Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) is honoring the retirement of its founders, Dr. Michael Levine and Dr. Ralph Roskies, scientific directors of PSC for over 30 years.
Anthony DeLuca Anthony is currently at CGI, where he is Director, Consulting Services “The work I did at the PSC added to my career foundation of a computer science degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Customer interaction with system users was key. The value here was in learning in how to communicate with individuals that work in an unknown-to-me domain, but use Supercomputing resources (my domain) to achieve their goals. This is a very transferable skill to the real world, as I have yet to have a customer with a domain and background equal to mine. Another advantage I gained was in having access to the very latest technology. To this day I impress my customers and employers when I tell them about working with the T3D and C90 in the mid-1990s. Confidence in doing work outside a classroom is another added benefit.”
Ishtar Nyawira Ishtar is currently a Computer Science major at the University of Pittsburgh where her expected completion is Spring 2018 “My time at PSC has been invaluable. It’s here that I’ve been able to work with some of the most skilled, thoughtful, and kind professionals in our field. At PSC, I was given the opportunity to lead my own research project alongside other brilliant undergraduates with access to one of the country’s best computing resources. It’s here that my love of research was cemented and where I was able to grow in my knowledge and perseverance. All of that with some of the most hospitable, encouraging, and helpful people. PSC feels like a family and I’m forever grateful for the opportunities I’ve seized here.”
Shawn Corrello Shawn is currently at PNC, where he is Manager & Asst. VP, PIM Implementation & Governance “My experience as a student consultant at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) was fundamental to my success in the information security field. In addition to learning the technical skills required to compete in this field, I also acquired the professional and personal skills needed to be successful. The knowledge I gained and the mentoring I received at the PSC provided the groundwork for me to start my career and for me to excel in it.”
Among their many achievements in science and research, Michael and Ralph made a significant impact on the lives of students who passed through PSC’s doors over the last 30 years. Their keen interest in STEM education—science, technology, engineering and math—and their commitment to developing future scientists, engineers and researchers brought about the creation of PSC’s Student Internship Program. Through this program over 300 students received training in new and innovative technologies at PSC since its inception. Many of these students, some whose testimonies appear here, have gone on to work in positions where they have been able to apply the training and education they received at PSC to real-world applications, such as networking, engineering, and data analytics.
To honor Michael and Ralph, and to continue their legacy, we have created a Founders’ Fund dedicated to expanding the internship program that has benefited so many students over the years.
Please join us in honoring Michael and Ralph by making a gift to the PSC Founders’ Fund. Your contribution will help strengthen and expand opportunities for current and future students at PSC.
*You can also select the PSC General Fund if you prefer to support general PSC operations.