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Today, only a handful of universities in the US are capable of handling sensitive data.

Therefore, should research opportunities arise that involve sensitive data, researchers at universities without compliant infrastructure have to either decline or severely limit their participation in order to not break the law. This problem is exacerbated at under-resourced, minority-serving, and non-PhD granting institutions.

ACCORD is built as the first compliant-capable community cyberinfrastructure for handling sensitive research data.

The ACCORD project now invites researchers from public universities in Virginia. Our resources and services are free to researchers at public institutions. We prioritize projects addressing the COVID pandemic.

ACCORD Principal Investigators

Ron Hutchins, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator (PI)

Vice President for Information Technology University of Virginia
Professor of Computer Science
University of Virginia at Wise

Scott Midkiff, Ph.D.
Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI)

Vice President for IT & CIO
Prof. of Electrical & Computer Engineering Virginia Tech

Masha Sosonkina, Ph.D.
Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI)

Professor of Computational Modeling & Simulation Engineering
Old Dominion University

Deb Crawford, Ph.D.
Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI)

Vice Chancellor for Research
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Thomas Cheatham, Ph.D.
Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI)

Director of the Center for HPC
Prof. of Medicinal Chemistry
University of Utah

ACCORD Advisory Board

Ruth Marinshaw
Advisory Board Member

Chief Technology Officer
Stanford University ​

Von Welch
Advisory Board Member

Chief Technology Officer Director
Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research
Indiana University

Richard Starr
Advisory Board Member

Chief Technology Officer
Senior Scientist for Health Data
Georgia Tech

Inder Monga
Advisory Board Member

Executive Director - Energy Science Network (ESNET) ​

ACCORD Execution Team

Tho Nguyen
Program Director

Senior Scientist
University of Virginia
Assoc. Prof. of Computer Science
University of Virginia at Wise

Scott Bevins
Partnership Director

Assoc. Provost for Information Services & CIO
University of Virginia at Wise

Rick Downs
Technical Director

Director of Research Computing
University of Virginia

Buki Aljiji
Business Manager

Executive Assistant to the VP for IT
University of Virginia

Emily Wells
Research Development

Research Program Manager
Appalachia Prosperity Project
University of Virginia at Wise

Scott Ruffner
Systems Development

Senior Research Computing System Engineer
University of Virginia

Neal Magee
Cloud Development

Cloud Solution Architect
University of Virginia

Will Rosenow
ACCORD Project Coordinator

Computational Research Consultant
University of Virginia

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