Who we are
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Charlie Collins – Operations Manager

Charlie has been involved with high performance computing centers across the country for many years. The computing centers and curricula that Charlie created are still producing outstanding graduates and performing valuable research. Charlie is thankful to have played a part in so many academic success stories.


Frank Timmes – Director

Frank Timmes joined the ASU Advanced Computing Center (A2C2) as director in Summer 2011. A2C2 is here to provide transformative cybertechnology solutions that empower ASU and its partners to reach their visions. We want to help you advance your research by supplying you with cpu cycles, disk space, bandwidth, servers-on-demand, and friendly, expert assistance in getting your application running on ASU’s research computing platforms. You do not need to be a computing expert to utilize our resources – we can help you get started by providing personalized training. We operate the largest computing platform in the state of Arizona. We want to help you use this fantastic resource. View Frank Timmes’ Curriculum vitae.


Jennifer Testamarck – Student Designer

Jennifer is a graduate student in Visual Communication Design at ASU. She joined A2C2 in 2013 as the Information Designer for Communications and Outreach. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Design Management at ASU in 2008. She has four years of experience in marketing for various design firms and is continuing her education full-time to become a Graphic Designer. Jennifer’s interests include digital publishing, web design, poster design and other print materials, and branding. In her free time, she likes to run and will be training for her 2nd half marathon this year. She has a husband who also works at ASU in the ASU Information Department. They have two cats and two German Shepherd/Australian Shepard mix puppies to fill their small 1950s home, right down the street from campus.


Lee Reynolds – Technical Support Analyst, Sr.

Lee Reynolds is an IT professional with over 20 years of experience. He began working with Linux in 1995 and has worked at ASU since April 2000, spending most of that time as a system administrator for Linux systems in the Fulton Schools of Engineering. He joined A2C2 in March of 2010 and during that time has been lead on the development of an updated operating system image for A2C2’s compute nodes and has introduced several refinements to the system as a whole.


Marisa Brazil – Senior Coordinator, Projects and Programs

Marisa Brazil joined ASU and A2C2 in April 2008 and serves as Senior Coordinator of Projects and Programs. She received a B.A. in International Relations from American University and her M.A. in Nonprofit Leadership and Management at ASU in Fall 2011. Currently, Marisa manages A2C2′s communications and outreach efforts, special events and programs, and supports A2C2′s HR, business and finance, and research administration needs.


Mohamed Sayeed – Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Application Specialist

Dr. Mohamed Sayeed has more than 15 years of experience working both in academia and industry. He brings to A2C2 many years of experience working as a computational research scientist and high performance computing support specialist. He holds a Master’s degree in structural engineering and a doctoral degree in civil engineering with focus in computer aided engineering. During his work in academia, he contributed to many interdisciplinary computational science and engineering research projects and has authored or co-authored many publications. He enjoys working with faculty and students on challenging research projects. His research interests are broadly in the areas of high performance scientific computing, numerical analysis including finite element and finite difference methods, operations research, and performance analysis and modeling. During his free time he enjoys doing volunteer work, reading and gardening.


MohanRaj Balumuri – Web Developer

MohanRaj Balumuri joined A2C2 as a student Web Developer in May 2013. His main responsibilities include the development and maintenance of the A2C2’s website. His significant contributions include the complete redesign of the A2C2 website and the re-coding of various applications in PHP which were initially written in Ruby on Rails. MohanRaj received his BE at GITAM University, India and he has 2.5 years of professional experience as a Senior Software Engineer at Mindtree Ltd. (India), where he worked on a cloud computing platform called Microsoft’s Windows Azure. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Computer Science at ASU. MohanRaj’s areas of interest include Graphics Design and Web and Application development. In his free time, he plays computer games, watches soccer, enjoys music and travel to new places with friends.


Omri Mor – Student System Administration Assistant

Omri is an undergraduate student studying Computer Science at Barrett, The Honors College at ASU. After learning about A2C2 during ASU’s Night of the Open Door, he participated in the High School Engineering Research Program and was allowed the opportunity to explore parallel systems using the Saguaro cluster. Omri joined A2C2 as a systems administration assistant in Fall 2013. He enjoys learning about the various aspects of parallel computing and its administration, and is especially interested in the viability of using embedded systems in High Performance Computing and in data centers. In his free time, Omri enjoys playing video games, reading, listening to music, and hanging out with friends.


Supriya Pangala – Student System Administration Assistant

Supriya joined A2C2 as a System Administrative Assistant in the Fall 2013 semester. Her responsibility is to assist the Operations team to enable high performance computing and research. She has great passion for traveling and playing games. Supriya is a member of several associations, including Change-makers, Friends of International,and the Indian Student Association at ASU, where she explores student, staff, and faculty who produce change in the world and helps to organize various cultural events. Supriya has a great interest in Computer Networks and A2C2 is a right place to learn and gain experience in this field. “I feel lucky to be a part of A2C2 team which enables excellent research and provides a perfect platform to showcase talent.”


Xinchen Guo – Student System Administration Assistant

Xinchen is a graduate student in the Materials Science and Engineering program. He joined A2C2 in the Spring 2014 semester as a Student HPC Administration Assistant. His primary responsibilities are to help users import their computation research to Saguaro Clusters and implement various available software packages. Xinchen’s research interests include the simulation of FinFET semiconductor devices as part of his graduate degree. Combining the experience as a user and an administrator, Xinchen helps our users with his unique perspective.

Ben Jimenez

Ben Jimenez is currently a graduate research assistant in aerospace engineering at the University of Maryland (UMD) College Park under the tutelage of Dr. James Baeder, studying computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for rotorcraft flows. Ben received his M.S. in aerospace engineering from UMD in May of 2013, and is looking forward to

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working before returning to graduate school to complete his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering. From January 2007 to March 2010, Ben worked at the High Performance Computing Initiative (now A2C2), supporting the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (now SEMTE) with CFD grid generation research and post-processing. Ben has continued to work with HPC technology during his graduate studies and is still very passionate about the HPC field. Ben gives many thanks to his mentors (Dr. Clinton Smith and Dr. Kyle Squires) and many friends at A2C2, but especially Dr. Dan Stanzione, who pioneered HPCI at ASU and has supported Ben continuously.