iRODS Consortium Advisory Board

Tom Langborg
Senior Project Manager

Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing

Tom Langborg has a background in senior project leader from the National Supercomputer Centre at Linköpings University NSC, and has been working with big storage solutions for many years. He is Storage Coordinator in Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing SNIC that are responsible for Swedish research infrastructure. Tom is also involved in building up IT-infrastructure for the government in Botswana.


Chris Smith

Distributed Bio

Chris graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BS in Computer Science. After a couple of years in the trenches as a system administrator at UBC, he joined Platform Computing as a software developer. Over the next 13 years Chris played a number of roles within the organization, from senior software developer, to Solutions Architect, to Principal Product Architect, where he focused on integrating Platform Computing’s distributed computing middleware for cluster, grids and clouds into production solutions within High Performance Technical Computing disciplines. As an active member of the Open Grid Forum, he contributed to and authored a number of specifications concerned with workload management protocol interfaces, and held the position of Vice President of the Standards function of OGF from 2007-2010.


Simon Lin
Project Director

Academia Sinica Grid Computing Centre (ASGC)

Simon C. Lin is currently the Project Director of the ASGC (Academia Sinica Grid Computing Centre), the only WLCG Tier-1 Centre in Asia. In addition, he is responsible for the APGI (Asia Pacific Gird Initiative) in the EGI-InSPIRE (European Grid Initiative: Integrated Sustainable Pan-European Infrastructure for Researchers in Europe). Before that, he was the Coordinator of the Asia Federation in Enabling Grid for E-sciencE (EGEE) project as well as the Deputy Project Manager of the EUAsiaGrid project coordinating 11 institutes from 8 Asian countries. ASGC assisted 30 sites in Asia Pacific region to join the global e-Science collaboration. Working with scientists of various disciplines, ASGC is successfully leading e-Science applications in Asia from High Energy Physics, Biomedicine, Bioinformatics, Earth Sciences, Climate Change, Digital Archives to Social Sciences. Dr. Lin pioneered the international research network and National Digital Archives for Taiwan. Dr. Lin received his Ph.D. degree from Edinburgh University in Theoretical Physics. His current research interests include Grid & Cloud Computing, Computational Physics, Statistical Physics and Field theory, Complex System and Digital Archives. He has been adjunct professor in several universities.


John Schnase
Climate Informatics Lead

Office of Computational and Information Sciences and Technology, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

John Schnase is a Senior Computer Scientist in NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Office of Computational and Information Sciences and Technology. He leads the Office’s climate informatics R&D; activities, which focus on the development of new information technologies and their transfer into practical use. He also is a Principal Investigator on the Applied Sciences Program’s RECOVER Project, which is building cloud-based decision support capabilities for post-wildfire ecosystem recovery. John’s training and experience is in ecology and computer science. Before joining NASA in 1999, John’s work on the life history of Cassin’s Sparrow (Aimophila cassinii) resulted in an early application of computers in avian energetics modeling. As a co-organizer of the ACM Hypertext ’91 Conference, he assisted Tim Berners-Lee with the first public demonstration in the United States of communication between a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (http) client and server via the Internet. John attended Angelo State University, the University of Texas at Austin, Baylor College of Medicine, and Texas A&M; University, where he earned his PhD in Computer Science in 1992. He is a member of the External Advisory Board of NFS’s DataNet Federation Consortium, a member of the Executive Committee of the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and a former member of the Biodiversity and Ecosystems Panel of the President’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).