ERN Summit 2024

The ERN Summit
April 11-12, 2024
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center 

The Ecosystem for Research Networking (ERN) Summit gave the scientific and cyberinfrastructure research community an opportunity to come together and discuss ERN accomplishments, successes, and challenges related to projects, collaborations and partnerships, and ERN Working Groups’ efforts. 



Re-imagining American Innovation: Bridging the Gap to Unlock America's Stranded Brilliance


James Martin, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor of Stem research and Innovation , University of Pittsburgh

PANEL 1: Research and Research Instrument use cases LAC/ smaller institutions/ MSIs/ HBCU’s/ TCU’s


Moderator: Carrie Rampp, CIO, Franklin and Marshall College 


  • Sunita Kramer, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Science, The College of New Jersey
  • Jason Simms, Ph.D., Research Computing Manager, Swarthmore College
  • Suxia Cui, Ph.D., Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, Prairie View A&M University
  • Henry T. Jackson, Vice Chancellor of Information Technology Services & CIO, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University
  • Almesha Campbell, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Jackson State University (Virtual)

PANEL 2: The Role of Funding Agencies


Moderator: Wendy Huntoon, CI Team Lead, American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Lead PI, NSF-funded Tribal College and University Cyberinfrastructure Facilitation project 


  • Plato Smith, Ph.D., Program Director NSF OAC
  • Sharon Geva, Ph.D., Program Director NSF OAC
  • James L. Moore III, Ph.D., Assistant Director for the Directorate for STEM Education NSF (Virtual)
  • Chaitanya Baru, Ph.D., Senior Advisor, Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships Directorate, NSF
  • Chaitanya Baru, Ph.D., Senior Advisor, Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships Directorate, NSF

PANEL 3: Preparing the workforce for Advanced Technologies - AI and Quantum


Moderator: Florence D. Hudson, Executive Director and co-PI, Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub, and Proto-OKN PI


  • Andrew Begel, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Software and Societal Systems, Carnegie Mellon University
  • John Zappa, Director of Project Management, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing(ARM) Institute
  • Hanna Terletska, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU)
  • Shuangbao (Paul) Wang, Ph.D. Professor and Chair of Computer Science, Director, Morgan Quantum Computing Group, Technical Director, Equitable AI Center, Morgan State
  • Daniel Justice, Quantum Computing Instructor and software developer, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

PANEL 4: Building Awareness - Resources, Communities


Moderator: John Hicks, Research Network Engineer, Internet2 


  • Jennifer Kim, MS-CC Cyberinfrastructure Engineer, Internet2 
  • Tom Cheatham, Ph.D., Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Director of High Performance Computing, University of Utah 
  • Bob Freeman, Ph.D., Harvard University, Director of Research Technology  Operations, Harvard Business School 

PANEL 5: Access and Resources


Moderator: Bala Deninghu, Senior Scientist, Office of Advanced Research Computing (OARC), Rutgers University 


  • Stephen Deems, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, ACCESS and National AI Research Resource(NAIRR) 
  • Ed Dunlea, Ph.D., MCS Senior Director of Corporate and Government Relations, Carnegie Mellon Cloud Lab
  • Hugo Reyes-Centeno, Ph.D., University of Kentucky, Educelab
  • Maureen Dougherty - ERN, ERN CryoEM Federated Instrument Access Pilot Project 


ERN CryoEM Remote Instrument Access Cloudlet Installation Workshop


Learn about the ERN CryoEM Remote Instrument Access project and how to install, configure, and customize an ERN Cloudlet on a FABRIC node slice to access a simulated scientific instrument and a demonstration of access to a production Transmission Electron Microscope. Workshop reviews the Cloudlet’s use of containers, Open OnDemand, parameterized scripts, CILogon, FABRIC, GitHub repositories, and cluster resources including Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center 

Moderator/Presenter: Maureen Dougherty, ERN 

Presenter: Morgan Ludwig, Techsquare 

Meeting Report

You can downland the meeting report here

A big thank-you to everyone who attended this year's meeting.

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The ERN Steering Committee
Maureen Dougherty, Program Coordinator
Florence Hudson, Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub
Forough Ghahramani, Edge, Inc.
John Goodhue, MGHPCC
Vasant Honavar, Pennsylvania State University
Jim Kyriannis, NYSERNet
David Marble, OSHEAN
John Moore, Consultant
Carrie Rampp, Franklin & Marshall College
Bruce Segee, University of Maine-Orono
Barr von Oehsen, Rutgers University
Jim Griffioen,University of Kentucky
Yifeng Zhu, University of Maine