System Administrators

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Tim Rhodes

Technical Team Manager, Systems Engineering & Administration

Phone: (540) 231-9516
Email: tim.rhodes@vt.edu

Tim Rhodes has 23 years of systems administration experience and has lead systems administration groups since 1998. These groups have supported systems that range from Virginia Tech’s IBM mainframes to Unix systems that host administrative, academic support and research computing applications. He reports to William Dougherty, Executive Director for Network Infrastructure and Services.

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Christopher Snapp
HPC Systems Specialist

Phone: (540) 231 1675
Email: snappca@vt.edu

Christopher Snapp is a HPC Systems Specialist for the Systems Engineering & Administration Group. He is responsible for tracking and coordinating activities within the Administration Group to ensure computational resources and infrastructure are operational and scalable to meet ARC’s continued growth.

Prior to joining Virginia Tech, he spent eight years as a software engineer supporting projects within the Joint Forces Command’s Joint Futures Lab. He reports to Tim Rhodes.

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Brandon Sawyers
HPC Systems Specialist

Phone: (540) 231 8657
Email: bsawyers@vt.edu

Brandon W. Sawyers is a HPC Systems Specialist for the Systems Engineering & Administration Group who provides system administration and user support for ARC systems. He joined Virginia Tech in January 2012. He reports to Tim Rhodes.

Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Brandon served as IT Manager at the Appalachian College of Pharmacy in Oakwood, VA. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Pikeville.

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Jim Tibbs
Systems Engineer

Phone: (540) 231 7226
Email: jtibbs@vt.edu

Jim Tibbs is a Systems Engineer for the Systems Engineering & Administration Group who is primarily responsible for managing ARC user accounts. He joined Virginia Tech in October 2012. He reports to Tim Rhodes.

Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Jim spent 12 years with EMC Corporation in Richmond, VA. He has more than 20 years of experience as a Unix systems administrator and holds a B.S. in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona.

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Joshua D. Akers
HPC Systems Specialist

Phone: (540) 231-9506
Email: akers@vt.edu

Joshua D. Akers is an HPC Systems Specialist for the Systems Engineering & Administration Group who provides system administration and user support for ARC systems. He joined Virginia Tech in October 2012. He reports to Tim Rhodes.

Prior to joining the HPC systems team he served as a Unix Systems Engineer for NI&S. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Eastern Mennonite University and a Masters of Information Technology from Virginia Tech.