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What was your previous position and where?I was a doctoral candidate and graduate research assistant at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
What brought you to LSU?The interdisciplinary and collaborative research opportunities provided by the Center for Computation and Technology, unique high-performance computing and networking facilities provided by LONI, the grand vision of the university and the warm and welcoming environment of the computer science department were the main factors attracting me to LSU.
What is your research interest?My research area is distributed systems, grid and collaborative computing. More specifically, I am interested in solving data management problems of large scale, complex scientific applications in different fields, including biology, astronomy, high-energy physics, and coastal and environmental sciences.
What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?I am planning to make LSU a leading institute in distributed data management research and development. We have the experience and resources to achieve this. One important component that is missing is the qualified workforce in this area. I have developed and continue developing both graduate and undergraduate level courses to train the workforce necessary to achieve this level of excellence.
What do you enjoy most about LSU?The welcoming environment for interdisciplinary and collaborative research, the fellowship of my distinguished colleagues and the beautiful campus.
What are your major accomplishments?During my first year at LSU, I was able to lead a large statewide interdisciplinary proposal that eventually got funded by the NSF in a quite large amount. As a junior faculty member in the first year of his career, this was a great start for me as well as another sign of what could be achieved here at LSU and in Louisiana as a state, with the collaboration of existing faculty who are always open to new ideas and new faces. And this year, I have received the very prestigious NSF CAREER Award, which is certainly a great privilege for a young faculty member.