OSC & OARnet Advisory Board

Thomas Beck, Ph.D.
Professor, University of Cincinnati

Thomas Beck, Ph.D., is a professor of Chemistry at the University of Cincinnati and currently serves as chair of OSC’s Statewide Users Group. The committee provides program and policy advice to the center’s director.

As a physical chemist his interests include theoretical and...

Dave Bender
Executive Director of Information and Technology Services, Otterbein University

Dave Bender serves as executive director of Information and Technology Services at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. Otterbein University is a private university that prepares graduates to think deeply and broadly, to engage locally and globally, and to advance their professions and...

John Carey
Chancellor, Ohio Board of Regents

An experienced lawmaker, John Carey served nine years in the Ohio House of Representatives and eight years in the Ohio Senate. He is one of the few legislators...

Stuart Davis
Chief Information Officer, State of Ohio

Stu Davis currently serves as the State Chief Information Officer (CIO) and assistant director for the Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS), Office of Information Technology (OIT). Davis has a varied background in IT leadership and management, including infrastructure, enterprise...

Duane Detwiler
Manager & Chief Engineer, Vehicle Structures Reliability Dept., Honda R&D Americas

Duane Detwiler received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from The Ohio State University. Detwiler joined Honda R&D Americas as a Vehicle Structures CAE analyst. He was the project leader of Body Performance for the 2006 Honda Ridgeline Development...

Gwen Evans
Executive Director, OhioLINK

Gwen Evans is the executive director of OhioLINK, Ohio’s academic library consortium. Serving 91 member libraries, OhioLINK provides access to over 50,000,000 print items, 20,000,000 digital articles, 80,000 e-books and 45,000 digital dissertations to the 600,000 students, faculty and staff in...

Judy Opalek, Ph.D.
Director, Academic Research Services, OhioHealth

Judy M. Opalek, Ph.D., serves as the director of Academic Research Services at the OhioHealth Research & Innovation Institute in Columbus, Ohio. She previously served as the Research Specialist for the Trauma Program at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center in Columbus, a clinical researcher at...

Rick Penny
Director, Administrative Technologies, Lakeland Community College

Rick Penny joined Lakeland Community College in 2006 as the manager for Administrative Technologies. Previously, he had served as the interim vice president for Information Technologies and in 2010 began his...

Pankaj Shah
Executive Director, Ohio Supercomputer Center and OARnet

Pankaj Shah is the executive director of the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) and Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet). For more than 25 years he has committed himself to the IT infrastructure and broadband initiatives through work in private, public, research and education community,...

Charles Warner
Chief Information Officer, Shawnee State University

Charles Warner serves as Chief Information Officer at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio. Shawnee State is a student-focused public university offering a highly personalized, affordable, and accessible education dedicated to the exploration of emerging technologies and emerging ideas....

Caroline Whitacre, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research, The Ohio State University

Caroline Whitacre serves as the vice president for research at The Ohio State University. She is a professor of microbial infection and immunity and former chair of the Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics. Previously, she served as the associate vice president for...

Eric Yassenoff
Assistant Director of Policy, Asset Management, Ohio Gov. John Kasich

Eric Yassenoff currently serves as the assistant director of policy for Asset Management under Ohio Governor John R. Kasich. Among his responsibilities is the development of policies to optimize the state’s information technology infrastructure and increase broadband access across the State of...