CISL Director's Office

Leadership | Staff

The Director's Office of the NCAR Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL) works to ensure that scientists have a balanced mix of resources and services that facilitate their research into the complex processes that make up the Earth system, from the ocean floor and atmosphere to the Sun's core.

The resources we provide include high-performance computers, trustworthy data repositories, and world-class data analysis, visualization, and storage systems. Those systems in turn depend on our professional staff's own work in data science and computational science research to advance the development and application of emerging architectures and technologies, such as GPUs, machine learning, and cloud computing.

The Director's Office also encourages and supports CISL's ongoing and important work as a member of the local, regional, and national cyberinfrastructure community as well as the community at large.


Anke Kamrath, CISL Director

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Anke was named CISL Director in June 2017. She joined CISL in July 2009 as director of its former Operations and Services Division and was named Interim Director in November 2016. Before coming to NCAR she worked for 22 years at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego, in a variety of leadership positions. She has more than 30 years’ experience in supporting, operating, deploying, and managing world-class supercomputing resources. Earlier, Anke worked as a rocket scientist at the Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, California. She holds a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley.

Dr. Rich Loft, Director
Technology Development Division- Retiring September 2021

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Rich has been Director of the Technology Development Division (TDD) in CISL since 2006, and CISL Deputy Director since 2004. In this role he is responsible for a broad portfolio of research and development activities that range from technology tracking and the refactoring of community models for emerging computer architectures, such as GPUs, to the development and maintenance of a portfolio of problem-solving and visualization tools tailored to the needs of the UCAR scientific community. TDD is the home of CISL’s machine learning research hub (AIML), as well as efforts to foster the development of open, reproducible, scalable geoscience via the Pangeo ecosystem. His career-long focus has been applying high-performance computing technologies to the most challenging computational problems. Before joining NCAR, he worked at Thinking Machines Corporation as an Application Engineer, supporting systems at NCAR. Rich received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1988, and his B.S. in Chemistry in 1977 from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. 

Dr. Thomas Hauser, Director
Technology Development Division

Thomas Hauser is the recently hired Director of the Technology Development Division. With a background in computational fluid dynamics, Thomas collaborated with colleges at the University of Colorado Boulder, the National Energy Technology Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to benchmark and rewrite a legacy code for modern supercomputer hardware. He was the director of Research Computing at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he also taught the classes High-Performance Scientific Computing and Scientific Visualization in computer science. He is also one of the two founding executive directors of the Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship and a faculty member in the Libraries. The center supports and performs research in data-intensive scholarship and education. Thomas has chaired the Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium (RMACC). About 30 academic and research institutions located within the Intermountain region collaborate to facilitate widespread applied high-performance computing. He also has a deep interest in diversity, inclusion, and workforce issues, such as encouraging the formation of the RMACC chapter of Women in HPC. Thomas earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, specialized in computational fluid dynamics from the University of Technology in Munich, Germany.

Dr. Jeff de La Beaujardière, Director
Information Systems Division or 303-497-1204

Jeff has been Director of the Information Systems Division since August 2018. His focus is geospatial data usability: ensuring that Earth observations and model outputs are open, discoverable, accessible, documented, interoperable, citable, curated for long-term preservation, and reusable by others. His current interest is on leveraging HPC and public Cloud to bring analysis and visualization capabilities to the data. Jeff previously worked at NOAA and NASA in Maryland. He received his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from CU Boulder and his B.A. in Physics from U.C. Berkeley. Fuller biography at

Irfan Elahi, Director
High-Performance Computing Division

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Irfan oversees the High-Performance Computing Division (HPCD), which is responsible for systems engineering, administration, management, and advanced user support for the computational and storage resources and services CISL provides to NCAR and UCAR member institutions. HPCD provides resources and services for computation, data analysis, data post-processing, visualization, and large-scale data sharing. Irfan has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila, and more than 30 years’ experience in architecting, deploying, and managing high-performance computing and storage resources.

Dave Hart, Director
Enterprise Systems and Services Division

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Dave oversees the Enterprise Systems and Services Division, which provides a range
of IT infrastructure and support services for CISL’s HPC and data service environments.
Dave manages the allocations processes for CISL's HPC resources and also has
responsibility for and coordinates a range of other cross-divisional activities within CISL,
including reporting and communications. He is the NCAR site lead for XSEDE and
director of XSEDE’s Resource Allocations Service. Before joining CISL in 2010, Dave
worked for 15 years at the San Diego Supercomputer Center in a variety of leadership
positions. He has an M.S. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University and a
Masters of Mass Communication from the University of Georgia.

Amy Moore, Assistant Director of Administration, Lead Lab Administrator

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Amy leads the administrative staff and processes for CISL, including oversight of the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputer Center and UCAR Communications Pool budget function, and provides strategic planning, budget and human resources leadership for the lab. She joined UCAR Finance in 1995, was a member of the NCAR High Altitude Observatory administrative team from 1997 to 2002, and has been with CISL since 2003. Amy has a B.S. in Finance from Regis University.

Elizabeth Chapin, Lab Administrator, Senior Business Analyst

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Elizabeth oversees the CISL administration team in partnership with Amy Moore and executive leadership, including budget, human resources support, proposal, award and strategic planning. She joined NCAR in 2003, worked in the High Altitude Observatory and NCAR Director's Office, and has been with CISL since 2011. Elizabeth has a B.A. in Economics from Colorado State University.

Director's Office Staff

Joan Fisher, CISL Administrator
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Kristi Cain, Administrative Assistant to CISL Director, Director's Office Staff, and CODE 
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Dr. AJ Lauer, CISL Outreach, Diversity, & Education (CODE) Team Lead
SIParCS Program Director 303-497-1288 or

Matt Overby, CISL Budget Analyst
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Mary Pronk, CISL Administrator
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