Financial grants for staff and training, and expansion of the network of shared computing resources available to support SDSU’s growing research activity.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) jointly awarded the University of California San Diego, San Diego State University and California State University, San Bernardino a A five-year, $6.7 million grant to support CI training and resources..
UCSD and San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) are the main scholarship winners. SDSU graduate Mary Thomas He is the Principal Investigator (PI) for the Interdisciplinary Training Program and Computational Data Scientist and Training Leader for High Performance Computing at SDSC.
For SDSU, the scholarship enables the appointment of a full-time Interdisciplinary Research Professional (IRP) and the establishment of the CI Faculty Fellowship Program, with the goal of enhancing training opportunities for faculty and staff. The e-training program will use and contribute to training materials developed for CI training and other programs, impacting users, including students, researchers, and educators. It focuses on four main areas: recruitment and training, science and engineering (S&E) project matching and mentoring, S&E research consultancy, and the promotion and participation of multidisciplinary professional communities.
The SDSU IRP will report to the university’s Chief Technology Research Officer and will support training between the various academic units at SDSU’s campuses in San Diego and Imperial Valley. The Faculty Fellow will serve as a liaison with the broader SDSU faculty and act as a link connecting the expertise of the leading e-infrastructure to faculty capabilities and the classroom curriculum. It is an extension of the educational technology paradigm that SDSU has been pioneering for more than a decade.
In addition to human resources, the scholarship also improves access to computing resources for SDSU students, faculty, and researchers. As part of the NSF Cyber Infrastructure Program, SDSU gains access to NSF ACCESS Computing Science Support Network (CSSN)A nationwide network of supercomputers that can be tapped when university demand exceeds its internal capacity. This scalability has become even more important as SDSU’s extensive computing research activity expands and the university continues to rise R1 rated as a leading research institution.
“The program not only creates new internal resources, but also an important bridge from our campus to a national community of subject matter experts with leading edge electronic infrastructure skills,” he said. Jerry SheehanSDSU Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. “As we expand our capabilities and expertise within SDSU, CI staff and interns will also be in close contact across organizations, accelerating knowledge transfer, and fostering collaboration in the CI research community.”
In 2022, the National Science Foundation included Increasing Convergence Research under “10 big ideas. “Convergence Research connects experts working together to solve problems that require a wide variety of knowledge, methods, expertise, disciplines, and CI capabilities. As Hispanic serving institutions with significant representation of underrepresented communities, the inclusion of SDSU and CSU San Bernardino in the grant award expands the system Environmental convergence research and development NSF goal to expand participation in engineering.
The NSF scholarship is aligned with SDSU Five-year strategic plan, which includes a commitment to “become a distinguished public research university: a new kind of HSI.” Part of this commitment is to “develop the infrastructure and resources that enable our research activity to grow while continuing to support excellence in teaching.”
“It fits perfectly,” Sheehan said. “This e-infrastructure scholarship advances both sides of the strategic goal – giving us scalable computing resources to enable further research while using the internship and faculty fellowship program to grow this expertise among our faculty and students.”