IT Connects

IT Connects is designed to enhance and enrich the UChicago IT community.

IT Connects is UChicago IT’s grassroots staff development and recognition program that is primarily by and for IT staff. IT Connects helps to foster community and relationships with a focus on mentoring and coaching, teaching and learning, and awareness and recognition.

Mentoring and Coaching

IT Coaches: On-call coaches to help address challenges and develop skills.

IT Mentors: Structured year-long one-on-one mentoring program.

Teaching and Learning

IT Learns: Timely leadership development seminars, workshops, and programs.

IT Shares: Monthly brown bag lunch leadership discussion series.

Awareness and Recognition

IT Matters: Occasional speaker series hosted by the University CIO, bringing IT staff together with topic experts to share ideas and gain perspective.

IT Recognizes: Year-round awards and recognition program.

Get Involved!

Interested in participating in future IT Connects programming? Or, want to help shape the program? Share your interest now and you’ll be among the first to hear more as the program begins to take shape.

IT Matters: Driving Research and Discovery

Thursday, May 16, 9:00 am to 11:00 am  |  Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Hall

Kevin Boyd, associate vice president and CIO, welcomed Rob Gardner and Robert Grossman for an engaging conversation on research and high performance computing. The guests shared their perspectives on the importance and role of institutions like UChicago in supporting and driving research and discovery.

Rob Gardner is a Research Professor in the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago working on computing and analytics for big science. He is Principal Investigator of the NSF-funded SLATE project which federates Kubernetes edge clusters in the national cyberinfrastructure.  He co-leads the US ATLAS Computing Facility, a collaboration of 10 universities and two U.S. Department of Energy laboratories providing computational and data services to the ATLAS collaboration at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, Switzerland. He leads the Scalable Systems Laboratory of the newly created NSF Institute for Research and Innovation in Software for High Energy Physics (IRIS-HEP) with focus on novel data organizational methods, data delivery services and analysis platforms for the high luminosity upgrade of the LHC in 2026. His lab also builds advanced cyberinfrastructure supporting forefront scientific collaborations including the XENON, South Pole Telescope, VERITAS, LIGO and IceCube experiments.

Robert Grossman is a faculty member in the section of Genetic Medicine, as well as the chief research informatics officer for the Division of the Biological Sciences. He is also a senior fellow in the Computation Institute and the Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology. His research group focuses on bioinformatics, data mining, cloud computing, data intensive computing, and related areas. He is also the founder of Open Data Group, which has provided strategic consulting and outsourced services in analytics since 2002, specializing in building predictive models over big data. His current research is focused on bioinformatics, especially developing systems, applications, and algorithms so that large data sets of genomics data can be integrated with phenotype information extracted from electronic medical records and analyzed to deepen our understanding of diseases.

9:00 am to 9:30 am
Network and connect with colleagues

9:30 am to 11:00 am

IT Matters is a speaker series hosted by Kevin Boyd, associate vice president and CIO. During these sessions, Kevin welcomes guests to the IT Matters stage to discuss the important work of the University and the key role information technology plays in enabling and advancing the efforts of faculty, students, staff, and community partners.

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