Science Gateways Bootcamp: Strategies for Developing, Operating, and Sustaining Your Gateway

Applications for this session are closed as of 2/22/17. We will update this page with information about the next bootcamp as soon as it’s available.


View the workshop flyer (PDF).

This intensive workshop will take place April 24-28, 2017 at the Purdue Research Park of Indianapolis, Indiana, and has been designed by the SGCI Incubator team for leaders of innovative digital offerings, sometimes called gateways, who are seeking to further develop and scale their work. Participants will engage in hands-on activities to help them articulate the value of their work to key stakeholders and to create a strong development, operations, and sustainability plan. Workshop participants will work closely with one another and, as a result, have the opportunity to network and establish relationships with people who are engaging in similar activities.

Participants will learn:

  • Core business strategy skills as they apply to leading an online digital presence – understanding stakeholder and user needs; business, operations, finance, and resource planning; project management
  • Technology best practices – the principles of cybersecurity; software architecture, development practices, and tools that ensure implementation of strong software engineering methods; usability do’s and don’ts
  • Long-term sustainability strategies – alternative funding models; case studies of successful gateway efforts; licensing choices and their impact on sustainability; planning for and measuring your impact

By the end of the workshop, participants will have developed a working hypothesis of their sustainability strategy and identified the key action steps to get there.

Science gateways are used today to provide access to many of the tools used in cutting‐edge research including data collections, visualization tools, computational services, remote telescopes, seismic shake tables, supercomputers, sky surveys, and undersea sensors. Such gateways connect often‐diverse resources in a scalable way that saves researchers and institutions both time and money.

Some examples of science gateways are:

  • The premier place for computational nanotechnology research, education, and collaboration.
  • The Science and Engineering Applications Grid (SEAGrid) empowers researchers to easily use scientific applications deployed across a wide range of supercomputers, campus clusters, and computing cloud.
  • Science Gateway Platform as a Service (SciGaP) provides application programmer interfaces (APIs) to hosted generic infrastructure services that can be used by domain science communities to create Science Gateways.
  • provides the life sciences community with a robust cyber infrastructure platform that enables scientific discovery through research and computational thinking.
  • CIPRES ( The CIPRES Science Gateway V. 3.3 is a public resource for inference of large phylogenetic trees.


Workshop Instructors:

Michael Zentner, Ph.D., MBA: Director of the SGCI Incubator, Senior Research Scientist and Director of HUBzero Platform for Science and Engineering, Entrepreneur in Residence at the Purdue Foundry.
Michael has been a technology company founder or senior team member for 18 years, has worked extensively to apply research in industry, and currently oversees the development and deployment of the HUBzero science gateway platform, a self sustaining business unit at Purdue University.  Michael is also co-PI on the project, a science gateway serving millions of visitors annually, at Purdue where he leads the impact analytics effort.

Betsy Hillery, MBA: SGCI Incubator. Manager, Research Support Operations, Research Computing, Purdue University.
Betsy has been doing project management at Purdue University for over 6 years. Previously, Betsy worked as a software developer and in management in the healthcare industry. Betsy currently assists Dr. Zentner with the SGCI Incubator initiative and leads Hubzero Platform’s delivery and deployment.

Juliana Casavan: Entrepreneurial Programs Manager, The Foundry, Purdue University.
Juliana provides educational and workshop opportunities for clients of the Foundry, a nationally recognized leader in translation of research to market, with the primary workshop called LaunchBox. She has been providing the LaunchBox program to faculty, staff, students and community members for over 4 years.

Sandra Gesing, Ph.D.: Research assistant professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering and computational scientist, Center for Research Computing, University of Notre Dame.
Sandra’s research focuses on science gateways, workflows and distributed computing and she has organized and chaired dozens of international workshops and conferences. Additionally, she has perennial experience as project manager and system developer in industry and is the founder of a start-up company.

Randy Heiland, M.S., M.A.: Senior Systems Analyst/Programmer, Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research (CACR), Indiana University, Bloomington.
Randy is a computer scientist and applied mathematician who has worked in industry, government labs, and academia. He joined CACR in 2013 and contributes to the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (

Nancy Maron, M.A.: Founder and Principal, BlueSky to BluePrint.
Nancy is founder of BlueSky to BluePrint, a strategic research and consulting organization.  She is author of several research reports and guides on business strategy and sustainability including A Guide to the Best Revenue Models and Funding Sources for your Digital Resources (2014), Sustaining the Digital Humanities: Host Institution Support Beyond the Start-up Phase (June 2014) and many case studies of sustainable initiatives. She created and regularly leads workshops in sustainability and business strategy, including the Sustaining Digital Resources course.

Suresh Marru, M.S.: Suresh Marru is the deputy director of the Science Gateway Research Center at Indiana University and vice-president of the Apache Airavata project. He is an avid advocate of applying meritocratic governance principles to open source communities and is a nominated Member of the Apache Software Foundation. His research interest is to advance the deep and wide boundaries of computational and data sciences empowered by Science Gateways.

Nayiri Mullinix, M.A.: Community Engagement and Exchange Coordinator, Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI).
Nayiri oversees community engagement for SGCI, which includes organizing a variety of opportunities for exchange and providing diverse resources and professional development opportunities.

Mihaela Vorvoreanu, Ph.D.: Associate Professor, Department of Computer Graphics Technology, Purdue University.
Dr. Vorvoreanu’s work focuses on User Experience (UX). Her research interests include the usability and trustworthiness of large data analytic systems. She has taught UX and usability for several years and currently leads an undergraduate major in UX at Purdue University.



Teams of project leaders are strongly encouraged to apply. Teams should include both the project “owner” and the tech lead. The person attending as the “owner” may be the project’s Principal Investigator, or the business owner or entrepreneurial lead. If there is a third person you would like to include, please include this in your application. Only one application is needed per team.

For this session, we will be selecting 6–10 teams to participate, based on their potential to deliver significant value to the community. Teams with projects that have already launched and have active users are preferred, but early-stage initiatives will also be considered. We can only accept a limited number of teams for 2017, and it is expected that this session will fill quickly. Applications will be reviewed and notification of acceptance will be sent the week of 2/27/2017.

There is no cost to participate in the workshop. Breakfast, lunch, and two dinners will be provided. Attendees will need to pay for travel, hotel, and remaining dinners. Upon admission to the program, participants will receive information concerning travel and hotel options.

To apply, please complete this form.


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This project is funded by the National Science Foundation under award number ACI-1547611. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.