Stan Ahalt

Staff Title: Executive Adviser and Domain Scientist for Team Science, RENCI; Inaugural Dean, UNC School of Data Science & Society (SDSS)
Phone: 919-445-9641
Area of Expertise: high performance computing, data intensive computing, data systems, signal processing, electrical and computer engineering


Stanley C. Ahalt is the Executive Adviser and Domain Scientist for Team Science at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) at UNC-Chapel Hill. Previously RENCI’s Director, Dr. Ahalt is the Inaugural Dean of the UNC School of Data Science and Society (SDSS) as of June 2022. Dr. Ahalt is also a Professor in the UNC Computer Science Department and the Associate Director of Informatics and Data Science (IDSci) in the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS), UNC’s CTSA program; in this role, Dr. Ahalt leverages his expertise and resources to foster clinical and translational research across the UNC campus.

He came to RENCI as Director in 2009 from Ohio, where he served as executive director of the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) from 2003-2009 and as a professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at The Ohio State University for 22 years. Dr. Ahalt launched several model programs at OSC, including Blue Collar Computing, a national program to bring high performance computing to a wide spectrum of industries and applications, and OSCnet, a leading high-speed research network for K-12 schools, higher education and economic development. He also served as co-chair of the Ohio Broadband Council, the coordinating body for the state’s initiative to extend the reach of the Broadband Ohio Network.

Dr. Ahalt earned his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Clemson University and has over 30 years of experience in data science, signal and image processing, and pattern recognition/ML.

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