Spencer R. Pruitt, PhD

Associate Vice President – Academic and Research Technologies

Spencer R. Pruitt received his B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He then entered the graduate program at Iowa State University, joining the research group of Prof. Mark S. Gordon. After completing his PhD, he continued his work in the Gordon group as a postdoctoral associate. Afterwards, he spent time as a postdoctoral appointee in the Leadership Computing Facility at Argonne National Laboratory working on massively parallel fragmentation methods and porting code to new architectures. Before coming to Northeastern, he worked as a Computational Scientist at Worcester Polytechnic Institute where he expanded the HPC resources, supported faculty and students with their research computing needs, and served as Interim Director of Academic and Research Computing.


Raphael Schroter, PhD

Raphael Schroter

Director of Cloud and Research Computing

Raphael Schroter is the Director of Cloud and Research Computing at Northeastern University. He works closely with university researchers across all disciplines, to help them achieve their research goals using Northeastern’s high performance computing resources. He has more than 15 years of research experience in high energy physics, working in large scientific collaborations. During his years as a research assistant at Harvard University he has lead several cross-functional analysis projects in one of the world’s largest neutrino experiment. He holds a PhD from the University of Geneva.




Manasvita Joshi, PhD

Associate Data Scientist

Manasvita Joshi is the Associate Data Scientist on the Research Computing team. She is responsible for supporting researchers take full advantage of Discovery through direct interaction; helping them design and implement methods and tools for data curation and visualization; and providing code optimization and scientific software benchmarking. She has over 10 years of experience in high-energy astrophysics, numerical modeling, data exploration, and data analysis. She has been a PI for multiple NASA-funded projects and reviewer for grant committees. She has spoken at over 30 conferences, taught astronomy courses, and mentored students.



Mariana Levi, PhD

Mariana Levi

Associate Computational Scientist

Mariana Levi is an Associate Computational Scientist on the Research Computing team, who serves to support and enhance the research enterprise at Northeastern University. Her main goal is to assist research groups to take full advantage of the Discovery cluster through direct interaction, training, and benchmarking of scientific software. Mariana has a PhD in computational physics from Northeastern University with over 6 years of experience in scientific computing, including large-scale biomolecular simulations and quantum (DFT) calculations.



Joseph Cooke

Joseph Cooke

Research Computing Facilitator

Joseph Cooke is a Research Computing Facilitator on the Research Computing team. He assists researchers with utilizing high performance computing resources through direct interaction. Joseph has over 7 years of experience in using HPC resources for the modeling of magnetic materials which include studying magnetization and energy flow with a primary focus on numerical stability in spin-lattice dynamics. He has his Master of Science in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania.



Shobana Sekar, PhD

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Associate Bioinformatician

Shobana Sekar is an Associate Bioinformatician for the Research Computing team. She is responsible for assisting faculty and students working with genomic and molecular biology data with developing software stacks and pipelines for high throughput analysis. She has over 7 years of experience in analyzing next-generation sequencing (NGS) data including whole genome, RNA, exome, and ChIP-seq datasets. She has led and supported bioinformatic analyses for several collaborative projects in the neurogenomics and cancer genomics research space and has co-authored several peer-reviewed publications


Tara Ketchem

Tara Ketchem

Documentation, Training and Outreach Specialist

Tara Ketchem is the Documentation, Training and Outreach Specialist on the Research Computing team with a goal of bridging documentation and communication across the teams in the Academic & Research Technologies department. She has a B.A. in Rhetoric and Writing Studies from Western Michigan University. She has been working in technical writing and document management since 2014.


David Hummel

Senior Research Computing Systems Engineer

David is an experienced software developer, systems administrator and cloud operations engineer. He has a B.S. degree in Biochemistry and an M.S. degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, both from University of California, Davis. He continued working at UC Davis and then at Boston Children’s Hospital developing web-based bioinformatics tools. At Harvard Medical School he worked as a software developer in the Center for Biomedical Informatics (now DBMI), a research systems architect in Research Computing, and a cloud infrastructure engineer in Harvard Catalyst. Before coming to Northeastern, David worked as a DevOps engineer (aka SRE) in Information Technology Services at Boston College.



Greg Shomo

 Senior HPC Administrator

Marc Bernstein

 Research Software Engineer

Student Assistants

Deena Dasarathan

Assistant Data Scientist – Coop

Akhil Ajikumar

Graduate Research Assistant

Nikhil Manikonda

Graduate Research Assistant

Surya Periaswamy

Graduate Research Assistant

Prasanth Dwadasi

Graduate Research Assistant

Girish Pillai

Graduate Research Assistant

Research Computing Student Alumni

Rhea Dcosta

Rohin Arora

Aparna Shelar

Gaurang Davda

Sriram Ravindran

Nitish Tyagi

Sarah Gracia

Jiali Cheng

Khajan Joshi

Arjun Prashanth

Prasad Bandarkar

Srinjoy Chakravarty

Aakanksha Duggal

Faustin Combe

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