HPC Leadership

Randolph Hall

Vice President of Research
Faculty Executive Director, Center for High-Performance Computing

In addition to serving as the HPC faculty executive director, Randolph Hall is the vice president of research and a professor in the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. As vice president, he is responsible for leading research initiatives across the university and overseeing research advancement, administration, and ethics activities. His office supports USC’s faculty in every discipline and works to build strong relationships with federal government agencies and foundations, in areas ranging from the biological and medical sciences, physical sciences, and engineering to the humanities and social sciences.

Hall’s experience includes serving as the founder/principal investigator for two national research centers, the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), and the National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research (METRANS). He also served as senior associate dean for research in the Viterbi School of Engineering for four years. He has been funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Transportation, California Department of Transportation, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, and LA Care. He has numerous publications in the areas of transportation, logistics, system engineering, and queueing.

Maureen Dougherty

Director, Center for High-Performance Computing


Maureen Dougherty is the director of the USC Center for High-Performance Computing (HPC), a department of USC Information Technology Services (ITS). Dougherty oversees the operation of the high-performance computing center and is currently focused on deploying new hardware and software, as well as reorganizing existing infrastructure, to meet the increasing demands of big data researchers.

Dougherty began her programming career in the software industry developing government applications. She joined USC in 1991 as a lead systems administrator in the university’s financial computing department. In 1995, she joined the university’s central IT unit, serving first as a general systems administrator and later as the lead Solaris operating system administrator. From 2001 to 2003, she managed the ITS operating systems support group, a unit responsible for the university’s general academic support systems, as well as the centrally managed student computer labs. In 2004, she became a manager in the HPC group and has served as the director of HPC since 2007.