Michael Sullivan's Curriculum Vitae
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Michael B. Sullivan

Institute of High Performance Computing
1 Fusionopolis Way, #16-16, Connexis
Singapore 138632
Mobile: +65-9127-1019
Email: michael@ihpc.a-star.edu.sg
Email: mike@sullivan.sg
Web: http://www.sullivan.sg/


Drive research in materials science and computational chemistry through my research expertise and leadership skills

Positions Held:

2011-present Department Director, Materials Science and Engineering, Institute of High Performance Computing, Singapore
  • Managed a team of more than 40 researchers including identifying research directions engaging potential collaborators, managing their budget and making hiring decisions
  • Directed and managed industrial collaborations with local and multi-national companies
  • Conducted computational research on catalysis, interfaces, organic electronic, and other materials and chemistry applications
  • Supervised graduate students

2007-present Adjunct Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore, Singapore

  • Co-taught a course entitled "Computer-Aided Drug Design"
  • Supervised students.
2004-2011 Assistant Programme Manager and Team Leader, Computational Chemistry, Institute of High Performance Computing, Singapore
Advisor: Wu Ping
  • Performed novel research in development of new materials including metal-polymer interfaces, ferroelectric materials and high-k ceramics
  • Managed team of about 10 researchers
  • Assisted in the management of more than 30 researchers
  • Directed and managed industrial collaborations with multi-national companies
  • Represented IHPC to international visitors
  • Supervised graduate students.
2003-2004 Research Fellow, Singapore-MIT Alliance, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Advisor: Wu Ping
  • Studied apatite structures using plane wave density functional theory.
  • Worked independently developing research projects and implementing those ideas.
  • Teaching assistant for Atomistic Computer Modeling of Materials class with MIT and Singapore universities. Duties included conducting laboratory courses and handling students' questions.
2000-2002 Postdoctoral Fellow, Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University, Canberra ACT Australia
Advisor: Leo Radom
  • Performed state-of-the-art studies using computational chemistry on alkali and alkaline earth metal oxides and hydroxides and other relevant systems.
  • Trained 6 new research group members in use of UNIX and computational chemistry.
  • Designed and implemented Radom Group webpages using advanced techniques including cascading style sheets.
  • Developed and implemented new ways of distributing information from a central server to group members.
  • Exploited Perl to streamline research by creating scripts to perform common tasks from extracting data out of output files to submitting jobs. Included use of MySQL database.
  • Maintained 3 AIX workstations and 8 personal computers running Mac OS and Mac OS X, in addition to various hardware and software upgrades.


1995-2000 Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Advisor: Christopher J. Cramer
Thesis Title: "Quantum Chemical Analysis of Fischer Carbenes and Arylnitrenium Ion in the Gas Phase and Aqueous Solution"
  • Computational studies of open-shell organic molecules, particularly arylnitrenium ions.
  • Teaching Assistant for undergraduate organic classes and graduate level computational chemistry classes. These courses included a 15 minute introduction to the lab each week, careful grading, and instruction of 16 students.
  • Configured and maintained 1 AIX and 3 IRIX workstations. Developed and implemented security policies for users of these workstations. Configured email and webserver for users.
  • Directed spending of $USD15,000 in computer-related purchases and executed these upgrades.
  • Maintained 8 personal computers running Mac OS.
  • Designed personal webspace and assisted others using HTML and Javascript.
1991-1995 B.A. cum laude in Chemistry, St. John's University, Collegeville, MN
  • Teaching Assistant for general, organic and physical chemistry laboratories. Duties included demonstrating proper technique, grading, and instructing students.
  • Shift supervisor in university cafeteria. Directed 12 workers in serving and cleaning duties as well as dealing with customers.

1991 Diploma, Anoka Senior High School, Anoka, MN

Honors and Memberships:

  • A*STAR Chemistry Club, President (2011-present)
  • A*STAR Chemistry Club, Executive Committee (2008-present)
  • Singapore Catalysis Society, Member (2009-present)
  • American Chemical Society (1994-present)
    Organic, Industrial Chemistry and Computers in Chemistry Divisions
  • St. John's University, All-College Honors (1995)
  • St. John's University, Senior Chemistry Award (1995)
  • St. John's University, Siehl Scholar (1992-1995)
  • St. John's University, Presidential Scholar (1991-1995)
  • Anoka Senior High School, Valedictorian/Top Student of Class (Rank: 1/600) (1991)