Patrick Dreher, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is joining the Renaissance Computing Institute as director of advanced computing infrastructure and systems.

Dreher will assume the position on July 16.

Currently a theoretical nuclear physicist, Dreher is a veteran in research computing and technology strategic planning. He will oversee expansion of the RENCI infrastructure.

"The advanced computing capabilities of RENCI and Carolina make this one of the premier technology and research centers in the nation,” Dreher said. “My aim is to work with researchers to develop and grow the advanced computing infrastructure and systems at RENCI and Carolina to support the kind of research that will have a transformative impact on North Carolina and the world."

RENCI is a collaborative effort of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University and North Carolina State University.

"Patrick has the energy, the experience, and the insight to help RENCI and Carolina continue to build the IT foundation that is critical to support research," said Dan Reed, RENCI’s director. "Through his experience as a scientist, he understands the needs of researchers. Through his work developing IT strategy and managing university R&D efforts, he knows what is required to support RENCI’s mission and to make Carolina one of the nation’s foremost public research universities."