Four computer science students selected for national supercomputing program

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Four Marshall University undergraduates are among 90 students nationwide who have been selected to participate in the 2011-2012 EPSCoR Cyberinfrastructure Student Engagement Program.

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), the year-long program is designed to provide students opportunities to learn more about cyberinfrastructure—a term commonly used to refer to computational systems, data and information management, visualization environments and people, all linked together by collaborative software and advanced networks.

In the program, students will study high-performance and high-throughput computing, virtual organizations, data mining, data management, file systems/storage, visualization, networking and cloud services. The goal is to help them understand the potential of technology and supercomputing to enhance learning and research, and to train them to serve as cyberinfrastructure ambassadors on their own campuses.

The Marshall students selected to participate include Alex King, a senior from Fairmont; Mitchell Browning, a senior from Poca; Finley Hammond, a senior from Huntington; and Brandon Posey, a sophomore from Scott Depot. All four are computer science majors.

Dr. Paulus Wahjudi, assistant professor of computer science at Marshall, said “Having four students selected for this program is testimony to the quality of our program and our students. This is a great opportunity for them. They are excited to get started and we look forward to having them contribute to our cyberinfrastructure community here at Marshall.”

Dr. John Maher, Marshall’s vice president for research, said, “Marshall has one of the most powerful computing clusters available at any institution in the region, so having our students prepared to take full advantage of the opportunities it presents is vital. I congratulate our students for being selected.”

Participants will receive full financial support for the program, including travel expenses to attend an orientation meeting at Clemson University later this month and an end-of-year finale. Students also will participate in bimonthly webinars through September. Successful completion of the training program will qualify them for an expense-paid trip to SC12, an international supercomputing conference to be held in November in Salt Lake City.

For more information, contact Wahjudi at or (304) 696-5443.

To learn more about EPSCoR in West Virginia, visit


Contact:  Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304.746.1964