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Dr Steven Chapman Advancing Research Computing Manager

Steven leads the Advancing Research Computing (ARC) team. He has over 15 years of developing, promoting and being an advocate for research computing.

Role

Steven leads the Advancing Research Computing (ARC) team which manages and provides access to the University’s High Performance Computing (HPC) systems. Through the team of Research Software Engineers (RSEs) and Research Systems Developers we coordinate the support and the development of computational skills across all departments and schools at the University.

In this role, Steven spends most of his time building relationships with the research community and partners, providing advice on strategic priorities and delivering key projects to meet these priorities.

Career

Since joining the University in 2012, Steven has been played a focal role in growing and developing the HPC community. He led on the design and commissioning of the Balena HPC Service and the decommissioning of the Aquila HPC service. Not only has the community grown in number of researchers, it has also grown in diversity of the different types of science being supported.

Prior to joining Bath, Steven had several roles at the University of Central Lancashire. Starting at the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute, he managed and provided support for those in the Astrophysics group. He then managing the central HPC service for the University, as well building and managing a UK data hub for NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) data pipeline.

Throughout these different roles, Steven has been on both sides of the fence, being a researcher and supporting research. He is passionate about helping research communities achieve their potential, regardless of scale of compute or size of data.

Education

Received a PhD in Solar Astrophysics, from the University of Central Lancashire, where he studied the evolution of coronal holes on the Sun during the solar activity cycle using synoptic spectra data from SOHO (http://solar.bnsc.rl.ac.uk).

Steven is currently an Executive MBA student with the University of Bath's School of Management.