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Meet Candidates for New Director of Research Computing

Brightly colored perspective of a hallway featuring computer servers on each side

Max Davis-Johnson, associate vice president and chief information officer, invites the campus community to attend public forums followed by question/answer sessions for two candidates vying for director of research computing at Boise State.

Each candidate will deliver a 15-minute presentation based on the following question: “How would you engage the campus community to grow research and Research Computing for Boise State?” An open session will follow.

Candidates will present on the following dates:

Scotty Strachan, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Monday, November 29, Liberal Arts Building Rm. 106 (and Zoom)

Strachan is director of cyberinfrastructure at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he works to accelerate research activity through use of specialized networking, computing, and data management.

He is also an environmental scientist with expertise in mountain systems, ecohydrology, palaeoclimate, dendrochronology, and semi-arid ecosystems. In this capacity, Strachan is director of the Nevada Climate-ecohydrology Assessment Network, a set of long-term mountain gradient observations sites in the Great Basin, North America. This network remains a partnership between the University of Nevada, Reno, the Desert Research Institute, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Ira Burton, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Friday, December 3, Liberal Arts Building Rm. 106 (and Zoom)

Burton is a maker, innovator, designer, and leader with 25 years of experience creating high-performance measurement equipment. As director of strategic engineering at Micron, his focus is collaboration; finding partnerships delivering timely impact, positive return on investment, and disruptive innovation.

As a Bronco alum (MS in Computer Science), he appreciated invitations to share industry perspectives with the CS Professionals Hatchery and the Pacific Northwest LSAMP Conference. Burton’s drive is personal and professional development, currently growing as a mentor while juggling eight mentees. He has a longstanding desire to see Boise State reach the next level in research impact. And, he is pretty fond of computers.

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