Je'aime Powell

Senior Systems Administrator
User Services

Phone: 512-475-9411 | Email: jpowell@tacc.utexas.edu

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High-performance computing, STEM outreach through education, and remote sensing of environments using edge systems are the passions in his life. The combinations and intermixing of those passions are the fortunate channels through which he has been allowed to utilize his creativity to address opportunities. Throughout his career, he has had the pleasure to be exposed to ideas and technologies early within the development cycle. That exposure has had the long-term effect of providing foundational understandings that then allow him to translate that knowledge into methods through which that knowledge can both be applied and taught to the next generation of scientists, researchers, and technology professionals.

During his undergraduate degree, he was fortunate to participate in several research programs through Elizabeth City State University, NASA, and the Office of Naval Research. In the summer of 1998, he participated in a program that included teaching at-risk teenage males calculus. During that program, he gained a joy of education and outreach that included a love of teaching to his passions. While attaining his master’s he became a research mentor to undergraduate students. This allowed him to work with several groups of undergraduate students to develop, implement, analyze, and publish projects that combined remote sensing techniques with statistical analysis through analysis of variance and neural networks in the Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Education and Research.

Most recently, Je’aime was fortunate to continue his workforce development work with high school students in the Code@Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) program hosted at the University of Texas at Austin. The programs include Robotics (Code@TACC: Robotics), Cyber Security (SecureATX and GenCyber), and Environmental Sensing (DesignSafe and Code@TACC: Connected). Additionally, he has had the pleasure to teach Introduction to Scientific Programming as a Lecturer and host computer science-themed Hackathons with SGX3 (historically Science Gateways Community Institute) and the ACCESS-CI (historically Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment or XSEDE). The penultimate combination of practical research and outreach-based education presently exists with his work in the implementation of hackathons. The time-bound events incorporate exposure coupled with mentoring in a format that promotes the practical application of skills towards the resolution of a problem of interest to students. The additional responsibilities added by XSEDE under his position as the Broadening Participation Hackathon Coordinator allowed the opportunity to further use that format to expose both students and teachers across fields and levels with the motivation based on topics of concern to the participants.

Research into Information Systems and workforce development continues to play a large role in his career. In his role as a Senior Systems Administrator and Technical Research Design Analyst, he has worked at both the edge node and cloud/back-end computing portions of data collection and analysis respectively. As a funded researcher of both the µPSTREAM project of the PlanetTexas 2050 and Stengl-Wyer grants and ODSACK Cloudify Gateways award he has been allowed the opportunities to create, code, and deploy Internet-of-Things sensors while developing and maintaining the supporting backend infrastructure capture, store, and analyze the data sets. This continuation of a cooperative view of computer information systems has become the current focus of his research and academic expansions in the field. Additionally funding as a Co-PI under the NSF Cybertraining Pilot: HPC-ED allows Je’aime to both support and build the HPC and Cyberinfrastructure communities by creating a federated repository of searchable training materials and objects across industry partners, research facilities, and academic institutions.

Selected Publications

S. Mehringer et al., “Assessing Shared Material Usage in the High Performance Computing (HPC) Education and Training Community,” The Journal of Computational Science Education, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 18–22, Nov. 2023, doi: 10.22369/issn.2153-4136/14/2/4.

Jeaime Powell, L. B. Hayden, A. Cannon, J. Holly, C. Dey, and A. Nolte, “The HackHPC Model: Fostering Workforce Development in High-Performance Computing Through Hackathons,” 2022, doi: 10.5281/ZENODO.7089496.

Jeaime Powell, L. B. Hayden, A. Cannon, J. Holly, C. Dey, and A. Nolte, “The HackHPC Model: Fostering Workforce Development in High-Performance Computing Through Hackathons,” 2022, doi: 10.5281/ZENODO.7089496.

Y. Gil et al., “Towards Democratizing Modeling at Scale,” in 2021 IEEE 17th International Conference on eScience (eScience), 2021, pp. 269–270. doi: 10.1109/eScience51609.2021.00054.

S. C. Dey et al., “Transitioning Education and Training to a Virtual World, Lessons Learned,” The Journal of Computational Science Education, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 18–20, Feb. 2021, doi: 10.22369/issn.2153-4136/12/2/3.

A. M. Matheny et al., “LEAF: Logger for ecological and atmospheric factors,” HardwareX, vol. 6, p. e00079, Oct. 2019, doi: 10.1016/j.ohx.2019.e00079.

A. O. Medina and J. Powell, “Methodology for Imagery Metadata Collection and Entry into a PostgreSQL Database using Stampede2,” in Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing, ACM, Jul. 2022. doi: 10.1145/3491418.3535137.

J. Powell, L. Bailey Hayden, A. Cannon, B. Wilson, and A. Nolte, “Organizing Online Hackathons for Newcomers to a Scientific Community – Lessons Learned from Two Events,” in Sixth Annual International Conference on Game Jams, Hackathons, and Game Creation Events, in ICGJ 2021. New York, NY, USA: Association for Computing Machinery, 2021, pp. 78–82. doi: 10.1145/3472688.3472700.

S. B. Cleveland et al., “Tapis-CHORDS Integration: Time-Series Data Support in Science Gateway Infrastructure,” in Conference: Science Gateways 2019At: San Diego, CA, 2019.

L. Hayden, A. Jearld, K. Hayden, N. L. Jackson, and others, “Hands-on GPS and remote sensing training for high school learners during IGARSS 2009 in Cape Town, South Africa,” in 2010 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IEEE, 2010, pp. 1118–1121.

M. Austin, N. Barmore, A. Brumfield, J. Deloatch, J. Powell, and L. H. PI, “integration with a web application to create navigational instructions for locations on the campus of elizabeth city state university”.

L. Hayden, B. Aldrich Jr, M. Je’aime Powell, and C. Huff, “Spectroscopic Image Signature Classification of Land Cover Types using Multi-Spectral Data within a Neural Network”.

M. J. Powell, L. Hayden, C. Farmer, and K. McDonald, “TeraScan Curriculum Development and Integration of SeaSpace Technology into the Classroom”.

N. Dykes, L. Easley, J. E. Mitchell, K. L. Hayden, and others, “Charles creek flood zone modeling: A correlation study of environmental conditions versus water level in the Pasquotank watershed,” in 2012 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IEEE, 2012, pp. 966–969.

J. Powell and L. Hayden, "Multi-Channel RADAR Depth Sounder (MCRDS) signal processing: A distributed computing approach," 2010 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, Honolulu, HI, USA, 2010, pp. 3358-3361, doi: 10.1109/IGARSS.2010.5651272.

L. Hayden, J. H. Powell and E. Akers, "Establishing field and base camp servers for remote sensing of ice sheets in ilulissat, Greenland," 2009 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, Cape Town, South Africa, 2009, pp. II-571-II-573, doi: 10.1109/IGARSS.2009.5418148.

Current Projects

Areas of Research

  • Cyberinfrastructure/High-Performance Computing
  • Hackathons/Codeathons
  • Workforce Development
  • Environmental Sensor Development
  • Microcontrollers/Single-board Computing
  • Data Science
  • Remote Sensing
  • Information Technology/Information Systems
  • Cybersecurity
  • Scientific Computing
  • Computational Thinking
  • Decision-Support Systems
  • Geoscience

Memberships

  • IEEE
  • ACM
  • The American Radio Relay League
  • Open-Source Hardware Association