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Dr. Barry Myers
Associate Professor of Computer Science

Research Opportunities in Computer Science/ Bioinformatics/Robotics (jointly with Engineering)

After 10 years of professional software and systems development, Dr. Barry Myers completed his Ph.D. at the University of North Texas. After 2 years teaching at Colorado State-Pueblo, he came to NNU in 1998. Teaching most of the courses in the CS program leaves little time for research, but he has found time to work with students in bioinformatics and recently began the development of a joint robotics research program with Engineering to provide opportunities for students to work on interesting projects. Dr. Myers is also available to his students as a research or project advisor for senior projects. Some recent student project titles include: Android Application for Medical Forms, A Wesley Commentary Mobile Application, Web Based I/O Monitoring and Control, A Smart Phone Application to Measure Addictions, The Effects of Repetitive Elements on the Composition of the Human Genome. Dr. Myers also employs students to help administer, maintain, and upgrade the CS Lab, used for both student/faculty research and for CS course projects.

CS Lab equipment includes:

  • GPU Node (gpu.cs.nnu.edu)
    • Purpose
      • Run CUDA capable code
    • OS
      • CentOS 6.2
    • Hardware
      • 1 Tesla M2090 GPU
      • 96 GB RAM
      • (2) Intel Quad Core EXXXX
  • RAID System (nfs.cs.nnu.edu)
    • Purpose
      • RAID Storage for Research Lab
      • Local CentOS Mirror (For updating local systems)
    • OS
      • CentOS 6.2
    • Hardware
      • 24 GB RAM
      • 40 GB of RAID 1 System Storage
      • 2.2 TB of RAID 10 Storage
      • 2.7 TB of Backup RAID 1 Storage
  • Dell ESXi Server (moriarty.cs.nnu.edu)
    • Purpose
      • Run Virtual Machines
      • Important virtual machines for lab infrastructure. (DNS, firewall, logs, OpenVPN, Web Server)
    • OS
      • VMWare ESXi 5.1
    • Hardware
      • Intel Xeon E5620 Quad Core (2)
      • 32 GB RAM
      • Storage
        • RAID 1 1.8 TB
        • RAID 0 1.8 TB
  • IBM xSeries (zephyr.cs.nnu.edu)
    • Purpose
      • Active Directory Domain Controller
    • OS
      • Windows 2008 R2
    • Hardware
      • Old
  • IBM xSeries (minuet.cs.nnu.edu)
    • Purpose
      • CCDC Server
    • OS
      • ESXi 4.1
    • Hardware
      • Old
  • Apple Head Node and RAID (peanut.cs.nnu.edu)
    • Purpose
      • None
    • OS
      • Gentoo
    • Hardware


The following machines are used in the Lab, but are not in the Server Closet.
 
  • Lab Workstations (5)
    • Purpose 
      • Research / Lab Work
    • OS 
      • Varies
    • Hardware
      • Intel i5 2.80 GHz
      • 8 GB RAM
      • 500 GB Hard Drive
  • Dell GX620 (6)
    • Purpose
      • Hadoop Test Cluster (4)
      • VNC Client for Virtual Machines (2)
    • OS
      • CentOS
    • Hardware
      • 2GB RAM (5) 1GB RAM (1)
      • Pentium 4
      • 80 GB Hard Drive 


Software:
 
  • Matlab
  • Mathematica
 

Dr. Dale Hamilton
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Dale Hamilton joined the Math and Computer Science Department at Northwest Nazarene University in August, 2013.  His courses include:
Computer Programming 1 (C/C++)
Data Structures
Introduction to Web Development
Event Driven Programming
Computer Architecture 
Introduction to Spatial Analysis
Algorithms Design and Analysis
Machine Learning


Dale is also responsible for enhancing the internship opportunities for Computer Science majors, supervisory responsibility for the departmental computer lab and mentorship of the Computer Club.
Dale is also a PhD student in Computer Science at the University of Idaho.  His research includes development of analytics for mapping wildland fire severity and extent from hyper-resolution Unmanned Aircraft System (drone) imagery.  Dale has been awarded multiple NASA grants to support this research effort.

Prior to coming to Northwest Nazarene University, Dale has spent 13 years as a Lead Software Engineer/Project Manager at Systems for Environmental Management, writing software modeling fire behavior and effects, ecological departure and remote sensing under contracts with the USDA Forest Service.  Since coming to NNU, Dale has consulting with the Forest Service, continuing his research into wildland fire behavior and effects, ecological departure and remote sensing.

Prior to going to SEM, Dale worked for Boeing Commercial Aircraft Company for 5 years writing Computer Aided Software Engineering Tools.  After Boeing Dale worked for 10 years at the University of Montana and Systems and Computer Technology (SCT) writing Oracle applications supporting the administrative computing needs of various universities.  Dale spent an additional year working for Fireball IT Solutions writing software to control a helicopter mounted infrared camera used for mapping wildland fires.  Dale also worked for a year with Visual Learning Systems writing ArcGIS based tools that use artificial intelligence to extract features from raster imagery.

Almost 100% of NNU’s computer science majors graduate in four years, not only saving the cost of a 5th year of college required by most computer science majors at other universities—but also earning a lucrative beginning salary.

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