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People in the News: KAW names Brenneman superintendent; Daley speaking at broadband summit

Kentucky American Water has announced that Cody Brenneman has been named superintendent of operations for the company’s Northern Division, which includes water and wastewater operations in Gallatin, Grant and Owen counties.

Brenneman will report to Kevin Rogers, vice president of operations for Kentucky American Water.

Cody Brenneman (Photo Provided)

Cody Brenneman (Photo Provided)

Brenneman joined Kentucky American Water in 2012 as a water quality specialist before moving to Indiana American Water as a water quality supervisor in 2013. In 2014, he became superintendent of water quality and environmental compliance at Indiana American Water’s Terre Haute district, where he oversaw regulatory compliance for three districts in western Indiana and supervised lab procedures in four certified laboratories.

Prior to joining Kentucky American Water, Brenneman worked for Fouser Environmental Services in Versailles, Ky.

A native of Grantsville, Md., Brenneman graduated from McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College) with a bachelor’s degree in biology, and holds operators certifications and industrial user wastewater and water certifications from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

Brenneman is also a certified Kentucky Division of Water state drinking water analyst, a member of the Kentucky Water and Wastewater Operators Association and is a certified Lean Six Sigma yellow belt.

“Cody is hard-working and talented, and that is why he has seen multiple promotions during his years with American Water,” said Rogers. “He will bring a diverse skill set and knowledge back to Kentucky.”

East Kentuckians speaking at the National Broadband Summit

Three East Kentuckians will be speaking at the National Broadband Summit in Austin, Texas April 5-7.

Ron Daley will be a panelist speaking on “Rural Broadband Advocacy: Gathering the Key Stakeholders”; Keith Gabbard, the CEO of Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative (PRTC) in Jackson County, will be panelist on Highly Successful Broadband/Economic Development Initiatives: What Are They Doing Right?”; and Owsley County Schools Superintendent Tim Bobrowski, Ed.D, will be panelist on “Education and Broadband.”

Ron Daley

Ron Daley

Daley, the Strategic Partner Lead for the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC), will describe KVEC K-12 initiatives advancing the digital economy including:

· Using KY Work Ready Community program with organizations in each county to promote broadband and the New Economy
· Creation of Silicon Holler and Millennial Think Tanks to develop strategies to build New Economy and attract and retain creative talent
· Use The Holler.org to build an on-line community promoting New Economy and Broadband
· K-12 students are ambassadors for Broadband so they can continue their school work 24-7 (students engaged in entrepreneurial work/competitions and innovative class projects, ie the Jenkins first graders tweeting project)
· Creation of community toolkit preparing communities for Broadband and New Economy
· Showing need for broadband (largest roll out of Next Generation classroom technology in rural America, Action Research Summit, innovation grants for teachers, student voice, etc.)
· Developed plan to create first “Rural Edu-conomy Innovation Zone” in the U.S. and;
· The development of the Appalachian Technology Institute (ATI). Over 400 K-12 students enrolled computer science.

Daley lives in Hazard, KY. He is the Director of External Educational Programs at Hazard Community and Technical College and works for KVEC under a contract.

Griffioen named director of UK Center for Computational Sciences

The University of Kentucky Office of the Vice President for Research announced that James Griffioen has been appointed as director of the Center for Computational Sciences (CCS).

“Since the start of the Center for Computational Sciences (CCS) in 1987, computing has revolutionized every level of research, academics, business and personal life,” Vice President for Research Lisa A. Cassis said. “An unprecedented number of research breakthroughs are being achieved through the use of big data and the ability to collect, capture, access, download, generate and analyze massive amounts of information. Enabling these types of breakthroughs requires support for new forms of computation. Dr. James Griffioen’s background and experience with these rapidly evolving models of computation will play a key role as CCS expands and enhances its ability to support the new computational requirements faced by researchers across the campus.”

James Griffioen

James Griffioen

Griffioen received his doctoral degree in computer science from Purdue University and joined UK in 1991. He is currently a professor in the UK College of Engineering Department of Computer Science and serves as the director of the Laboratory for Advanced Networking. In this role, he has had a long history of collaboration with the CCS on high-performance networking and computing projects.

Griffioen has worked closely with UK Analytics and Technologies on multiple projects to enhance the scientific computing infrastructure at UK, and he currently serves as co-PI (prinicipal investigator) on a project that is deploying high-speed software defined network infrastructure to support scientific research on campus.

“I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to play a role in shaping the future of research computing at the University of Kentucky,” Griffioen said. “The CCS has a long and distinguished history supporting researchers and advancing science through the use of high-performance computing (HPC). HPC will continue to be a focus, but there is also a need and opportunity to expand and enhance our research computing capabilities and faculty support by leveraging recent technology advances in areas such as cloud computing, high-speed programmable networks, virtualization, and the processing, management and visualization of big data. Helping researchers navigate this new space of computational options will be an important step toward advancing the research mission here at UK.”

Staff report

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