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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 Univ. 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, Univ. of Virginia
Assoc. Prof. of Computer Science, Univ. of Virginia at Wise ​

Scott Bevins
Partnership Director

Assoc. Provost for Information Services & CIO, Univ. of Virginia at Wise ​

Rick Downs
Technical Director

Director of Research Computing​, Univ. of Virginia ​

Buki Aljiji
Business Manager

Executive Assistant to the VP for IT, Univ. of Virginia ​

Emily Wells
Research Development

Research Program Manager, Appalachia Prosperity Project, Univ. of Virginia at Wise ​

Scott Ruffner
Systems Development

Senior Research Computing System Engineer​, Univ. of Virginia ​

Neal Magee
Cloud Development

Cloud Solution Architect​, Univ. of Virginia ​

Will Rosenow
ACCORD Project Coordinator

Computational Research Consultant​, Univ. of Virginia ​

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