Our hardware is exciting but our people are more than that

The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre is what it is, because of its world-class expertise.

Without its knowledgable staff, the Centre would not have its reputation of excelling and advancing Australian science.

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Brad Evans
Head of Centre Operations / Service Manager

Mr Evans brings decades of IT management experience to his current role of seeking to understand the business needs of end users and translating these into specific IT requirements. He coordinates the delivery of IT services, products, environment and support, to enable the required business outcomes for end users.

An important part of the Service Manager role is to articulate and document agreed levels of service delivery with each user group. Mr Evans is then responsible for ensuring that IT services are provided to the agreed standard, including coordination of the required resources and continuous monitoring of service targets.

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David Schibeci
Technical Manager (Capital Refresh)

Mr Schibeci leads the Supercomputing team – the world-class experts providing access to cutting-edge resources. He coordinates recruitment of operational and uptake team members and represents Supercomputing in the Pawsey Management Team.

Mr Schibeci manages new hardware procurement, such as the Advanced Technology Cluster and the Group File System. 

He brings more than 10 years’ experience in high-performance computing and more than 20 years in systems administration, including Lead System Administrator for our first TOP500 supercomputer and first multi-teraflop supercomputer. This work included technically supporting iVEC’s first GPU cluster and being development champion for maali, the open-source build system.

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Jenni Harrison
Director, Strategic Projects and Engagement

As a member of the Senior Management Team, Dr Harrison leads strategic projects for the Centre, managing negotiations for substantial contracts and the budget for strategic projects. 
She is responsible for building and developing partnerships with other organisations and for raising the national and international profile of the Centre. 

Dr Harrison deputises for the Executive Director, in areas such as Federal Government matters.  She brings two decades international experience across a range of disciplines, including research, education, policy development, project and funding management.  Dr Harrison has held senior level roles and routinely liaises with organisational leaders and upper management.

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Karina Nunez
Marketing and Events Manager

Ms Nunez developed and now implements, the Centre’s marketing strategy, managing its brand and image; drawing upon her 18 years of experience in corporate communications. 

This includes design and coordination of regular events designed to: raise awareness of the Centre, both nationally and internationally, contribute to building the reputation of Perth as an innovation hub and showcase the outcomes of specific projects. 

Ms Nunez facilitates media interviews and engages with journalists, with the goal of highlighting the Centre’s capabilities and services. She brings her passion for architecture to designing and producing layouts for key exhibitions intended to showcase the Centre.

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Mark Gray
Head of Scientific Platforms

The research cloud service at Pawsey Supercomputing Centre is called Nimbus.  It is utilised by researchers around the globe. 

Mr Gray brings a strong research and data management background to his role of managing all aspects of this service.  This includes procurement, deployment, training, user expectation management – and leadership of the team who administer and operate the service. 

Mr Gray represents Pawsey Supercomputing Centre both nationally and internationally, with respect to the use of Nimbus.  He also provides project management skills for projects of key strategic importance to the Centre.

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Mark Stickells
Executive Director

Mark is a research executive with more than 20 years’ experience working at a senior level in innovative research and business development roles in complex, multi-stakeholder environments. Through national and international programs and joint-ventures, Mark had successfully led initiatives to accelerate the impact of research, development and education programs for Australia’s key energy, mining and agricultural sectors.

He is a former Chief Executive of an LNG research and development alliance of CSIRO, Curtin University and UWA, partnering with Chevron, Woodside and Shell. Prior to his appointment at Pawsey Mark led the innovation and industry engagement portfolio at The University of Western Australia. In addition, Mark is the current Chair of the Board of All Saints’ College and was appointed an adjunct Senior Fellow of the Perth USAsia Centre (an international policy think tank) in 2017.

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Ugo Varetto
Chief Technical Officer

Mr Varetto is an accomplished manager, bringing international experience, including computational science, research, supporting complex, distributed software solutions, software engineering and development, architecture and testing to Pawsey.

His focus is particularly on data-intensive high-performance computing, interactive-distributed visualisation solutions, with ‘real world’ experience of leading distributed teams across several continents. 

He has held key roles in significant projects, such as the EU funded ‘Human Brain Project’ and also contributed to numerous research projects with the European supercomputing infrastructure. 

His current work includes developing scalable artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning solutions on HPC systems and integrating interactive, in situ visualisation with data mining.