Dr Dale Peters took over as Interim Director of UCT eResearch in January 2016, serving a dual role as eResearch Director and Deputy Director, Technical Services, in the UCT Libraries prior to her appointment as Director in January 2017. Peters holds a transdisciplinary PhD in Library and Information Sciences, with a co-supervisor in Analytical Chemistry. Prior to joining UCT in 2013 she spearheaded an EU-funded e-infrastructure project called DRIVER (Digital Repository Infrastructure Vision for European Research). She also previously led the Digital Innovation South Africa (DISA) project, funded by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation.
Anthony Beitz joined UCT in November 2014 as the inaugural director of UCT eResearch. In December 2015 he moved back to Australia and continues to develop UCT eResearch as an executive consultant. Before joining UCT Anthony was general manager of the Monash eResearch Centre. He also holds over a decade of experience in research and development, including 14 years with Telstra, a major telecommunications provider in Australia.
Ashley Rustin joined UCT in 1999 as a Novell systems engineer in ICTS after eight years working as a school teacher in the Western Cape. He worked his way up to become a senior technical specialist in the computing platforms team. In his present position Ashley engages with researchers, advising on the best technologies to enhance research output. His role is to understand the IT requirements of researchers and work with them to design and implement solutions.
Heine de Jager started at UCT in September 2012 providing HPC and general Linux operating system support. He was seconded to eResearch in December 2013. In his role as eResearch support specialist, de Jager continues to offer HPC support, but also provides implementation support for various systems and software to enhance research at UCT. Prior to joining UCT de Jager spent four and a half years at University Stellenbosch managing multiple HPC clusters and their identity management solutions.
Andrew Lewis has been at UCT since 1997. He was been involved with HPC at the university since 2009 and prior to joining the eResearch team Lewis was a Linux operating systems administrator within ICTS. At eResearch, Lewis designs, builds and maintains HPC clusters. He helps users with data management as well as software installation and general support. Lewis also maintains the SAGrid infrastructure at UCT.
Carr began his career at UCT in 2000 as a computer lab administrator in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment. In his 15 years at the university he has been a part of a number of ICT infrastructure developments, including HPC. Carr was one of the first members of the eResearch team prior to its official formation in March 2014. Before he joined the eResearch team, Carr worked in computing platforms focused on the administration of Unix/Linux systems and critical university administrative systems.
Chris Mthshengu joined UCT in 2008 as an IT helpdesk consultant. In August 2014 he was seconded to the eResearch team to provide technical support to researchers. Later in 2015 Mtshengu will return to the helpdesk team as the subject matter expert for eResearch. In this position, Mtshengu will be responsible for keeping the helpdesk knowledge base up to date on eResearch-related queries and maintain links with the eResearch team.
Adrianna Pinska is python programmer for UCT eResearch. Her role is to work with researchers to assist in developing software according to their specific needs. Adrianna is also involved in the Software Carpentry Workshops, helping train researchers to code. She is currently completing a Masters thesis in Computer Science. Before returning to UCT to complete her Masters degree she worked as a Java, Perl and Python developer for several years, most recently at the Karoo Array Telescope, part of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project in the Northern Cape, South Africa.
Coline Laubscher joined UCT eResearch beginning of August 2015 as the team’s first Business Analyst. In this position Coline will investigate current processes and find new and hopefully improved ways to get the job done. She will also test the newly implemented solutions to ensure outcomes are optimum. Coline worked in the insurance industry for 11 years, seven of those as a business analyst. She then moved into the credit sector where she built software solutions like web services and mobile solutions for retail companies such as Absa, Builders Warehouse and other big names.
Piet Helm is IT project manager at ICTS and UCT eResearch. Before joining UCT Piet worked in the mobile banking software development space where he deployed and ran a number of projects in Africa, specifically in Uganda, Zimbabwe and Namibia. Piet is a self-professed sports lover and outdoorsman. He plays squash and occasionally dabbles in golf. His most recent hobby is photography. At eResearch Piet hopes to be able to contribute to the overall success of eResearch projects and initiatives: which means projects are delivered in the time, scope and quality envisaged by the team.
Natalie Simon joined UCT in November 2014 after working as a journalist and freelance writer. She holds a qualification in multimedia journalism as well as an honours degree in political studies from UCT. She is presently completing her master’s degree in political communication at UCT.