University Research Computing Officer

April 18, 2022


Dear Colleagues,


I’m delighted to announce that Scott Yockel’s role as University Research Computing Officer will be expanded, effective Monday, April 18th, 2022.


Many of you have known Scott in his dual role as the University Research Computing Officer and the Director of FAS Research Computing (FAS RC). Over the last several years Scott greatly expanded the services and reach of FASRC and engaged deeply with colleagues across Harvard in developing shared solutions to emerging needs such as regulated data and storage solutions. His efforts have expanded the services available to researchers and started us on the path of One-Harvard approach to key cyberinfrastructure needs. At the same time, an increasing number of faculty are relying more heavily on computational and cyberinfrastructure resources.


With the exciting growth of this more specialized role, Scott will work with researchers across campus to develop and champion a university-wide research computing strategy in support of Harvard’s research mission. Scott will focus on identifying emerging needs, engaging with faculty, school, and university leadership to articulate those needs, identifying possible solutions and funding mechanisms. He will spearhead the implementation of these initiatives and articulate their success with concrete measures, as well as develop plans for the long-term sustainability of research computing at Harvard. Over the last several years Scott has been deeply involved in national and regional efforts such as MGHPCC. In this newly expanded role, he will be more deeply engaged in these efforts that increasingly involve national-level cyberinfrastructure resources and the development and professionalization of research computing staff.


Scott’s previous role included a joint report to the Science Dean (Chris Stubbs) in FAS and to me. In his newly defined role, he will report to me directly, joining our team to focus full-time on research computing across all of Harvard. FAS Research Computing will soon begin a search for a new Director who will report to Sarah Elwell, Assistant Dean of Research, in the FAS Division of Science and me in my capacity as the FAS CIO.


Please join me in congratulating Scott on the much-deserved enhancement of his University Research Computing Officer role and its more focused capacity.



Klara Jelinkova

Vice President and University Chief Information Officer