Project team

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Kate Aydin (Communications Manager)

Kate AydinKate Aydin is Sustainable Development Officer for the University of Oxford, responsible for developing the University's environmental sustainability framework, policy, targets, strategies and implementation programmes.

Kate has 7 years experience in sustainable development including resource efficiency, sustainable building and construction, urban biodiversity design, sustainable purchasing, biodiversity, environmental communications and organisational behavioural change. Previously she has managed the Oxfordshire Sustainable Business Partnership, developing a network of key employers and SMEs to set up business resource efficiency initiatives in conjunction with government agencies (Carbon Trust, Environment Agency, WRAP, Envirowise, SEEDA).

Kate is the author of 'How to Save the Planet on a Student Budget' (publishing Autumn 2009), and is currently studying for an MSc in Integrated Environmental Management at the University of Bath.

Daniel Curtis (Senior Researcher)

Daniel CurtisDaniel Curtis is currently working on the Building Market Transformation Programme, where he draws on his expertise on integrating energy efficiency and renewables for reducing the carbon footprint of non-domestic buildings. He focuses on lights, ICT and appliances. In addition to this Daniel is the Evaluation Lead on the JISC funded Low Carbon ICT project, which aims to reduce the University of Oxford's carbon footprint that results from the operation of its ICT infrastructure.

Immediately prior to coming to the ECI, Daniel worked for three years as Energy Project Manager at a hotel in the Canary Islands. Being independent of all mains services, the hotel offered special challenges. He designed and implemented an energy strategy that more than halved consumption of carbon-based fuels whilst also significantly increasing the availability of electrical power and water heating. This was achieved: (1) through more efficient generation, distribution, storage and use of electricity (produced by a combination of diesel and photovoltaics); (2) through building on an existing system of solar thermal water heating and switching from electrical back-up heating to LPG.

Daniel has worked on a wide range of other projects including the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, and the International Energy Agency in Paris. His background is in energy conservation, especially in the fields of efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Daniel has an MSc Environmental Technology (Energy Policy), Imperial College, London. (1994-95) and a BEng(hons) Mining Engineering, University of Leeds. (1991-94).

Professor Paul Jeffreys (Institutional Sponsor)

Paul JeffreysProfessor Paul Jeffreys was appointed Director of IT for the University of Oxford in 2007. Paul is a professor of computing at Oxford University. He is also co-Director of the e-Horizons Project (an institute within the James Martin 21st Century School, and Professorial Fellow of Keble College. Paul holds a BSc in Physics, and a PhD in Particle Physics.

His previous positions include Director of Oxford University's Computer Services, Director of the Oxford e-Science Centre and founding Director of the Oxford e-Research Centre a new research unit within the Maths and Physical Sciences and Life Sciences Division of Oxford University. Before joining Oxford University Paul was Director of the Central Laboratories Research Council's e-Science Centre and Head of the Particle Physics Department's Computing and Resource Management Division at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

Earlier, he was an experimental particle physicist working at the European accelerator centre, CERN, in Switzerland. Previously his research interests were in the broad field of particle physics, but they are now focused in e-Research and the strategic direction of information technology. He established the e-Research activity within the University, and helped create the new Oxford e-Research Centre (OeRC). He remains a fellow of the Oxford e-Research Centre.

Howard Noble (Principal Investigator)

Howard Noble Howard has worked in the area of green computing since 2006. He initiated the low-carbon ICT project to deliver tools, techniques and advice to help IT staff improve desktop computer power management. The project continues to support the University's environmental sustainability objectives. The practical focus of this project has lead to new research into how to help more people learn about and act on environmental issues. To this end, Howard is investigating ways to apply research from the areas of information visualisation, open data and online social capital.

Howard is also working on the project developing the Behaviour Composer, a web-based tool designed to support teachers, learners and researchers, including those with little or no programming experience, to build, share, and discuss computer models. Teachers at the University of Oxford are using the Behaviour Composer to help students learn about a diverse range of subjects including economics, epidemics and animal behaviour.

Before joining the University of Oxford, Howard worked for the Royal Holloway University (2002-03), a CRM consultancy (2000-01) and IBM Global Services (1997-2000). Howard has a Master's degree in Human Centred Computing Systems from the Centre for Research in Cognitive Science (COGS) at Sussex University (2001-02), and a Bachelor's degree in Genetics and Molecular Biology from Manchester University (1994-1997).

Kang Tang (Lead Software Engineer)

Kang Tang Kang Tang started to work as software developer in Oxford e-Research Centre from 2006. His role within the centre is mainly to design and implement software and toolkits for UK eScience community. He specialises in OOD, SOA, web service security and visualisation.

Kang is the lead developer for Low Carbon ICT project in Oxford, during which he has lead the design and implementation of institutional WoL service and monitoring service. Previously he was working as key developer on ShibGrid project and Optiputer project. Kang has more than 3 years IT industrial experience and a MSC in distributed computing from UCL.

David Wallom (Technical Architect)

Dr. David WallomDavid Wallom is Technical Manager of the Oxford e-Research Centre, prior to which he was Campus Grid Manager. In his present role he is expected to engage the wider community within various Oxford departments by constructing a campus grid with resources from four different departments.

Previously he has been the Operations Director for the Centre for e-Research Bristol which included constructing a campus wide computation grid with the brief to include as many computationally active departments as possible. The experience of constructing a campus grid for Bristol helped engage the wider community through the Global Grid Forum Production Grid Services Research Group of which David is co-chair.

Before this he worked in the UK e-Science Grid Support Centre at CCLRC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. This provided international contacts through groups in CERN and through his role as the UK representative in the European Grid Support centre and with the Globus team at Argonne National Laboratory.

Previously he was employed by the space software company SCISYS (Space) Ltd working on the Meteosat Second Generation ground system. He was also lead developer on the Radiation transport and Solar Systems Research subcomponents for the ESA SpaceGrid project.

David has a degree in Applied Physics from Coventry University which included a year in industry at Forschungszentrum Jlich working on the COSY-TOF experiment. He also has a PhD in Experimental Particle Physics from the University of Bristol, having worked on the BaBar experiment at Stanford Linear Accelerator Centre.

David is also currently chair of the UK e-Science Engineering Task Force.