RESEARCH COMPUTING STAFF PROFILE: LEV GORENSTEIN

Lev Gorenstein

JAN.-FEB. 2017 |

Purdue’s Community Cluster Program, managed by ITaP, not only offers campus researchers the hardware for computationally demanding and data driven research, but also provides expert staff to help them make good use of it. One of those staff members is Lev Gorenstein, a senior scientific applications analyst for ITaP Research Computing.

What he can do for you
Lev uses his background in computational chemistry and structural biology to support faculty doing research in related areas. He also leads workshops covering the fundamentals of UNIX and cluster computing, and regularly participates in ITaP Research Computing’s Coffee Break Consultation, where researchers can ask questions of ITaP staff in an informal setting. Lev is especially interested in introducing undergraduate students to high-performance computing. He works with faculty who are using Purdue’s Scholar cluster in their classrooms, advises Purdue’s Student Cluster Competition teams, and has served as a research computing liaison to several student design projects, including Purdue’s SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition team.

Background
After earning dual degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering from the Moscow Institute of Fine Chemical Technology in Moscow, Russia, Lev came to Purdue to attend graduate school and then worked as a researcher at Purdue’s Markey Center for Structural Biology. During these years, he used Purdue’s supercomputers to simulate DNA and protein structures and stability. Over time, he became his lab’s resident high-performance computing expert, which made the move to the research computing side – where he now helps other scientists utilize Purdue’s computing resources – a natural transition.

Favorite part of the job
“The diversity – the breadth of people and disciplines that we help advance. We work with everyone from psychology to nuclear physics.”

Fun facts
Lev is an avid photographer and mountain climber and serves as advisor to the Purdue Outing Club. He has an Erdös number of 4.

For more information about ITaP Research Computing resources and services, email rcac-help@purdue.edu or contact Preston Smith, ITaP’s director of research services and support, psmith@purdue.edu or 494-9729.

– Adrienne Miller, ITaP science and technology writer (mill2027@purdue.edu)