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Research Computing Team

Contact us by emailing an individual team member, or email We’re located at 1114 S. Manitou Avenue on the Boise State campus.

Steve Cutchin, Director of Research ComputingSteve Cutchin, Ph.D.

Director of Research Computing & Associate Professor
Phone: (208) 426-5053

Oversees all programs, policies, and infrastructure within the Research Computing Services Department.

Jason WattJason Watt

Senior Cyberinfrastructure Engineer
Phone: (208) 426-3904

Works with Boise State researchers, postdocs and graduate students to provide expertise in parallel software development; leverage existing on- and off-campus CI resources to increase computational science; develop solutions for big data transfer, storage and retrieval; and advance education and broaden knowledge of CI resources through community engagement.

Kelly ByrneKelly Byrne

Senior High Performance Computing System Administrator
Phone: (208) 996-2467

Responsible for operations of high-performance computing (HPC)  and infrastructure technology solutions to enable and optimize business and research capabilities. Interacts with scientists and senior management to understand computational and data storage needs and to  plan and deliver solutions. Responsible for working closely with scientists in enabling data analytics and visualizations. Support Linux and Windows based systems including virtual workstations, laboratory instrument controllers, applications, databases and large storage systems.

Tyler BevanTyler Bevan

HPC Engineer

Administers high performance computing clusters and assists researchers with installation, configuration, and running of various modeling and scientific softwares. Also, helps coordinate network storage and big data projects.

Phil GorePhil Gore

HPC Technician

Supports researchers on campus by providing high performance computing services and coordinating for storage and movement of big data. Also, coordinates and maintains three tier web services for researchers in need of web access.

Kyle ShannonKyle Shannon

Senior Software Engineer
Phone: (208) 538-9597

Assists researchers with programming tasks including optimization, debugging, and creating software for specific tasks. Automates recurring/repetitive tasks using software or other tools. Adapts existing code or tools to better fit research goals. Assists with data access, modification, extraction and translation.

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Mendi Edgar

Senior Proposal Development Specialist
Phone: (208) 918-1398

Responsible for proposal development for both large-scale, institutional-level grants and grants with scientific computing scope. Assists faculty with strategy, coordination, communication, writing and editing for grant proposals.

Advisory Boards

Boise State University Research Cyberinfrastructure Advisory Council

Members: Mark Rudin, Vice President of Research; Harold Blackman, Associate Vice President of Research;  Max Davis-Johnson, Chief of Information Technology; Stephen Cutchin,  Associate Professor (Computer Science) and Director of Research Computing; Lejo Flores, Associate Professor (Geosciences)

The Boise State Research CI Advisory Council’s purpose is to develop a robust and reliable environment for Boise State University researchers and faculty: to provide network speed, computational power, storage, and connectivity seamlessly while ensuring centralized support and communication for ongoing CI efforts. The CI Advisory Council meets monthly.

Boise State University Research Cyberinfrastructure Technical Advisory Committee

Members: Harold Blackman, Associate Vice President of Research;  Max Davis-Johnson, Chief of Information Technology; Stephen Cutchin,  Associate Professor (Computer Science) and Director of Research Computing; Lejo Flores, Associate Professor (Geosciences); Nancy Glenn, Professor (Geosciences), Timothy Anderson, Professor and Computer Science Department Chair; Rex Oxford, Associate Dean for College of Engineering; Eric Jankowski, Assistant Professor (Materials Science and Engineering)

The Boise State Research CI Technical Advisory Committee’s purpose is to provide direct input to operations and standards for centralized CI equipment and support.   The CI Technical Advisory Committee reviews and makes recommendations on  CI grant submittals.  The group reviews proposed changes to HPC queue and job priorities, recommendations on standardization of hardware and software with regards to HPC.  The group reviews and prioritizes project support requests of the centralized Research Computing support assets, to include student interns.  The CI Advisory Committee meets biweekly.