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Department Faculty

Biology Department

Greg Hampikian

Professor, Biology Department
Science Building 215
(208) 426-4992
greghampikian@boisestate.edu
Greg Hampikian’s Profile

Emphasis Area(s): CS, Data Science
Research Area(s): Cancer, Forensics, HIV, Vaccine Development, Nullomers (Absent Sequences), Wrongful Convictions

Eric J. Hayden

Associate Professor, Biology Department
(208) 426-4625
erichayden@boisestate.edu
Eric J. Hayden’s Profile

Emphasis Area(s): CSE, CS, Data Science
Research Area(s): RNA Evolution, Molecules for Use in Biomedical and Biotechnical Fields

Julia Oxford

Biological Sciences Department, MB Room 225
(208) 426-2395
joxford@boisestate.edu
Julia Oxford’s Profile

Emphasis Area(s): Data Science
Research Area(s): Function of Extracellular Matrix Molecules in Craniofacial and Skeletal Development, Cartilage Regeneration and Repair, Eye Development and Vitreoretinopathies

Denise Wingett

Professor, Biological Sciences Department
Director, Biomolecular Sciences Ph.D. Program
Science Building Room 103
(208) 426-2921
denisewingett@boisestate.edu
Denise Wingett’s Profile

Emphasis Area(s): Computational Science and Engineering
Research Area(s): Immunology and Inflammatory Disease, Nanomaterials and Biological Response, New Drug Development

Business and Economics Department

Kelly Chen

Assistant Professor, Business and Economics Department
MB Room 3205
(208) 426-3346
kellychen@boisestate.edu
Kelly Chen’s Profile

Emphasis Area(s): Data Science
Research Area(s): Microeconomics

Michail Fragkias

Associate Professor, Business and Economics Department
MBEB Room 3208
(208) 426-3308
michailfragkias@boisestate.edu
Michail Fragkias’s Profile

Emphasis Area(s): Data Science
Research Area(s): Applied Economics

Jayash Paudel

Assistant Professor, Economics Department
(208) 426-1158
jayashpaudel@boisestate.edu
Jayash Paudel’s Profile

Emphasis Area(s): Data Science
Research Area(s): Applied Microeconometrics

Civil Engineering Department

Arvin Farid

Professor and Director of SEnS-GPS, Civil Engineering Department
ERB Room 3133
(208) 426-4827
arvinfarid@boisestate.edu
Arvin Farid’s Profile

Currently advising or accepting new Computing PhD students

Emphasis Area(s): Computational Science and Engineering
Research Area(s): Multiscale Multiphase Numerical Modeling

Mandar Khanal

Associate Professor, Civil Engineering Department
ERB Room 1133
208-426-1430
mkhanal@boisestate.edu
Mandar Khanal’s Profile

Currently advising or accepting new Computing PhD students

Emphasis Area(s): Computational Science and Engineering
Research Area(s): Intelligent Transportation Systems, Advanced Traffic Management, Connected and Automated Vehicle Systems Advanced Travel Forecasting Methods

Yang Lu

Associate Professor, Civil Engineering Department
ERB Room 4143
(208) 426-3783
yanglufrank@boisestate.edu
Yang Lu’s Profile

Emphasis Area(s): Computational Science and Engineering, Cyber Security
Research Area(s): Computational Multiscale/Multiphysics Modeling, Infrastructure and Renewable Energy Materials, Sustainable & Durable Cementitious Materials, Infrastructure Materials, Renewable Energy Materials, Critical Infrastructure Systems Resilience

Mojtaba Sadegh

Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering Department
ERB Room 4147
(208) 426-3774
mojtabasadegh@boisestate.edu
Mojtaba Sadegh’s Profile

Emphasis Area(s): Computational Science and Engineering, Data Science
Research Area(s): Water resource management and hydrological systems, Optimization And Statistical Analysis

