Paul Weakliem received a BA from Boston University (1986) and PhD in Chemistry from UCLA (1992). While at UCLA as an IBM pre-doctoral fellow, he studied growth and etching of semiconductor surfaces by computer simulation with Emily Carter . He then spent several years as a post-doctoral fellow at UC Santa Barbara studying water and ion migration in zeolites with Horia Metiu. Following his post-doctoral research, he provided computer support in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
In 2006, he became the CNSI Information Technology Director. His current duties include managing the CNSI High Performance Computing facilities; assisting researchers with compiling, debugging, and optimizing their codes; as well as providing general computer support for the CNSI researchers in Elings Hall.