Lauren began working as the first Research Computing Facilitator (RCF) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in January 2013, where she engages with researchers in leveraging the campus's core large-scale computing resources at the Center for High Throughput Computing (CHTC) and navigating the larger world of compute-related services and training. In her past work, Lauren applied compute-intensive research methods in completing B.S. degrees in Biology and Chemistry, and a M.S. in Biophysics, and enjoyed a number of teaching, communication, and leadership experiences.
As a result of the success of the UW-pioneered “facilitator” model, Lauren now leads CHTC's RCF team , organizes a growing community of RCFs across campus, and leads the national network of Advanced CyberInfrastructure Research and Education Facilitators (ACI-REF). She also serves as the UW-Madison principle investigator on multiple funded projects around compute-driven research transformation and national communities of research computing professionals.