Dana Brand


15+ years of IT experience in large organizations, mainly universities and research institutes. Varying from software development to large systems administration.

Experience in systems analysis and design, as well as leadership and training.

Strong background in user support, especially in the academics environment.

Tutoring and teaching Computing Science students.

Research and hands on work experience with a recent focus on scaling problems with very

large scale cluster architectures.

Work History

Work History
Jan 2009 - Present

Software Systems Consultant

Voyageurs Systems Services

* Design and implementation of centralized cluster administration software for Tigress systems at Princeton University

* Design and implementation of online application for subversion account creation and management for Princeton University subversion users

* Miscallenaous software applications for university IT support

Sep 2008 - Aug 2009

High Performance Computing Specialist


* Cluster administration for Tigress systems at Princeton University: https://tigress.princeton.edu/* Helping researchers of various computing proficiency levels to successfully and efficiently execute their cluster code* Large file systems administration (petabyte size) and various parallel file systems (Lustre, PVFS, GPFS)

Aug 2007 - Sep 2008

Systems specialist

* Overlooking a few Beowulf style cluster grids with over 600 nodes, monitoring and on-goingdesign for cluster growth.* Helping researchers (bioinformaticians) of various computing proficiency levels to successfully andefficiently execute their programs* Cfengine deployment and maintenance for unified administration of all Unix/Linux infrastructure.*On-going contributions to cluster design, such as parallel file systems implementation and gridsoftware upgrade and integration

Jun 2006 - Jun 2007

Systems consultant

University of British Columbia

* Linux support – RedHat, OpenSuSE* Design and implementation of systems configuration department wide with cfengine

Sep 1998 - Jun 2006

Systems Consultant


Promoted from Programmer Analyst position in September 2000.

* Installation and setup of various chroot-ed Apache web servers for internal and external use SSL anduser authentication via CAS SFU* Setup of various mysql servers for internal databases and use with web applications* Developed printing charging system for students and faculty – Solaris platform* Various Unix programming and administration tasks

* Designed and implemented web based GradeBook and assignment submission applications* Designed and implemented different Intranet applications written in ASP, Python, JavaScript,running on an internal Windows 2000/IIS server and communicating with a Microsoft SQL server* Designed different internal relational databases (MS SQL and MySql), that serve confidential datafor the Intranet applications used by school administrative staff.

Dec 1992 - Oct 1996

Programmer, promoted to Research Scientist

Research Institute for Informatics

* Object oriented analysis, design and programming in Borland C++ of a large decision system forthe oil industry, and other smaller size applications* Documentation and research proposals writing



Graduate Diploma in Business Administration


Masters of Science

Universitatea 'Politehnica' din Bucuresti