HPC Staff

The WFU DEAC Cluster is centrally supported and maintained by two full time system administrators. Professional development for our staff is ongoing through annual training allocations from the Information Systems department.

Damian Valles, PhD:

Dr. Valles joined Wake Forest University in January 2014. He was a system administrator for the Electrical and Computer Engineering department as a PhD student for the Linux and cluster team at University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). After graduation, Dr. Valles had a post-doc position at Montana Tech as HPC Application Scientist with the Computer Science department. Dr. Valles obtained his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UTEP in 2011. Master's in Science in Computer Engineering in 2004, and B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2002.

Dr. Valles role is to support DEAC cluster users, maintaining system services, provide help in application implementation, troubleshoot incidents in system & hardware. Provide support to faculty and students in implementing new innovating ideas and research for distributed and parallel environment.

Adam Carlson:

Mr. Carlson joined Wake Forest University in April 2014, and is a Senior Unix System Administrator on the HPC team. His primary duties include configuration automation, hardware administration and deployment, service migration, scripting development, and user training.

Mr. Carlson obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in May 2006, with a minor in Mathematics.  After graduating, he spent ~8 years supporting America's Military at the Joint Warfare Analysis Center where he served as a Storage Administrator, IT Technical Chair, and Linux Team Lead.  He has also obtained certifications from Red Hat, Cisco and Puppet Labs.

Wenxiao Huang, PhD - Summer Intern:

Dr. Huang joined Wake Forest University HPC in July 2017. As a summer intern, his primary role is to help plan and implement hardware and software upgrades for the HPC system. Before he joined the HPC team, he was an PhD researcher at the Nanotech Center of Wake Forest University. Dr. Huang obtained his PhD in Physics and Master in Computer Science from Wake Forest University in 2017, and B.S. in Applied Physics from University of Science and Technology of China in 2009.