Read more about the 2021-2022 CASC Executive Committee.


Assistant Director
Institute for Computational & Data Sciences (ICDS)
Penn State University


Vice Chair

Director of Research Computing
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities



Director of Networking Partnerships at Texas Advanced Computing Center / UT Austin



Director, CISL Research Support Division
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)


Executive Director




Wayne Figurelle, Penn State University

Wayne Figurelle has over 30 years’ experience in computational and data systems to meet the needs of clients, researchers, and sponsors. As the Assistant Director in the Institute for Computational and Data Science (ICDS), Wayne spans both the research community and advanced cyberinfrastructure community to develop programs that allow research to flourish, systems to advance that research, and an organizational foundation to support both. As part of the ICDS leadership team, Wayne defines goals for strategic direction; oversees ICDS operations to ensure that organizational performance and strategic objectives are met; influences university leaders to advance ICDS strategic goals; leads ICDS staff and determine tasking, and creates and maintains standards and policies. Wayne defines systems requirements for high performance, scalability, and sustainability and engages stakeholders at all levels of the university on the performance of ICDS.

Jim Wilgenbusch, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

James (Jim) Wilgenbusch is the Director of Research Computing in the Office of the Vice President for Research at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Jim is responsible for the strategic direction and leadership of the three major computational research areas under the Office of the Vice President for Research: the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI), the University of Minnesota Informatics Institute (UMII), and U-Spatial. Jim is also involved at a national level in the promotion and development of research cyberinfrastructure and plays a variety of roles in organizations such as the Campus Research Computing Consortium (CARCC), and the National Science Foundation’s Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs. Jim maintains research activities in the study and implementation of models, methods and software used in phylogenetic inference and for over 15 years has been an invited faculty member at workshops and seminars on this same topic.

Jennifer Schopf, Indiana University

Dr. Jennifer M. Schopf is the Director of International Networks at Indiana University (IN@IU) and the Director of the Engagement and Performance Operations Center (EPOC). Schopf leads a $4M per year program supporting both US domestic and international science engagement to improve research outcomes. Internationally, this includes assisting the use of transoceanic networks to Europe, Africa, and Asia, with a focus on measurement, monitoring, and advocacy for end-users. Prior to IU, she was a program officer at the US National Science Foundation (NSF), a founding member of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Ocean Informatics team, and a senior member of the Globus distributed software team. Her research focuses on end-to-end performance prediction and user requirements gathering, primarily in distributed systems with relation to large-scale data use. She has successfully competed for over $50M in grants and awards, authored dozens of publications and given close to 200 invited talks.

David L. Hart, National Center for Atmospheric Research

David (Dave) Hart is director of the Research Support Division in NCAR’s Computational and Information Systems Laboratory. The division provides a range of IT infrastructure and support services for CISL’s HPC and data service environments. Dave manages the allocations processes for CISL’s HPC resources and also has responsibility for and coordinates a range of other cross-divisional activities within CISL, including reporting and communications. He is also the director of XSEDE’s Resource Allocations Service as well as the NCAR site lead for XSEDE. His professional and research interests include metrics for measuring the performance and impact of cyberinfrastructure systems and activities. Before joining CISL in 2010, Dave worked for 15 years at the San Diego Supercomputer Center in a variety of leadership positions.

Kathryn Kelley, CASC Executive Director

Kathryn joined CASC as Executive Director in 2022. In this role, Ms. Kelley works closely with the CASC Executive Committee and membership to help guide the organization in pursuing its vision of a robust, sustainable ecosystem supporting academic research computing and data services, enabled by a vibrant, diverse community of professionals. She has more than 20 years of experience in program leadership and strategic communications at industry-oriented higher education, economic development, and statewide technology organizations.

Prior to joining CASC, Kathryn was executive director of the Ohio Manufacturing Institute for nine years, developing policies and programs that positively impact manufacturers’ digital integration and advanced workforce development. Previously, she served Ohio Technology Consortium, which includes Ohio Supercomputer Center and OARnet, as senior director of public relations, outreach, marketing and communications.