Shawn T. Brown, PhD.

Director, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

phone: 412-268-4960
twitter: @stbrownPSC
mail: Office 307
300 South Craig St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Dr. Brown joined the team in 2019 as the Director of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. He has over 25 years of experience in developing software to support the use of high-performance computing for research in areas such as chemistry, bioinformatics, and public health. In addition to directing the center, his research interests are:

1. How agent-based modeling and other computational techniques can be used to provide decision support in public health and chronic disease

2. Building of highly convergent collaborative neuroinformatics platforms for open data sharing and computation

3. Synthetic Ecosystems for representing cohort and cross-sectional data for modeling and open data sharing

Prior, he was the Associate Director of Research Software Development at the McGill Centre for Integrative Neuroscience, the Director of Public Health Applications at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, and Research Associate at Q-Chem, Inc. He received his PhD from the University of Georgia in 2001 in Theoretical Chemistry and has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications.


Selected Publications:

  1. Brown, S.T., Tai, J.H., Bailey, R.R. et al. Would school closure for the 2009 H1N1 influenza epidemic have been worth the cost?: a computational simulation of Pennsylvania. BMC Public Health 11, 353 (2011) doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-353.
  2. Brown, S. T., Schreiber, B., Cakouros, B. E., Wateska, A. R., Dicko, H. M., Connor, D. L., Jaillard, P., Mvundura, M., Norman, B. A., Levin, C., Rajgopal, J., Avella, M., Lebrun, C., Claypool, E., Paul, P., Lee, B. Y., ”The benefits of redesigning Benin’s vaccine supply chain”. Vaccine 2014, 32 (32), 4097-103. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2014.04.090.
  3. Lee, B. Y., Haidari, L. A., Prosser, W., Connor, D. L., Bechtel, R., Dipuve, A., Kassim, H., Khanlawia, B., Brown, S. T., ”Re-designing the Mozambique vaccine supply chain to improve access to vaccines”. Vaccine 2016, 34 (41), 4998-5004. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2016.08.036.
  4. Lee, B. Y., Adam, A., Zenkov, E., Hertenstein, D., Ferguson, M. C., Wang, P. I., Wong, M. S., Wedlock, P., Nyathi, S., Gittelsohn, J., Falah-Fini, S., Bartsch, S. M., Cheskin, L. J., Brown, S. T., ”Modeling The Economic And Health Impact Of Increasing Children’s Physical Activity In The United States”. Health Aff (Millwood) 2017, 36 (5), 902-908. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2016.1315.
  5. Glatard, T., Kiar, G., Aumentado-Armstrong, T., Beck, N., Bellec, P., Bernard, R., Bonnet, A., Brown, S. T., Camarasu-Pop, S., Cervenansky, F., Das, S., Ferreira da Silva, R., Flandin, G., Girard, P., Gorgolewski, K. J., Guttmann, C. R. G., Hayot-Sasson, V., Quirion, P. O., Rioux, P., Rousseau, M. E., Evans, A. C., ”Boutiques: a flexible framework to integrate command-line applications in computing platforms”. Gigascience 2018, 7 (5). doi: 10.1093/gigascience/giy016.
  6. Brown, S. T., Fusti-Molnar, L., Kong, J., ”Interpolation density values on a cartesian grid: Improving the efficiency of Lebedev based numerical integration in Kohn-Sham density functional algorithms”. Chemical Physics Letters 2006, 418 (4-6), 490-495. doi: 10.1016/j.cplett.2005.10.098.
  7. Brown, S. T., Kong, J., ”IncDFT: Improving the efficiency of density functional theory using some old tricks”. Chemical Physics Letters 2005, 408 (4-6), 395-402. doi: 10.1016/j.cplett.2005.04.050.