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Dr. Patrick Dreher

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Adjunct Professor of Computer Sci...

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Local Address: Reston, Virginia, United States
North Carolina State University
4700 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh , North Carolina 27606
United States

Company Description: The mission of North Carolina State University is to serve its students and the people of North Carolina as a doctoral/research-extensive, land-grant university....   more

Employment History


  • B.S. , physics
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Ph.D. , physics
    University of Illinois at Urbana
  • M.B.A. , R&D management
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RENCI Taps MIT Research Scientist to Lead Infrastructure Development Efforts | RENCI, 21 June 2007 [cached]
CHAPEL HILL, NC, June 21, 2007-Patrick Dreher, a theoretical nuclear physicist at MIT with years of experience in research computing and information technology strategic planning, will lead the effort to expand the IT infrastructure that supports the work of the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), its engagement sites, and research computing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, RENCI Director Dan Reed announced today.
Dreher will become RENCI's director of advanced computing infrastructure and systems on July 16. In this role, he will develop and implement a long-range strategy for the installation and operation of the advanced research computing and the advanced cyberinfrastructure needed to support and enhance the statewide mission of RENCI and research at UNC Chapel Hill.
RENCI, a major collaboration among UNC Chapel Hill, Duke University, and North Carolina State University, builds partnerships across academia, government and business and leverages advanced technologies to address issues important to the state of North Carolina. The institute is headquartered at 100 Europa Drive, Chapel Hill, and has established an engagement facility on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus in the new ITS Manning Building, 201 Manning Drive.
RENCI at UNC Chapel Hill will build new collaborations with UNC faculty, showcase experimental visualization and collaborative technologies, and support the campus' research mission with research computing resources for faculty. Dreher will initially work from RENCI at UNC Chapel Hill and will support all of RENCI as well as UNC research efforts.
"Patrick has the energy, the experience, and the insight to help RENCI and Carolina continue to build the IT foundation that is critical to support research," said Reed.
Dreher is a theoretical nuclear physicist whose research area is computational lattice quantum chromodynamics (QCD). QCD researchers study elementary particles and the physics of strong interactions, one of four fundamental forces in the universe. Dreher currently has MIT-wide responsibilities as project director of the MIT-IT Strategic Planning and Resource Coordination Initiative and serves as co-chair of the Campus Cyberinfrastructure Working Group within EDUCAUSE, a national organization of 15,000 members focused on IT issues in higher education. He also has in-depth R&D and IT management experience as associate director at the MIT Laboratory for Nuclear Science.
Dreher is an expert on developing the cyberinfrastructure needed to support research; he has developed and deployed high performance research computing systems and data centers to support research and initiated strategies for multidisciplinary programs to leverage MIT's investment in cyberinfrastructure.
"This position offers an incredible opportunity for me to help RENCI and the university achieve their goals. Dreher said.
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Leadership | Renaissance Computing Institute, 6 Mar 2011 [cached]
Patrick Dreher
Patrick Dreher
Patrick Dreher is RENCI's chief domain scientist for cloud computing. He works to develop a computational working environment where users can seamlessly and securely use and control a wide range of scalable IT capabilities. Dreher works to integrate this cloud computing environment into RENCI projects and activities in order to enhance the projects' IT and computing capabilities and functionality.
NSF Campus Bridging Workshop Report Now Available Online | RENCI, 4 May 2011 [cached]
Patrick Dreher, adjunct professor of computer science at North Carolina State University, visiting scientist at MIT and formerly with RENCI (Renaissance Computing Institute at UNC Chapel Hill) chaired the National Science Foundation workshop and served as editor of the report.
"Effective implementation of campus cyberinfrastructure is essential to solve the complex multidisciplinary problems of the 21st century and it requires a coordinated effort among academic and research institutions, " said Dreher.
RENCI » Releases, 23 June 2011 [cached]
Patrick Dreher, adjunct professor of computer science at North Carolina State University, visiting scientist at MIT and formerly with RENCI (Renaissance Computing Institute at UNC Chapel Hill) chaired the National Science Foundation workshop and served as editor of the report. Â Stan Ahalt, director of RENCI; Guy Almes, Texas A & M University; Michael Mundrane, University of California, Berkeley, Jim Pepin, Clemson University; and Craig Stewart, Indiana University, co-authored the report and served on the workshop organizing committee.
Cyberinfrastructure: Strategic Planning to Meet the Challenge Head on, 26 July 2010 [cached]
Patrick Dreher is presently the Director of Advanced Computing Infrastructure and Systems at the Renaissance Computing Institute. He 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. His 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.
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