IU Bloomington senior Scott McClary has turned his love of technology into a part-time job helping faculty make use of IU’s advanced cyberinfrastructure facilities. McClary, who is double majoring in computer science in the School of Informatics & Computing and mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences, currently works with the Department of Chemistry’s Martin F. Jarrold group to optimize the performance of their research applications on supercomputers. “I took their application and modified it to work with the supercomputer,” McClary explained. “I then optimized it, moving it down from 6 hours of run time to about 10 minutes.”
McClary, who is also involved with the IU Cycling Club, Phi Gamma Delta and IU Dance Marathon, became involved with supercomputing at IU through an internship with University Information Technology Services. Now a part-time employee with the UITS Research Technologies group, McClary is soaking up as much as he can before graduation. “It’s an unbelievable opportunity because I’m learning things I’ll inevitably use for the rest of my career,” he said.