Summer Visiting Faculty Program

The primary objective of this 12-week program is to support and guide faculty from Boise State University, Idaho State University and University of Idaho in the development of a submission-ready research proposal in collaboration with a researcher at Idaho National Laboratory (INL), who will serve as co-PI. Awardees receive a summer stipend, which could be used to support students assisting with the project.P 10240 001.jpg?fit=scale&fm=pjpg&h=681&ixlib=php 3.3 Summer Visiting Faculty Program

Awardees will participate in professional development, seminars and informational sessions aimed at building the faculty members understanding of the US Department of Energy and its core capabilities, INL’s strategic initiatives and areas of interest, and best practices in cross-institutional collaboration. Long-term objectives of the program include continued partnerships between the faculty member, INL and the CAES consortium, strengthening the consortium’s inclusive research community and support STEM research and education across Idaho through collaborative university and laboratory networks.

Interested faculty should contact CAES Research, Education and Innovation Specialist Dr. Hillary Fishler ([email protected]).


  • Provides summer funding for selected faculty to work jointly with an INL researcher on a joint proposal for external funding
  • Opportunity to build lasting networks while building new connections
  • Provides faculty with exposure to the inner workings of a national lab and knowledge of national lab capabilities and expertise
  • Provides INL researchers with exposure to new diversified funding opportunities and potential to work and connect with students


  • Create robust connections between faculty and INL researchers
  • Create long-term impact to university and INL programs
  • Bring in external funding to complete innovative and inspiring research providing value to institutions, INL, and funding agency
  • Facilitate student integration into joint research

