David Joiner
David A. Joiner is the Kenneth L. Estabrook professor of Science, Technology, and Mathematics Education at Kean University in the New Jersey Center for Science, Technology, and Mathematics, where he teaches a course on high performance computing. His work includes computational science education, data science, and the application of computational science to problems in astronomy. Joiner is developing software tools for performing scientific visualization and analysis in virtual reality environments, including a recent NIH funded project focused on confocal microscope data and projects related to the detection and classification of pollen grains for pollen counting. Joiner’s work in educational technology focuses on building hardware and software tools that enhance the classroom.

He helped to develop the Computational Science Education Reference Desk, a component of the National Science Digital Library, and is a member of the LittleFe team that builds and designs portable cluster computers for classroom use. He has worked with the Shodor Education Foundation helping to design such tools as Project Interactivate and the Modeling and Simulation Tools for Education Reform.

As an astrophysicist, Joiner’s work focuses on modeling properties of the interstellar medium, particularly through the use of radiative transfer for embedded objects such as asymptotic giant branch stars and cataclysmic objects such as novae. Additionally, he maintains a 130-node cluster and a CAVE visualization facility on Kean's campus. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1999.
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