As Vice Chancellor for Research Computing at the University of Pittsburgh, Shawn Brown will provide strategic direction on next-generation computing and data resources, including hardware and software, from desktops to supercomputers, and both campus and cloud platforms. His emphasis includes partnership opportunities with PSC and with CMU, and how Pitt can play the strongest role in the overall regional computing ecosystem. He also serves as director of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC). PSC is a joint research center of Pitt and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Brown also serves as research professor of biostatistics and research professor of biomedical informatics.
Brown’s career has focused on high performance computing, informatics and computational modeling to advance research in scientific fields, including neuroscience and public health. Before returning to Pitt, Brown served as chief technology officer of the Neurohub Project and associate director of research software development at the McGill Centre for Integrative Neuroscience at McGill University in Montreal. There, he led the development of the infrastructure of two large scale platforms, Neurohub and CBRAIN, which use high performance computing, machine learning and artificial intelligence to advance neuroscience and mental health research.
Brown served as PSC’s director of public health applications during his prior tenure at PSC, from 2005 to 2017. There, he developed six computational platforms for public health research and published research on obesity prevention, infectious disease and vaccine strategies. He also served on the faculty of the Department of Biostatistics at Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health.