CSVFP cohorts

CSVFP YearInstitutionFaculty Member AwardeeFocus AreaINL CollaboratorsProjectProposed Funding AgencyProposed Amount
2021Boise State UniversityDan DengComputing, Data, VisualizationCasey IcenhourAn open source multiphysics platform for studying magnetorestrictive materials and devicesNSF DMR
2021Boise State UniversityYantian HouNuclear EnergyKoushik A. Manjunatha; Vivek K. SinghProtection and Threat Mitigation of DER Wireless InfrastructureNSF CPS
2021Boise State UniversityMin LongComputing, Data, VisualizationYidong Xia, Trishelle Copeland-JohnsonDiscovery of Corrosion Resistant Alloys for Nuclear Applications Using Data Informed ComputingNEUP700,000
2021Boise State University Yang (Frank) LuInnovative Energy SystemsBinghui LiData-enabled holistic optimization of integrated passive and grid-interactive design for energy efficient buildingsDOE EERE1,000,000
2021Boise State UniversityJayash PaudelEnergy PolicyLionel Toba, Mamunur RahmanModeling energy poverty in the USUS EPA65,000
2021Idaho State UniversityAndrew ChryslerCybersecurityJohn BeckSpectrum Analysis for Detection of Malware in RFID TagsDOE464,000
2021Idaho State UniversityMostafa FoudaCybersecurityKurt Derr5G Security through Artificial IntelligenceDOD450,000
2021Idaho State UniversityMustafa MashalNuclear EnergyChandu Bolisetti, Som DhulipalaPotential Applications of Ultra–High Performance Concrete (UHPC) in Nuclear Energy, Defense, and Homeland SecurityARPA-E1,300,000
2021Idaho State UniversityIrene van WoerdenNuclear EnergyRajiv KhadkaSensor Analytics: Innovation in fission battery development and deploymentDOE
2021University of IdahoDave ArcilesiNuclear EnergyAmey ShigrekarNot Received
2021University of IdahoVibhav DurgeshNuclear EnergyStephen HancockThermo-fluid characterization of flow in nuclear reactorsCINR
2021University of IdahoMichael MaughanAdv. ManufacturingThomas LilloIn-Situ Quenching for Additive Manufacturing of Cost Effective High-Temperature Powerplant ComponentsDOE, NASA, ARO, ANR800,000
2021University of IdahoRick SheldonCybersecurityCraig RiegerSecurity analytics for cyber physical systems and IoTDOE
2021University of IdahoDamon WoodsInnovative Energy SystemsBhaskar MitraDemand response capabilities of a ground-source neighborhood networkNSF2,000,000
2020Boise State UniversityTodd OtanicarEnergy-Water NexusAaron WilsonThermal Gradient Reverse Osmosis — Pathway to Low Energy Thermal DesalinationEERE, NSF247,000
2020Boise State UniversityMarion ScheepersCybersecurityKatya LeBlancThe Human Factor and Threat Mitigation in CyberspaceDOD, NSF
2020Idaho State UniversityAmir AliNuclear EnergySuJong Yoon, Piyush SabharwallScaling distortions and high-quality thermal-hydraulic validation data for pebble-bed reactorsNEUP800,000
2020Idaho State UniversityDan LaBrierNuclear EnergyBryce KellyDevelopment of Advanced Manufactured High-Temperature-Resistant Permanent MagnetsNEUP, NSUF260,000
2020Idaho State UniversityAnna McCarreyNuclear EnergyRon Boring, Tina MiyakeIdentifying the effects of age and increased automation on human performance in the nuclear control room workspaceNEUP600,000
2020Idaho State UniversityIrene van WoerdenEnergy PolicyRae MossPerceptions of Nuclear energy across IdahoNE, IGEM, WECC228,496
2020University of IdahoHangtian LeiCybersecurityTim McJunkin, Luo YushengAdaptive Cyber Protection for Intelligent Electronic Devices in Smart SubstationsDOE400,000
2019Boise State UniversityLiljana BabinkostovaCybersecurityRobert ErbesIntegrating Algebraic Structures and Side Channel Attacks for Lightweight and Post-Quantum Cryptographic ProtocolsNSF SATC CORE
2019Boise State UniversityDan DengAdvanced ManufacturingMichael ShaltryMicro-Scale Additive Manufacturing of Shape Memory Thin FilmsNSF Additive Manufacturing470,361.00
2019Boise State UniversityDave EstradaEnergy-Water NexusRebecca FushimiEmerging 2-Dimensional Materials for Process IntensificationACS PRF110,000
2019Boise State UniversityMike HurleyAdvanced ManufacturingDonna Guillen3D Metal Printer to Enable Innovations in Nuclear Materials and SensorsNSUF
2019Boise State UniversityBrian JacquesNuclear EnergySubhashish MeherNovel Hierarchical Nickel-based Superalloys for Molten Chloride Salt ReactorsCINR
2019Boise State UniversityNirmala KandadaiEnergy-Water NexusJosh DawSilicon Carbide based hardened Raman and Infrared Thermography Temperature SensorsDOD DTRA162,140
2019Boise State UniversityMichal KoperaComputing, Data, VisualizationCody PermannHigh-resolution Dynamic interface Model of Ice/ocean interactions in Arctic FjordsNSF311,042
2019Boise State UniversityMin LongAdvanced Manufacturing; Computing, Data, VisualizationLarry AagesenAn Integrated Experimental and Computational Study on Irradiation Effects of Additive Manufacturing MaterialsNSUF500,000
