Oct. 22nd 17:10-17:45

Talk title:

On the Challenges and Opportunities of Conducting Research in the Cloud

Patrick Combes joined Amazon Web Services in April 2016 and is responsible for AWS’ worldwide technical strategy in Healthcare and Life Sciences (HCLS). Patrick helps develop and implement the strategic plan to engage customers and partners in the industry and leads the community of technically focused HCLS specialists within AWS.

Patrick began his career in scientific computing at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL) where he developed on embedded systems for gathering and processing instrumentation data in real-time. Later, Patrick joined Cray Research where he was responsible for kernel development, OS integration and the programming environment of the Red Storm/XT3/XT4 and Cascade platforms. He joined Rosetta Biosoftware (Merck) in 2005 to build and integrate products for genomics and proteomics into HPC environments and was responsible for many professional service engagements globally while in this capacity. Rosetta Biosoftware was acquired by Microsoft in 2009 and Patrick continued his work as part of the Amalga Life Science Platform within the Health Solutions Group (HSG) at Microsoft. Patrick then leads the industry solution architecture team for EMC as the Principal SA for Life Sciences and HPC.

Patrick has a B.S. in Computer & Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with additional graduate work focused on programming language design. He also holds several associate and professional certifications for architecting on AWS.

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