posted by: dthain
I am a faculty member in the department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. My research group designs and builds software systems that enable new scientific discoveries by harnessing large scale computer systems known as clusters clouds and grids. You can read more about my research at my research blog.
We in the College of Engineering are excited to take part in the NDeRC GK-12 program, which matches enterprising graduate students with educational opportunities in high schools. Our goals are to provide opportunities for high school students and teachers to gain exposure to cutting edge research, and for graduate students to develop career skills in education and outreach.
Science and engineering are of course closely related, but they have a different focus: a scientist works to discover how the natural work works, while an engineer builds things that address society’s problems. Our current GK-12 fellows in Engineering are Ryan Connaughton, who has brought his expertise in robotics to Riley High School, Matthew Crocker, who is studying nanotechnology for computer architecture, and Carolyn Bodak, who is studying groundwater modeling.
Congratulations and good luck to all of the GK-12 fellows!