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Greg Smith
Senior Systems Administrator
Information Technology
Biodiversity Institute

Contact Information

Office Phone: 
785.864.4862
Building: 
Spooner Hall

I support the Biodiversity Institute including it's wide variety of computer aided research goals. My duties include the oversight of a large number of Windows and Linux servers including a computational cluster. I also serve as desktop support for hundreds of research professionals in every biolgical construct from an Archaeology Research Center, to a Bioinformatics department, to the KU DNA Sequencing Lab, etc. Our offices incorporate Linux, Mac OSX and Windows machines into a common network utilizing a central repository for authentication and a centralized network storage.
Activities include:

  • Oversee the purchasing of all new IT related Hardware.
  • Serve as Web Advisory Board Committee member.
  • Design Networks and system solutions to support multiple research efforts.
  • Create budgets and aid in the development of other divisional budgets.
  • Interact with KU's IT infrastructure and Support Staff as a Technical Liaison.
  • Build and maintain Virtual Server environments using VMWare, VBox and MS Hyper-V.
  • Created and maintain Jabber server integrated into LDAP directory to enhance inter-departmental communications.
  • Maintain and Upgrade EMC Networker Backup System.

Education

 University of Kansas, Bachelors of Communication Studies

Education Activities and Societies:

Senator, KU Student Senate
Chair, KU Student Senate Student Rights Committee
Vice-President, KU Campus Internet Association
Representative, KU Association of University Residence Halls 

 

Academic Appointments

Current Appointments

Senior Systems Administrator
Information Technology
Biodiversity Institute

Previous Appointments

2001-2008 System Administrator & Assistant Director of Ticketing
          The Lied Center of Kansas, The University of Kansas

Professional Positions

 2001-2006 Network Systems Administrator
          Davis Networking, Lenexa, KS

1999-2001 Software Support Specialist
          Black & Veatch, Overland Park, KS

Professional Societies

Education/Training Member Consumer Electronics Association

Member KULUA - Kansas Unix & Linux Users Association

 

Grants

 2010-2013 National Science Foundation,  ARI-R2 Repair and Renovation: Advancing Research in Biodiversity Science (Co-PI) $1,512,426.00

Awards

 2011 University of Kansas, July Unclassified Employee of the Month

Synergistic Activities:

1. Storage and Server improvements for Biodiversity Research:
Architected the design of 12 TB storage and server environment in collaboration with Biodiversity Institute Informatics for collaborative support of 230 collections using Specify software for biodiversity collections data management. 

2. Support for Biodiversity Art Installations:
Designed hardware and software requirements between the Biodiversity Institute and the Spencer Museum of Art for interdisciplinary research and art exhibits while utilizing a shared IT infrastructure.

3. Support Collaborative Efforts with online communities:
Created and maintain several Wikis and SVN repositories utilized in several departments at the Biodiversity Institute to foster collaborative efforts between our institute and other research efforts globally.