Chemistry and Biochemistry Department

Owen McDougal

Professor/Chair, Chemistry and Biochemistry Department
SCNC Room 153C
(208) 426-3964
owenmcdougal@boisestate.edu
Owen McDougal’s Profile

Emphasis Area(s): Computational Science and Engineering
Research Area(s): Natural Products, Food and Dairy Chemistry

Lisa Warner

Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry Department
SCNC Room 154D
(208) 426-2260
lisawarner@boisestate.edu
Lisa Warner’s Profile

Emphasis Area(s): Computer Science
Research Area(s): Structural Biology, Protein/nucleic acid interaction, biomolecular structure computation

Computer Science Department

Tim Andersen

Professor, Computer Science Department
Co-Director, PhD in Computing
CCP Room 361
(208) 426-5768
tandersen@boisestate.edu
Tim Andersen’s Profile

Emphasis Area(s): Computational Science and Engineering, Computer Science, Data Science
Research Area(s): Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning

Steven Cutchin

Associate Professor, Computer Science Department
CCP Room 356
(208) 426-5053
stevencutchin@boisestate.edu
About Steve Cutchin

Currently advising or accepting new Computing PhD students

Emphasis Area(s): Computer Science, Data Science
Research Area(s): Scientific Data Visualization, Immersive Environments, Serious Games, High Performance Computing

Gaby Dagher

Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department
CCP Room 350
(208) 426-5782
gabydagher@boisestate.edu
Gaby Dagher’s Profile

Currently advising or accepting new Computing Ph.D. Students

Emphasis Area(s): Computer Science, Cyber Security
Research Area(s): Cyber Security, Applied Cryptography, Data Mining, Cloud Computing

Michael Ekstrand

Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department
CCP Room 255
michaelekstrand@boisestate.edu
Michael D. Ekstrand’s Profile

Currently advising or accepting new Computing PhD students

Emphasis Area(s): Computer Science, Data Science
Research Area(s): Human-Computer Interaction, Artificial Intelligence, Recommender Systems

Jerry Fails

Associate Professor, Computer Science Department
Graduate Coordinator, Computer Science Master Program
Computer Science Department, CCP Room 257
(208) 426-5783
jerryfails@boisestate.edu
Jerry Fails’ Profile

Currently advising or accepting new Computing PhD students

Emphasis Area(s): Computer Science, Data Science
Research Area(s): Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Participatory Design Finding, Analyzing and Making Sense Of Data/Information (For Children), Informal Science Experiences For Children, Fitness Technologies For Children, Security For Children

Yantian Hou

Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department
CCP Room 249
(208) 426-5739
yantianhou@boisestate.edu
Yantian Hou’s Profile

Emphasis Area(s): Computer Science, Cyber Security
Research Area(s): Cloud Computing Security, Wireless Network Coexistence, Wireless Security, Social Network Privacy

Amit Jain

Chair and Associate Professor, Computer Science Department
CCP Room 355
(208) 426-3821
ajain@boisestate.edu
Amit Jain’s Personal Website

Emphasis Area(s): Computational Science and Engineering, Computer Science, Data Science
Research Area(s): Parallel Algorithms and High Performance Computing, Beowulf Clusters, Cluster Tools, Parallel Application Development, Parallel Algorithms and Data Structures, Large Scale Data Analysis

Casey Kennington

Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department
CCP Room 254
(208) 426-5731
caseykennington@boisestate.edu
Information for Prospective Advising

Emphasis Area(s): Computer Science, Data Science
Research Area(s): Natural Language Processing, Dialogue Systems

Min Long

Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department
CCP Room 347
(208) 426-2499
minlong@boisestate.edu
Min Long’s Profile

Emphasis Area(s): Computational Science and Engineering
Research Area(s): Scientific computing, Hydrodynamics, Machine learning.

