Dordt Awarded $362,589 Grant From NSF

Grant to Help Create New Science Network for Dordt

Erika Buiter, contributing writer

On July 1, Dordt was awarded a $362,589 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a project titled “Campus Cyberinfrastructure Network Design and Implementation for Small Institutions: Rural Campus Connectivity for Research and Teaching on the Prairie.”

The grant will allow Dordt to:

  • Create a high-speed computer network for the science departments on campus
  • Connect to “Internet 2,” a consortium that provides high-speed connectivity between academic and research institutions around the country
  • Extend the network to Dordt’s Agricultural Stewardship Center (ASC)

“In today’s world, data is created and captured at astounding rates that your everyday desktop machine cannot handle,” says Kari Sandouka, assistant professor of computer science. “This grant provides resources to obtain better processing abilities for scientific research.”

“The proposed upgrades will give Dordt a level of connectivity that is more typical of larger or urban institutions and will enhance ongoing STEM teaching and research by training and equipping students, teachers, and researchers in the use of data-intensive science methods,” says Dr. Channon Visscher, assistant professor of chemistry and planetary sciences.

Brian Van Donselaar, director of computer services, Dr. Nathan Tintle, professor of statistics, and Dr. Nick Breems, professor of computer science also helped with writing the grant proposal and will assist in directing the project.

“I’m very excited to move to the implementation phase of the project and can’t wait to see the outcomes,” Van Donselaar says.

The award began July 1, 2018 and will end June 30, 2020.