Internet2 Research Engagement Team

Meet the team that helps bring together the infrastructure, cloud services, bandwidth, and security to help your campus advance research.

Dana Brunson, Executive Director for Research Engagement

Dana Brunson

Dana Brunson is Executive Director for Research Engagement at Internet2. She is responsible for developing, directing, and executing Internet2’s strategy and active engagement with the national and global communities that supports the effective use and development of research cyberinfrastructure. Dana also provides leadership for the XSEDE Campus Champion program, the Campus Research Computing Consortium (CaRCC), and Trusted CI, the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence. Prior to joining Internet2 in January 2019, she was Assistant Vice President for Research Cyberinfrastructure, Director of the Oklahoma State University High Performance Computing Center, and co-lead of the OneOklahoma Cyberinfrastructure Initiative.  She earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin. 

Timothy Middelkoop, Senior Research Engagement Engineer

Timothy Middelkoop

Timothy Middelkoop is a Senior Research Engagement Engineer in the Research Engagement team at Internet2. Tim’s role is in supporting research computing and data professionals along with a variety of other research engagement activities relevant to Internet2.  He is currently contributing to our work on our Cloud Learning and Skills Sessions pilot (CLASS), and also helping us with the NSF-funded work that we support through Internet2 with the XSEDE Campus Champions. 

Tim comes to Internet2 after a successful tenure as the director of research computing support services at the University of Missouri, where he was also an assistant teaching professor in the department of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering. He spent 14 years working in academia after receiving his doctorate in industrial engineering and operations research in 2006 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His research interests include cyberinfrastructure, large-scale (HPC) and multi-core scientific computing, computational optimization, energy management, integrated design systems, and multi-agent systems. 

Tim is a member of the Campus Champions elected leadership team and an active contributor to the Campus Research Computing Consortium (CaRCC) efforts. His experience also includes industry work in designing web-based applications and embedded systems. 

John Hicks, Network Research Engineer

John Hicks
John Hicks

John Hicks is a Network Research Engineer in the Research Engagement team at Internet2.  John is interested in helping researchers and research professionals with cyberinfrastructure(CI)-related topics including campus design, high performance WAN connectivity, high performance data movement, performance monitoring, Information Centric Networking (ICN), and cloud technologies.  He has worked extensively with smaller Colleges and Universities on topics including CI and data management plan development, researcher engagement, and other related CI topics. John is currently focused on developing researcher engagement and information sharing strategies to help bridge the gap between researchers IT needs and related technologies. He also contributes to our work on the Cloud Learning and Skills Sessions (CLASS).

John has worked for Internet2 since 2014 in various departments. Prior to that, he spent 20 years as a programer and network engineer at Indiana University. His last position there was with the international networking group. John has spent most of his career supporting scientists, researchers, and RCD professionals using high performance Research and Education Networks (REN).

Cathy Chaplin, Program Coordinator

Cathy Chaplin
Cathy Chaplin

Cathy Chaplin is a Program Coordinator on the Research Engagement team at Internet2 providing administrative support for the team, primary focus is on program development and implementation. Also a member of the XSEDE Campus Champions Program staff, Cathy provides administrative support for the Campus Champions program operations as well as for the Campus Champions Leadership Team.   

Cathy has worked for Internet2 since February of 2014 in multiple support roles across Community Engagement, all starting with the opening of the Internet2 Denver office in March of 2014.  Prior to joining Internet2, Cathy was self-employed as a freelance Trip Director contracted for the onsite operational implementation and management of corporate incentive travel programs with extensive business travel required. Her all-time time favorite destination is Chamonix, with Sydney and Bangkok as close seconds!

Patrick Schmitz, Consultant

Patrick Schmitz

Patrick Schmitz is a consultant to the Research Engagement team, supporting strategic planning, communications, and program development (e.g., on CLASS). 

Schmitz is Founder and Principal Consultant at Semper Cogito, providing Strategic technology consulting in Academic Research IT, Museums, Archives, and Research collections. Prior to this, he spent 12 years at UC Berkeley as Associate Director of Research IT for Architecture and Strategy, providing IT strategy and solutions in support of campus research; and Director of Berkeley Research Computing. 

In addition to his experience in academia, he was a researcher at Microsoft Research, Yahoo! Research, and CWI in Amsterdam, and co-founded a series of tech startups. Schmitz is an active contributor to various CaRCC working groups, including those on the RCD Capabilities Model and RCD Professionalization.

Amanda Tan, Research Engagement Program Manager

Amanda Tan

Amanda Tan is a research engagement program manager in the Research Engagement team at Internet2. She works on the implementation, planning, and development of strategic roadmaps for the CLASS program. Amanda is a longtime advocate, teacher, and evangelist for changing the paradigm for how researchers can do faster, better science.

Prior to Internet2, Amanda was a Senior Data Science Fellow and Research Scientist at the University of Washington’s eScience Institute. She received her Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering with a focus on water resources management. Amanda’s prior work includes developing a curriculum around cloud computing best practices and leading several cloud data infrastructure partnerships with nonprofits and government agencies.