Previous Event: Perspectives on Sharing Research Data

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

10 am - 4 pm

Write up of this event is forthcoming!

Presentation materials:

Agenda for the day

9:30 - 9:45 Registration & mingling; light breakfast will be available
9:45 - 10:00 Introductions & welcome
10:00 - 11:00 Glenn Gaudette -- sharing from the researcher's perspective
11:00 - 11:15 Break
11:00 - 12:15 Roundtable #1: our challenges and successes working with researchers and sharing data
12:15 - 1:30 Lunch locally!
1:30 - 2:30 Sia Najafi -- sharing from an academic computing perspective
2:30 - 2:45 Break
2:45 - 3:45 Roundtable #2: storing data at our institutions, options for long-term access, and interactions with researchers
3:45 - 4:00 Wrap up

About our speakers

Glenn R. Gaudette, PhD, is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from SUNY – Stony Brook. He has over 75 publications, co-edited a book on Cardiovascular Regeneration, has 4 issued patents and founded a company based on the technology developed in his laboratory.

His research, which is supported by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, aims to develop a treatment for the millions of Americans suffering from myocardial infarction and other cardiovascular diseases. He has pioneered the use of plants as scaffold for heart regeneration. His work has been featured throughout the world including the BBC, National Geographic, The Washington Post and Fox National News. Dr. Gaudette also teaches biomedical engineering design and innovation, biomechanics and physiology. He promotes the development of the entrepreneurial mindset in his students through support provided by the Kern Family Foundation. He was named the 2015 Faculty Member of the Year by the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network. Dr. Gaudette participates in the New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum, where he has worked with others in developing a teaching case for biomedical data management. He also serves as an advisory board member on an NIH funded grant focused on developing best practices in research data management.

Siamak (Sia) Najafi, Executive Director of Academic & Research Computing, is a WPI alumnus with his BS and MS in mechanical engineering, Sia provides vision and leadership in developing strategic plans and policies to guide and manage research computing infrastructure and support at WPI. Sia and his team support and manage research data and high-performance computer clusters to accommodate the expanding WPI research mission and meet federal guidelines for research data management.

In addition, Sia acts as a liaison between the Information Technology (IT) and academic departments concerning IT planning, and support of academic and research missions. His team also leads the area of scientific and engineering application training and support for faculty course development, and student course and project preparation. He coordinates with academic departmental heads, departmental IT staff, faculty, and technical staff to plan, improve, and promote academic computing and technology support. He also negotiates contracts for new academic computing software and maintains a central inventory of software and hardware contracts, licenses, and maintenance agreements.

Lunch options

There are several options within walking distance to WPI.

Campus center:

  • Food Court (lower level)
  • Dunkin Doughnuts (1st floor)

Highland Street:

  • The Boynton
  • Thai Time
  • The Sole Proprietor*
  • Sahara*
  • Subway
  • D'Angelo Grilled Sandwiches

Grove Street:

  • The Fix Burger Bar
  • Lucky's Cafe
  • Oak Barrel Tavern

Salisbury & Lancaster St.:

  • Worcester Art Museum Cafe*

*service may be slower at these establishments