realm, I can be found reading, spotifing, squashing, or chasing around my daughter.

Luc Letarte, Sensitive Research Specialist

Luc Letarte is a Sensitive Research Specialist with the UBC Advanced Research Computing, Sensitive Research team. Since joining UBC, he has been involved with different groups to promote cybersecurity and privacy awareness, as well as good practices for research, and research data management. The diversity of his past experiences, in the public and private sector, allowed him to acquire expertise in information technology, business processes, and risk management. Luc also holds certificates from the University of Quebec in Montreal, Simon Fraser University, as well as a CIPP/C certification. Luc is thrilled to bring his governance, privacy and security skills to the ARC team, and to be at the service of the UBC research community.

Nick Rochlin, Research Data Management Specialist 

Nick Rochlin is the Research Data Management Specialist in UBC’s Advanced Research Computing team.  He has a Masters of Library and Information Studies from UBC, and prior to joining UBC, he worked as a Business Librarian at Okanagan College where his focus was training students on data literacy and business research.  He is active in the Portage Network of RDM professionals, co-chairing the Training Expert Group, and is an active member of the FRDR Discovery Redesign Working Group.