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Matt Link named associate vice president for Research Technologies

Longtime IT employee leads team that manages the advanced IT facilities and tools crucial to scientific discovery and research

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.— Indiana University Vice President for IT and CIO Brad Wheeler has named Matt Link associate vice president for IU’s Research Technologies division. Link will lead a team of over 100 technologists who create and maintain the advanced scholarly and artistic cyberinfrastructure that power research and discovery in Indiana and beyond.

UITS' newest AVP
UITS' newest AVP
Matt Link

Since February 2017, Link has filled in as acting AVP for Research Technologies while his predecessor, Craig Stewart, was on medical leave. (Read more about Stewart here.) Link previously served as director of systems for Research Technologies from 2006 to 2017.

“Matt has done an excellent job in carrying multiple responsibilities this year, and he has long served as an effective member of our leadership team,” said Wheeler. “With his decades of experience at IU—including helping lead the implementation of Big Red I, II, and II+ supercomputers—Matt will continue to advance the research technologies that are so broadly used by IU researchers.”

I’m excited to begin this new chapter in my career, and to lead this incredibly talented group of people.

Matt Link, associate vice president for Research Technologies

The Research Technologies division provides a wealth of cyberinfrastructure tools to IU students and faculty, including massive storage systems, supercomputing, visualization, and consulting:

  • High-quality data storage services for fast access or large data sets
  • Supercomputers for fast calculations, advanced simulations, and big data analysis (e.g., Big Red IIKarst)
  • Tools for analytics and big-data research
  • Science gateways for supercomputers, massive storage, and shared workflows
  • Visualization facilities and services to help understand advanced simulations and big data

“I am honored to be named to this important position, and to follow in the footsteps of my colleague and friend Craig Stewart and his impactful tenure leading RT,” said Link. “From arts and sciences to IU’s Grand Challenges program, RT resources drive the research engine at IU. One of our top goals will be to continue to help IU researchers discover the most effective way to use these resources to innovate and discover.

Link is the third person to begin his career in the UITS student computing labs or the support center and rise to the rank of associate vice president.

“My philosophy on team leadership has always been simple: provide strategic direction, empower staff, provide support, and get out of the way. I’m excited to begin this new chapter in my career, and to lead this incredibly talented group of people.”

With the announcement of Link at the helm of RT and Stewart back on the job, Wheeler has refined the roles for RT and OVPIT. Stewart is now solely focusing on his role as executive director of IU’s Pervasive Technology Institute and will lead efforts to work with IU researchers to grow contracts and grants. Link manages RT, which provides access to IU's supercomputers, research-specific software and hardware, data visualization, and secure data storage.

Link began his IU career in 1992 as a consultant in the Student Technology Centers. He worked his way up to become the Macintosh/Unix team lead for the STCs, and next became co-lead messaging analyst for University Computing Services, the predecessor of UITS. In 2003, he was named manager of the Unix Systems Support Group (under Craig Stewart). His management career at RT began in 2006 when he was appointed to acting director of systems.

Link is the third person to begin his career in the UITS student computing labs or the support center and rise to the rank of associate vice president.