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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 with my dance family at Starbelly School of Dance, and spending time with my husband and our two fur kids.

    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 with my dance family at Starbelly School of Dance, and spending time with my husband and our two fur kids.

  • 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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