Moses Joins PSC as Executive Director
Executive Director, PSC
PITTSBURGH, September 17, 2007 — David Moses, co-founder and former chief operating officer of Gaussian, Inc., has joined the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center as executive director.
His hiring culminates an extensive national search to fill the position vacated by the March retirement of Beverly Clayton, who was PSC’s executive director since its founding in 1986.
“We are very pleased that David will help us to carry forward our leadership in high-performance scientific computing,” said PSC scientific directors Michael Levine and Ralph Roskies. “His energy, enthusiasm, solid judgment, and extensive experience in the organizational as well as the technical aspects of large-scale, collaborative computational science will catalyze our efforts and benefit the national community of scientists with whom we work.”
Moses will manage the day-to-day internal operations of PSC, overseeing a scientific and technological staff of about 75 people.
“I welcome the opportunity to be actively involved in this innovative and challenging work,” said Moses. “PSC is a leader in high-performance computing and networking and a vital resource in the Pittsburgh region and the state of Pennsylvania.”
Moses received his Ph.D. in nuclear chemistry from Carnegie Mellon in 1986, and while serving as director of computing facilities in the chemistry department, he helped co-found Gaussian, Inc., a worldwide leader in computational chemistry software, applying theoretical insights from the work of Carnegie Mellon professor and 1998 Nobel laureate in chemistry John Pople, also a Gaussian co-founder. In 1990, Moses became Gaussian’s vice president and chief operating officer, responsible for staff management, contracting and day-to-day operations. In 2002, Moses received an honorary doctorate from West Virginia University for his work in the scientific software industry.
When Gaussian consolidated its operations in Connecticut in 2004, Moses rejoined Carnegie Mellon in the associate provost’s office, where he worked with all levels of sponsored research infrastructure, negotiating and managing contracts with government and industrial sponsors and academic collaborators. He was also instrumental in developing and managing CMU’s export compliance policy.
The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is a joint effort of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh together with Westinghouse Electric Company. Established in 1986, PSC is supported by several federal agencies, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and private industry, and is a partner in the National Science Foundation TeraGrid program.