Hoda Mehrpouyan

Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department
CCP Room 252
(208) 426-2497
hodamehrpouyan@boisestate.edu
Hoda Mehrpouyan’s Profile

Emphasis Area(s): Computational Science and Engineering, Computer Science, Cyber Security, Data Science
Research Area(s): Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, Cyber-Physical Systems, Security, And Privacy

Catherine Olschanowsky

Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department
Computer Science Department, CCP Room 253
(208) 426-5730
catherineolschan@boisestate.edu
Catherine Olschanowsky’s Profile

Emphasis Area(s): Computational Science and Engineering, Computer Science, Data Science
Research Area(s): High-Performance Computing, Parallel Computing, Compiler Optimizations, Benchmark Development

Maria (Sole) Pera

Associate Professor, Computer Science Department
CCP Room 354
(208) 426-2487
solepera@boisestate.edu
Maria (Sole) Pera’s Profile

Currently advising or accepting new Computing Ph.D. Students

Emphasis Area(s): Computer Science, Data Science
Research Area(s): Information Retrieval, Information Access for Children, Web Search for the Classroom, Recommender Systems

Edoardo Serra

Associate Professor, Computer Science Department
CCP 349
(208) 426-2492
edoardoserra@boisestate.edu
Edoardo Serra’s Profile

Emphasis Area(s): Computer Science, Cyber Security, Data Science
Research Area(s): Data Science, Algorithms, Cyber Security, Data Mining

Elena Sherman

Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department
CCP Room 353
(208) 426-4030
elenasherman@boisestate.edu
Elena Sherman’s Profile

Emphasis Area(s): Computational Science and Engineering, Computer Science
Research Area(s): Software Engineering

Francesca Spezzano

Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department
CCP Room 348
Francesca Spezzano’s Profile

Emphasis Area(s): Computer Science, Data Science
Research Area(s): Social Network Analysis and Mining, Data Science

John Stubban

Affiliate Professor, Computer Science Department
(208) 972-4811
johnstubban@boisestate.edu
John Stubban’s Profile

Emphasis Area(s): Cyber Security, Computational Science and Engineering, Data Science
Research Area(s): Smart Grid and Industrial Cyber Security

Jidong Xiao

Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department
CCP Room 250
(208) 426-5785
jidongxiao@boisestate.edu
Jidong Xiao’s Profile

Emphasis Area(s): Computer Science, Cyber Security
Research Area(s): Cybersecurity

Jyh-haw Yeh

Associate Professor, Computer Science Department
CCP Room 247
(208) 426-3034
jhyeh@boisestate.edu
Jyh-haw Yeh’s Profile

Emphasis Area(s): Computer Science, Cyber Security
Research Area(s): Computer Security

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

Elisa H. Barney Smith

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
MEC Room 202C
(208) 426-2214
ebarneysmith@boisestate.edu
Elisa Barney’s Profile

Emphasis Area(s): Computational Science and Engineering, Computer Science
Research Area(s): Image Processing, Machine Learning

Kurtis Cantley

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
MCC Room 202B
(208) 426-5715
kurtiscantley@boisestate.edu
Kurtis Cantley’s Personal Website

Emphasis Area(s): Computational Science and Engineering, Computer Science, Data Science
Research Area(s): Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning

Hao Chen

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
MEC Room 202E
(208) 426-1020
haochen@boisestate.edu
Hao Chen’s Profile

Emphasis Area(s): Cyber Security
Research Area(s): Statistical Signal and Image Processing, Communications

Nader Rafla

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
MEC Room 202F
(208) 426-3711
nrafla@boisestate.edu
Nader Rafla’s Profile

Emphasis Area(s): Cyber Security
Research Area(s): Programmable Chips, Embedded & Microprocessor-Based System Design, Hardware Architectures

Geosciences Department

Alejandro N. Flores

Associate Professor, Geosciences Department
ERB Room 4151
(208) 426-2903
lejoflores@boisestate.edu
Alejandro N. Flores Profile

