Additional Participants

Senior Personnel

Patricia Hand, Administrative Director of Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory
Bruce Segee, UMaine Supercomputer Technical Director
Jeff Letourneau, UMaine System Associate Director of Communications & Network Services
Yifeng Zhu, Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, UMaine
Jasmine Saros, Associate Professor, Climate Change Institute, UMaine
Andrew Reeve, Professor, School of Earth and Climate Science, UMaine
John Gregory, Executive Director, Information Technologies, UMaine
John Peckenham, Assistant Director, Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Environmental and Watershed Research, UMaine

Graduate Student

Kristin Ditzler
Jason Withee
Nathan Bourgoin
Robert King

Undergraduate Student

Rhonda Ireland

Technician, Programmer

Benjamin King, Biostatistician at Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory
John Koskie, Supercomputer Manager, UMaine
Steve Cousins, Supercomputer Engineer, UMaine

Organizational Partners

Vermont EPSCoR
New Hampshire EPSCoR
Rhode Island EPSCoR
Delaware EPSCoR

Project Period

September 2011-August 2012

Level of Access

Open-Access Report

Grant Number

0918018 Submitted by Maine EPSCoR EPS-0918018

Submission Date



The North East Cyberinfrastructure Consortium has finished its third year of Track-2 funding. In this report we summarize our overall progress and progress for Year 3.

In 2006, we began to organize as the five North Eastern EPSCoR states (ME, NH, VT, Rl, DE) around cyberinfrastructure. The box below describes the state of cyberinfrastructure in 2008 by which time we had developed the North East Cyberinfrastructure Consortium to position ourselves for grant opportunities that would help us to address our cyber deficits.

The Track-2 collaborative proposal submitted in January 2009 was designed to address these barriers in order enable our researchers to access and share data and compute resources that will make them more competitive and allow their research to have a broader impact on society.

Summary of our goals:
• Provide cyberinfrastructure for research and education in the North East EPSCoR region by creating fiber networks within and between jurisdictions;
• Establish regional distributed data centers to support cyber-enabled research
• Develop human infrastructure to create a virtual organization for distributed bioinformatics and data analysis;
• Launch pilot cyber-enabled research projects to develop the regional expertise to analyze genomics data, especially deep sequencing data, in a distributed manner;
• Encourage pilot projects to foster collaborations around water research across the region for future collaborations;
• Establish collaborations on cyber education in order to foster cyber-knowledgeable workforce development, diversity and outreach;
• Leverage resources to accomplish our goals

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