National Science Foundation (NSF) Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*) PI and Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI) PI Workshop Assembled Experts in New Mexico

National Science Foundation (NSF) Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*) PI and Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI) PI Workshop Assembled Experts in New Mexico

HARRISBURG, PA (October 13) – The Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER), in collaboration with The Quilt, a national consortium of research and education networks across the US, hosted the NSF Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*) Principal Investigators (PI) and Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI) PI Workshop in Albuquerque, NM last week. The event convened 149 participants representing 111 different institutions across the US.

This was the third annual workshop of the NSF Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*) Program PIs. It was the second workshop to include the Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI) PIs. Building upon the success of the previous workshops, this year’s combined event emphasized the critical role of cybersecurity innovation as essential to campus, regional, and national cyberinfrastructure. At the workshop, NSF award recipients met in-person, exchanged project findings, interacted with national cyberinfrastructure experts and collaborated across project areas and project regions.

“The success of the Albuquerque 2017 PI Workshop, which builds on the past two workshops, is based on the meaningful dialogue among a diverse set of colleagues discussing the latest research, best practices and possibilities for advanced cyberinfrastructure in support of science research and education applications,” said Wendy Huntoon, KINBER’s president and CEO.

“The Albuquerque workshop assembled a unique set of individuals, program topics, and discussion that formed the basis for addressing challenges as well as possibilities for advanced cyberinfrastructure. New to the this year’s workshop was a smaller very successful session focused on the emerging role of the Cyberinfrastructure Engineer in supporting campus cyberinfrastructure and secure applications,” said Jen Leasure, president and CEO of The Quilt.

The workshop promoted dialogue across a range of important and timely topics in campus networking including the larger context of campus cyberinfrastructure and cyberinfrastructure security.

The 2017 PI Workshop was again co-located with two other community meetings, the ESnet Site Coordinators Committee (ESCC) meeting and The Quilt Fall Member Meeting. The three events convened 270 participants representing  171 institutions. Joint programming with the other two co-located event participants on Oct. 3-5 provided an opportunity to develop stronger ties between campus cyberinfrastructure, network security, science driven applications and regional networks as technical and cyberinfrastructure resources.

Presentations from the workshop, which was supported by NSF grant 1745644, are available online here to provide an ongoing resource for the national community on campus cyberinfrastructure and cybersecurity research and practices.


The Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) is Pennsylvania’s statewide research, education and community network. The non-profit membership organization is comprised of education, healthcare, economic development, libraries, public media, government and other non-profit organizations devoted to fostering collaboration through technology. Established in 2010 through a $99.6 million grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, KINBER provides network connectivity and services to more than 80 organizations in Pennsylvania. KINBER is committed to delivering equitable, reliable and affordable digital infrastructure and tools to inspire tomorrow’s scientific discoveries, enable the exchange of ideas and culture among diverse populations, educate the next generation of citizens and revitalize Pennsylvania’s economy. For more information, visit or follow @KINBER on Twitter.

About The Quilt

The Quilt is the national coalition of advanced regional networks for research and education, representing 36 networks across the country. Participants in The Quilt provide advanced network services and applications to over 900 universities and thousands of other educational institutions. With the goal of promoting consistent, reliable, interoperable and efficient advanced networking services that extend to the broadest possible community; and to represent common interests in the development and delivery of advanced network services, The Quilt: For more information, visit

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