Emphasis Area(s): Computational Science and Engineering, Data Science
Research Area(s): Integrated Terrestrial System Modeling and Remote Sensing, Hydrometeorologic and Regional Climate Modeling, Ecosystem Dynamics Modeling, Agent Based Modeling for Bioregional Analysis, Remote Sensing of Terrestrial Ecohydrology

Nancy Glenn

Professor, Geosciences Department
ERB 4110
(208) 426-2933
nancyglenn@boisestate.edu
Nancy Glenn’s Profile

Emphasis Area(s): Data Science
Research Area(s): Terrestrial Remote Sensing and Image Processing, Remote Environment Sensing, Dryland Ecology, Geological Engineering

Jeffrey Johnson

Associate Professor, Geosciences Department
ERB Room 3157
(208) 426-2959
JeffreyBJohnson@boisestate.edu
Jeffrey Johnson’s Profile

Emphasis Area(s): Data Science
Research Area(s): Acoustic Methods For Volcanology

Hans-Peter Marshall

Associate Professor, Geosciences Department
ERB Room 3155
208-426-1416
hpmarshall@boisestate.edu
Hans-Peter Marshall’s Profile

Currently advising or accepting new Computing Ph.D. Students

Emphasis Area(s): Computational Science and Engineering, Data Science
Research Area(s): Geophysics & Glaciology, Data Fusion And Remote Sensing For The Cryosphere

Dylan Mikesell

Associate Professor, Geosciences Department
ERB Room 3165
(208) 426-1404
dylanmikesell@boisestate.edu
Dylan Mikesell’s Profile

Emphasis Area(s): Computational Science and Engineering, Data Science
Research Area(s): Computing, Seismology, Geophysics, Seismic Imaging & Monitoring

Human-Environment Systems Department

Vicken Hillis

Assistant Professor, Human-Environment Systems Department
ERB Room 4133
(208) 426-4251
vickenhillis@boisestate.edu
Vicken Hillis’ Profile

Emphasis Area(s): Computational Science and Engineering, Data Science
Research Area(s): Human-environment Systems Modeling and Data Visualization

Materials Science and Engineering Department

Will Hughes

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering Department
Director, Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering
RUCH Room 338D
(208) 426-2470
willhughes@boisestate.edu
Will Hughes’s Profile

Emphasis Area(s): Computational Science and Engineering
Research Area(s): Materials Science, Scanning Probe Microscopy, Nanomaterials, DNA Nanotechnology

Eric Jankowski

Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering Department
MEC Room 403B
(208) 426-5681
ericjankowski@boisestate.edu
Eric Jankowski’s Profile

Research Lab Presentation 

Emphasis Area(s): Computational Science and Engineering, Data Science
Research Area(s): Thermodynamics Applications, Molecular simulation, sustainable energy, soft matter, composite materials

Lan Li

Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering Department
MCMR Room 310C
(208) 426-5669
lanli@boisestate.edu
Lan Li’s Profile

Emphasis Area(s): Computational Science and Engineering
Research Area(s): Theoretical and Computational Materials Science

Mathematics Department

Liljana Babinkostova

Professor, Mathematics Department
MB Room 237A
(208) 426 – 2896
liljanababinkostova@boisestate.edu
Liljana’s Personal Website

Emphasis Area(s): Cyber Security
Research Area(s): Cryptography, Cryptanalysis, Post-Quantum Algorithms, Number Theory, Game Theory, Set-Theoretic Topology

Donna Calhoun

Associate Professor, Mathematics Department
MB 241A
(208) 426-3386
donnacalhoun@boisestate.edu
Donna Calhoun’s Personal Website

Emphasis Area(s): Computational Science and Engineering
Research Area(s): Applied Numerical Analysis and Computational Mathematics

Uwe Kaiser

Associate Professor/Associate Chair, Mathematics Department
MB Room 235C
(208) 426-2653
ukaiser@boisestate.edu
Uwe Kaiser’s Profile

Lightning Talk

Emphasis Area(s): Cyber Security
Research Area(s): Topology, Quantum Computing, Quantum Communication, Elementary Number Theory

