Ken Hackworth: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

Ken working hard at his desk.

We haven’t talked about any of our fabulous staffers in a while and since we did two posts on the XSEDE XRAC process a few weeks back, here and here, we thought this would be the perfect time hear about the man behind it all,  PSC staffer and the XSEDE Allocations Manager who isn’t afraid to wear pink, Ken Hackworth.

Ken as a student, sporting the striped shirt.

Ken has been working for PSC since almost the beginning.  We were founded in 1986 and Ken started working for the Center as a help desk student in 1987.  Around here our students get pulled into a variety of activities, and Ken’s experience was certainly no different, since he also helped out with allocations and as a grunt work office assistant during his tenure as a student.

When Ken graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1988 with a B.S. in Economics and a minor in Computer Science, he was hired full time at the Center as a User Consultant.  He assisted our user community by answering their questions and solving any problems that they had. In 1999, he became our User Relations Coordinator which had him more involved in allocations, consulting and overseeing the students working in the hotline and allocations. He also took on coordinating PSC’s booth presence at the annual Supercomputing Conference.

Ken golfing in Nevada prior to the March XRAC meeting.

Ken got his ‘big break’ in July of 2011 when he took over as the XSEDE Allocations Manager.  Ken’s experience here at PSC made him a perfect fit for the job. As the XSEDE Allocations Manager, Ken does a lot, including overseeing the XSEDE allocations process, coordinating and organizing reviewers and their recommendations, working with NSF to incorporate and develop guidelines and of course working with XSEDE service provider site representatives.

When Ken isn’t in the office you can most likely find him on the golf course or spending time with his family.  He’s been married to his high school sweetheart for 23 years, has a 12 year old daughter, and 2 dogs, a black and chocolate lab. Ken also reports that among his many superpowers, the most noteworthy is a photographic memory of golf courses.

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