2013 Torchbearer Awards

2013 Torchbearer Awards for Leadership in IT Advancement

Joel Tohline, alumni professor of physics and director of the Center for Computation and Technology is a 2013 Torchbearer Award for Leadership in IT Advancement winner. He has been instrumental in provisioning supercomputers for campus research, from Super Mike in 2002 to Super Mike II a decade later, and played an integral part in facilitating early discussions regarding the need to upgrade our legacy information systems through his efforts as the first FITS chair of the Information Systems Task Force. Dr. Tohline has been the first name on countless IT related committees over the years. As director of the Center for Computation and Technology, he partnered with ITS to rethink the way in which high performance computers were built and supported and moved HPC Tier 1 support back to ITS. Over the last year, he led the purchase and deployment of Super Mike II, LSU’s newest super computer resource. He is currently working with ITS UNI to provide and deploy storage to research faculty campus-wide. This provision of research storage will be a first step in meeting the storage mandates of funding agencies like the National Science Foundation

Melanie Verret Thornton in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Student Aid is our second recipient of the 2013 Torchbearer Award for Leadership in IT Advancement. Ms. Thornton has spent the majority of the last year implementing Nolij – a third party document imaging application used by multiple campus departments.  She was an integral part of the project from inception to completion.  Not only has she been instrumental in helping ITS implement Nolij in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Student Aid, she has also aided the Graduate School and the Office of the University Registrar departments with their implementations.  She is a hard worker and in addition to implementing Nolij, she also helps keep other undergraduate admissions IT projects on task.  While she was working on Nolij earlier this year, she assisted with the development of the BRCC Bridge program.  She is always courteous, helpful, knowledgeable, and available 24x7 to ensure that IT and the business processes in Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid Offices are in alignment.  According to her nominators she “really sees both the big picture and the details of the LSU IT system when working jointly on ITS/Enrollment Management projects.”