Kyungduk Ko

Associate Professor, Mathematics Department
MB Room 222A
(208) 426-1123
kyungdukko@boisestate.edu
Kyungduk Ko’s Profile

Emphasis Area(s): Computational Science and Engineering, Data Science
Research Area(s): Long Memory Processes, Wavelet-Based Modeling, Bayesian Inference, Bayesian Statistics

Michal Kopera

Assistant Professor, Mathematics Department
MB Room 233B
(208) 426-1168
michalkopera@boisestate.edu
Michal Kopera’s Profile

Currently advising or accepting new Computing PhD students

Emphasis Area(s): Computational Science and Engineering
Research Area(s): Computational Mathematics, Ocean and Atmospheric Modeling, High-Performance Computing, Numerical Methods

Jaechoul Lee

Professor, Mathematics Department
MB Room 245B
(208) 426-5630
jaechoullee@boisestate.edu
Jaechoul Lee’s Profile

Emphasis Area(s): Computational Science and Engineering, Data Science
Research Area(s): Time Series, Extreme Value Analysis, Statistical Analysis in Large-Scale Data

Jodi Mead

Professor, Mathematics Department
Co-Director, PhD in Computing
MB Room 140A
(208) 426-2432
jmead@boisestate.edu
Jodi Mead’s Personal Website

Emphasis Area(s): Computational Science and Engineering, Data Science
Research Area(s): Inverse problems, computational algorithms, Geoscience

Marion Scheepers

Distinguished Professor, Mathematics Department
(208) 426-1356
mscheepe@boisestate.edu
Marion Scheepers’ Personal Website

Emphasis Area(s): Cyber Security
Research Area(s): Set Theory, Game Theory, Cryptology, Elementary algebra, combinatorics and number theory, and Algorithmic phenomena in Nature.

Grady Wright

Professor, Mathematics Department
MB Room 140
(208) 426-4674
gradywright@boisestate.edu
Grady Wright’s Profile

Emphasis Area(s): Computational Science and Engineering, Data Science
Research Area(s): Computational Math, Scientific Computing, Numerical Methods for PDEs, Approximation Theory, Mathematics of Data Science, Computational Geosciences, and Mathematical Biology

Barbara Zubik-Kowal

Professor, Mathematics Department
(208) 426-2802
zubik@diamond.boisestate.edu
Barbara Zubik-Kowal’s Profile

Emphasis Area(s): Computational Science and Engineering
Research Area(s): Computational and Applied Mathematics

Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering Department

Clare Fitzpatrick

Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering Department
RUCH Room 206
(208) 426-4027
clarefitzpatrick@boisestate.edu
Clare Fitzpatrick’s Profile

Currently advising or accepting new Computing PhD students

Emphasis Area(s): Computational Science and Engineering
Research Area(s): Computational Biomechanics

Mahmood Mamivand

Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering Department
RUCH Room 232
(208) 426-4193
mahmoodmamivand@boisestate.edu
Mahmood Mamivand’s Profile

Emphasis Area(s): Computational Science and Engineering, and Data Science
Research Area(s): Chemistry, processing, structure, and property in materials, aerospace materials, energy materials, and biomaterials.

Physics Department

Brian Jackson

Associate Professor, Physics Department
MPCB Room 426
(208) 426-3723
bjackson@boisestate.edu
Brian Jackson’s Profile

Lightning Talk

Emphasis Area(s): Data Science
Research Area(s): Astronomy, Exoplanet Time-series Analysis, Astrophysical Modeling

Heidi Wu

Assistant Professor, Physics Department
MPCB Room 421
(208) 426-2427
hywu@boisestate.edu
Heidi Wu’s Profile

Currently advising or accepting new Computing PhD students

Emphasis Area(s): Data Science
Research Area(s): Cosmology and extragalactic astrophysics, gravitational lensing, galaxy clusters