Chad Cantwell was born on September 3, 1981. He came to UC Irvine as an undergraduate student in 1997. Known as a "Gifted Student" throughout his K-12 education, Chad was very successful in his computer science studies at UCI. In 1999, he met Domingos Begalli who, as his professor, saw Chad’s great talent in programming and hired him to be part of his team at the UCI School of Physical Sciences Computing Office. Chad worked on various technical projects to support the School's professors and research centers.
In recent years Chad has been instrumental in the School's GreenPlanet Intel Cluster, which is a cutting-edge computer cluster that enables researchers to run computational experiments, and build complex simulations and modeling. One of the most notable projects using GreenPlanet is the ATLAS Experiment of CERN's Large Hadron Collider, which is known as one of the two experiments that proved the existence of the Higgs boson. The ATLAS team worked directly with Chad to store, analyze and compute the experiment's data using GreenPlanet.
"Our faculty here at the School do incredible research, but none of it could be possible without the technical support of our dedicated IT team. Chad was a key player during the 15 years he was here and we will miss him dearly," says Karl S. Wolonsky, Assistant Dean of the UCI School of Physical Sciences.
“He was the backbone of our group,” says Will Kitto. “So many people relied on him.” Will worked as a programmer with Chad since their years as undergraduate students.
“Our team has been together for so many years that we've developed a special work dynamic. Chad will be truly missed,” says Domingos Begalli who, as the Director of Scientific Computing, has led the group for over 22 years.
In November 2015, Chad passed away peacefully in his home. The UCI School of Physical Sciences mourns his loss. In lieu of flowers, his family asks for donations to honor Chad's memory and contributions to the UCI School of Physical Sciences.
To donate online go to: http://www.uadv.uci.edu/PhysicalSciencesMemorialFund. In the 'Comment' field, please reference that your donation is to honor Chad Cantwell's memory.
You may also mail a check made payable to the "UCI Foundation" to:
UCI School of Physical Sciences
162 Rowland Hall
Irvine, CA 92697
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