Scientific Computing Core

The Scientific Computing Core (SCC) is part of the Flatiron Institute and is led by co-directors Nick Carriero and Ian Fisk. This core develops and deploys the computing infrastructure — including new computational and statistical methods and storage and data handling systems — necessary for carrying out the centers’ research. It also acts as a creator and disseminator of software tools for use by various scientific communities.

Nick Carriero, Ph.D.

Co-Director, Scientific Computing Core

Nick Carriero came to the Simons Foundation in 2014 from Yale University, where he was a senior research scientist in computer science and co-director of the W.M. Keck Biotechnology Resource Laboratory’s high-performance computing resource. at the Yale School of Medicine. At the Keck lab, Carriero worked with information technology services to deploy Yale’s first high-performance computing resource devoted specifically to the life sciences. Additionally, he worked with researchers to develop efficient workflows for processing data on cluster computers, optimized existing software and wrote new software to support novel high-throughput sequencing applications. Carriero holds an M.S. in computer science from Stony Brook University and a Ph.D. in computer science from Yale University.

Ian Fisk, Ph.D.

Co-Director, Scientific Computing Core

Ian Fisk came to the Simons Foundation in 2014 after working in the computing division at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois since 2003. Fisk was the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment’s computing coordinator at CERN from 2010 to 2013, overseeing operations and improvements for the global CMS computing infrastructure. Before that, Fisk served in several roles to prepare the experiment for the first run. He oversaw service integration, facility development and operations, and project management. Fisk holds an M.S. and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, San Diego.

Andras Pataki, Ph.D.

Senior Data Scientist, Scientific Computing Core

Andras Pataki joined the Scientific Computing Core in 2015 to work on research and software development in scientific computing, data visualization and other data-intensive computing projects. Pataki comes to the foundation from the global financial services firm KCG, where he was a quantitative strategist in the options market making and customer order routing group. He holds a B.S. in computer science from the Stevens Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University, where he worked on numerical analysis problems in plasma physics and fusion research.

Nikos Trikoupis

Nikos Trikoupis, M.B.A.

Systems Architect, Scientific Computing Core

Nikos Trikoupis joined the Simons Foundation in 2016 to work in the design, planning, acquisition and operations of the scientific computing infrastructure for the Flatiron Institute. Trikoupis comes to the foundation from the City University of New York’s High Performance Computing Center, where he managed the architecture, deployment and operation of the center’s computing, networking and storage resources. Prior to this, he worked at CERN as a member of the IT department’s Communication Systems group, where he was responsible for the organization’s network service management and root-cause analysis infrastructure. He earned a B.S. in physics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and an executive M.B.A at the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne.

Aaron Watters, Ph.D.

Senior Software Engineer, Scientific Computing Core

Aaron Watters joined the Scientific Computing Core in 2015 to develop tools that will help biologists examine, manage and process data generated by gene expression and regulatory networks experiments. Previously, Watters worked at Enthought, Inc. as a scientific software engineer, where he consulted on projects related to chemical process control and credit risk assessment and helped design and develop Enthought Web services and applications. Before that, Watters worked at Audible, Inc. where he integrated Audible’s databases and services into Amazon’s standard infrastructure. Watters also has extensive experience creating and contributing to open source projects related to database development and implementation. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in mathematics from the University of California, Davis.