Patrick Dreher is presently the Director of Advanced Computing Infrastructure and Systems at the Renaissance Computing Institute.
also holds appointments as Adjunct Professor of Computer Science - Engineering at North Carolina State University
and Visiting Scientist at MIT.
Patrick also serves as the co-chair of the Educause Net@Edu Campus Cyberinfrastructure Working Group.
Prior to joining RENCI, Dr. Dreher served in several senior positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He was the Project Director for the IT Strategic Planning and Resource Coordination Initiative and the Deputy Chair of an Institute-wide IT-Strategic Planning and Resource Coordinating Council (IT-SPARCC).
He led several projects and initiatives focused on assessing the strategic IT needs and requirements throughout the Institute.
Projects recommendations were provided to the Council and the senior administration as to where and how the Institute may be able to provide better research technology and cyberinfrastructure support and coordination for the faculty's research programs and projects.
In addition to his IT responsibilities at the Institute, he also served as the Associate Director at the MIT Laboratory for Nuclear Science for 13 years.
Prior to joining MIT, Dr. Dreher was the Head of Budget and Planning for several major R&D projects at the Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.
Dr. Dreher is a theoretical nuclear physicist.
research interests are focused on using numerical algorithms and high performance computational hardware and software to model the physics of the strong nuclear force.
Dr. Dreher received his B.S. in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, M.S. degrees in physics from both the University of Chicago and Rensselaer, and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana.
He also earned an M.B.A. from Rensselaer with a concentration in R&D management.