About Dr. Byrd>



Since joining Purdue University, Polytechnic Institute in Computer Graphics Technology Dr. Byrd has demonstrated a commitment to community engaged scholarship that involves multidisciplinary collaborative efforts, outreach, broadening participation and inclusion in data visualization. Dr. Byrd’s engagement activities exemplify the utilization of data visualization across research and social boundaries.


Dr. Byrd continues to work towards the development of a collaborative research space that will facilitate more engagement across disciplines. Evidence of the recognition of her craft by her colleagues (both internal and external to Purdue University) can be seen in the local, national and international requests for invited talks and workshops. Dr. Byrd’s nationally recognized workshop, Broadening Participation in Visualization (BPViz) provides another level of engagement and inclusion of underrepresented groups in data visualization.

Proposals & Grants

Submitted (under review)​

February 10, 2017 | BPViz: Broadening Participation of Underrepresented Undergraduates in Visualization, $1,000.00, PI, Participant support for attendees of BPViz’17 in conjunction with IEEE Vis2017, October 2017.

2016–present | CGT Learning Community Faculty Liaison

Submitted (not funded)​

August 24, 2016 | REU Site: Purdue Polytechnic Institute (PPIVisREU) Research Experience for Building Undergraduate Competency in Data Visualization, PI, $867,094.00, PI, Interdisciplinary, Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates summer program.

January 20, 2016 | II-NEW: A Visualization Facility for Collaborative Interdisciplinary Research, $935,873, PI, Computing Research Infrastructure project to establish a Collaborative, Interdisciplinary Visualization Facility for Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research at Purdue.

2015–2016 | Polytechnic Mentorship Program Committee

University Level Committeee Assignments


April 2016–present | Parliamentarian for the Purdue Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff

October 1, 2016–present | Undergraduate Research Committee (nominated by the Dean, Gary Bertoline)

Short Courses and Workshops

June 26–July 02, 2016 | 2016 International High Performance Computing Summer School, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Invited short course, “Introduction to Scientific Visualization”


Dr. Byrd was invited to teach the short course, “Introduction to Scientific Visualization,” as part of the International High Performance Computing Summer School. In addition to teaching the course, Dr. Byrd mentored four students (international and US) participating in the program. Dr. Byrd was invited to teach after favorable reviews from 2015 student participants.

Invited Presentations

September 12–13, 2016 | 2016 Research & Technology Development Conference, Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla, MO, “Introduction to Visualization.”

July 7, 2016 | Invited Research Presentation, Purdue University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program, “Introduction to Data Visualization.”


April 22–23, 2016 | 2016 Extreme Science Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) Visualization Training, Albany State University, “Introduction to Visualization.”


February 17, 2016 | Invited Panelist, Price Waterhouse Cooper, Aspire to Lead Panel, Purdue University.

Diversity and Climate Activities

Faculty Liaison for Women in HPC Group at Purdue University

Outreach Activities

November 12, 2016 | Communicating Leadership and Advancing Innovation for Minorities in Technology (CLAIMiT) Camp, “Introduction to Data Visualization,” for 9th – 12th graders and their parents.


October 22, 2016 | Windows of Opportunity for Women in Technology (WOWiT), “Introduction to Data Visualization,” for 9th – 12th graders and their families. 

July 19, 2016 | Technology Advanced Girl Scouts (TAGS) Camp, “Introduction to Data Visualization."


March 6, 2016 | Discovering Opportunities in Technology (DOiT) Camp, “Introduction to Data Visualization,” for 11th graders.

Appearances in Media Interviews and Other Coverage

September 29, 2016 | New Women in high-performance computing group to hold first meeting Oct. 6  https://www.rcac.purdue.edu/news/888


February 2016 | Research at Purdue Social Media, Features 31 Purdue Women: Featured on Purdue University’s Facebook Page as one of Purdue’s 31 Women in Research.

Professional Activities Directly Related to Outreach and Engagement

November 2016 | Mentoring students at SC 2016, Salt Lake City, Utah.


November 2016 | Served in the Welcome Booth at SC 2016, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Donations Received to Facilitate Engagement

August 2016 |  A gift of $500 from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Participant Support for BPViz 2016

Other Major Engagement Activities

August 3–4, 2016 | Broadening Participation in Visualization (BPViz) Workshop. The 2nd Annual, nationally recognized, BPViz Workshop was hosted at Purdue University. The workshop was co-located with the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.