February 2019

Cancelled due to inclement weather. This meeting will NOT be offered virtually.

Monday, February 11, 2019

6:00 – 6:30 pm: Networking
6:30 – 8:00 pm: Business Meeting / Program

McNeely Hall, Room 106
2115 Summit Avenue, St. Paul

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The National Science Foundation Grant Process and the Value of High Speed Research Networks to Smaller Institutions

St. Thomas was awarded a $400,000 grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to implement a high-speed network for research. Thanks to the strong partnership between ITS, faculty in the colleges/schools and peer support from experienced staff at the U of M to create our submission, we are able to provide unprecedented capabilities for research on campus through this grant. Eric Tornoe and Will Bear spearheaded this project and presented on it at the NSF Campus Cyberinfrastructure and Cybersecurity Innovation Workshop this past September 25. The next steps for this first year will be focused on working with the faculty who shared their existing use cases for high-computing research to determine a plan  for implementation to meet their research needs, as well as practical design work in conjunction with the University of Minnesota’s Research Network Team.


This meeting will be available synchronously via Zoom.

To virtually attend the meeting:

  • The connection should be available by about 6:20 p.m.
  • Go to: https://stthomas.zoom.us
  • Select: Join Meeting.
  • Enter this meeting id: 2142709060 and Join.
  • You may wish to select Test computer mic and speakers.
  • Select: Join Audio Conference.

Using headphones usually provides better sound quality than relying on your computer’s speakers. Please keep in mind that we do not have the resources to provide professional-quality audio and video. The connection should be available by about 6:20 p.m. on the day of the meeting. DLF is an all-volunteer/free organization. We cannot provide technical support and are not directly affiliated with UST. Please do not contact UST if you experience problems signing in.


Eric J. Tornoe is the Associate Director of Research Computing at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. His responsibilities include coordinating research computing activity between researchers and central IT, facilitating development in Artificial Intelligence and Digital Humanities, and exploring emerging technologies and their pedagogical relevance. He has extensive experience in building deep learning systems, managing software development, 3D animation, and Virtual Reality authoring.