2019Boise State UniversityEdoardo SerraCybersecurity; Computing, Data, VisualizatioinShane StaileyEnhancing workforce development and early outreach to advance data-driven cyber physical securityIdaho STEM Action Center P3; NSF450,000
2019Idaho State UniversityTony ForestNuclear Energy; Computing, Data, VisualizationDaniel SchwenA Validation of Radiation Induced Swelling for Materials used in Micro-Reactor Structural SystemsNEUP374,180
2019Idaho State UniversityLeslie KerbyComputing, Data, VisualizationLeah GuzowskiApplied Data Science and Machine Learning in Python Boot CampARPA-E, IGEM, NNSA32,500
2019Idaho State UniversityMustafa MashalInnovative Energy Systems; CybersecurityMatthew WatrousEarthquake Luminosities (EQLs): Fundamental Understanding of the Phenomenon and Identifying Potential ApplicationsDOD DTRA20,000
2019Idaho State UniversityYaqi YouNuclear Energy, Energy Water Nexus; CybersecurityChenlin LiHarness Agricultural Biowastes for Sustainable Food- Energy-Water Nexus: Maximizing Biochar Potential for Microbiome-mediated Soil HealthNSF507,718
2019University of IdahoCostas KoliasCybersecurityCraig RiegerAn Immutable Device Authentication Technology Based on Radiant Analog BehaviorNSF SaTC Core/TTP800,000
2019University of IdahoMichael McKellarNuclear Energy; Advanced Manufacturing; Innovative Energy SystemsDonna GuillenTechnical and Economic Analyses of Power Conversion Units for Micro-Reactors.DOE RC 2.3800,000
2019University of IdahoThomas PtakEnergy PolicyNoel BakhtianEnergy Pipeline for Idaho Partnership in Education (EPIPE)NSF IUSE570,000
2019University of IdahoZouheior RezkiCybersecurityArup BhuyanResilient and Secure Sensor Networks for Efficient Autonomous Operations and Remote Control on ReactorsNSF CPS598,881
2019University of IdahoMin XianComputing, Data, VisualizationNoel BakhtianPCDD: Physics-constrained Data-driven Framework for Multiphase Flow Modeling of Nuclear ReactorsNEUP466,000
2018Boise State UniversityMike HurleyNuclear EnergyGabriel IlevbareUsing additive manufacturing to tailor the corrosion performance of stainless steel (title used for future Single Investigator Call ) Novel Nanoscale Electrochemical Characterization for the Qualification of Advanced Manufactured Alloys (title for contribution to collaborative proposals, specific alloy dependent on proposal call: DOE= Stainless Steel, DoD SBIR Phase II= Glassy Aluminum Alloys)DOE NEUP
2018University of IdahoDave ArcilesiNuclear EnergyDonna GuillenNot Received
2018University of IdahoMichael HaneyCybersecuritySteve Hartenstein, Wayne AustadNuclear Operator Cybersecurity Research and DevelopmentLDRD125,000
2018University of IdahoMichael McKellarNuclear EnergyDonna GuillenBenefit of Collaboration Technical and Economic Analysis of Power Conversion Units for Special Reactors, Special Purpose or Micro Nuclear Reactors produce power in the range of 2 MWe to 20 MWe and Technical Abstract TEA of PCUs for SPRs NE380,000
2018University of IdahoDakota RobersonCybersecuritySteve Hartenstein, Wayne AustadWide-Area Control Learning Archetypes Responsive to Compensator Output and Facilities, Equipment, and Other Resources University of Idaho — Idaho Falls NSF
2022University of IdahoAlex VakanskiComputing, Data, VisualizationYachun Wang, Fei XuModeling Creep Mechanism in Nuclear Materials using Machine LearningDOE NUEP: NSUF R&D CT-3.2 Advanced Creep Mechanisms
2022University of IdahoMatthew SwensonNuclear Energy, Advanced ManufacturingKaustabh BawaneThe combined effects of laser weld joining and irradiation on advanced alloysDOE-NE — Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research (CINR) NSF - Division of Materials Research: Topical Materials Research Programs (DMR:TMRP)
2022University of IdahoHasan JamilCybersecurityShad StaplesA Best-Effort Damage Mitigation Model for Cyber-Attacks on Smart GridsNSF SaTC, NSF CICI, DHS and DOE
2022Idaho State UniversityMinhaz ZibranComputing, Data, VisualizationAustin Carter, Josh Peterson-Droogh, Andrew BascomVerification, Validation, and Quality Assurance of Computational Tools Associated with Experimental Irradiation ExperimentsDOE, DOD, NSF (SaTC, CISE)
2022Idaho State UniversityRajib MahamudNuclear EnergyAhmed HamedMultiphysics Modeling of Hydrogen Deflagration in the Event of a Severe Nuclear AccidentDepartment of Energy [Project Assessment (OP), Basic Energy Sciences (BES), and Nuclear Physics (NP)] ; NSF (Combustion and Fire Systems)
2022Boise State UniversityDazhi YangComputing, Data, VisualizationJohn Koudelka, Hillary FishlerUsing Visualization in Resilient Renewable Energy Education for Future Energy Consumers and Innovators NSF AISL