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Program Staff

Co-Directors and Support Staff

  • Portrait of Jodi Mead

    Dr. Jodi Mead

    Program Co-Director

    Professor – Department of Mathematics

    Professor – Department of Mathematics

  • Dr. Tim Andersen

    Program Co-Director

    Professor – Department of Computer Science

    Professor – Department of Computer Science

  • Portrait of Keela Cooper

    Keela Cooper

    Program Administrator

    As the program administrator for the Ph.D. in Computing, I help the program Co-Directors with the management and administrative aspects of the program. I assist students and faculty with advising, proposal, and defense support, and serve as the first point of contact for any questions about the program.

    In my free time, I love playing board games, dancing, and spending time with my husband and our two dogs.

    City Center Plaza (CCP) 364A

    As the program administrator for the Ph.D. in Computing, I help the program Co-Directors with the management and administrative aspects of the program. I assist students and faculty with advising, proposal, and defense support, and serve as the first point of contact for any questions about the program.

    In my free time, I love playing board games, dancing, and spending time with my husband and our two dogs.

  • Portrait of Brianna Siftar

    Brianna Siftar

    Student Admin Assistant

    Three years ago, I moved from Alaska in search of a higher education. When I started at Boise State University, I found a job with the Office of Continuous Improvement in the Universal Financial Services Department. There I improved accounting practices in Oracle Financial Cloud for Boise State. When I was admitted into the College of Business and Economics, I decided to major in Finance which lead me to apply for my current position with the Computing PhD Program where I perform payroll activities as well as admission processes for future PhD Students. I also help a lot with the functionality of the PhD Computing website.

    Three years ago, I moved from Alaska in search of a higher education. When I started at Boise State University, I found a job with the Office of Continuous Improvement in the Universal Financial Services Department. There I improved accounting practices in Oracle Financial Cloud for Boise State. When I was admitted into the College of Business and Economics, I decided to major in Finance which lead me to apply for my current position with the Computing PhD Program where I perform payroll activities as well as admission processes for future PhD Students. I also help a lot with the functionality of the PhD Computing website.

Hear from a Current Student!

“The generous way [the program staff has] helped me throughout all the application process has a very positive impact on me about the university administration.”

– Maisha Maliha, PhD Student with an Emphasis in Data Science

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