Designed especially for neurobiologists, FluoRender is an interactive tool for multi-channel fluorescence microscopy data visualization and analysis.
Deep brain stimulation
BrainStimulator is a set of networks that are used in SCIRun to perform simulations of brain stimulation such as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and magnetic transcranial stimulation (TMS).
Developing software tools for science has always been a central vision of the SCI Institute.

What is CIP?

CI Professionals refers to the community of individuals who provide a broad spectrum of skills and expertise to the scientific and engineering research enterprise by inventing, developing, deploying and/or supporting research CI and CI users. Examples of CI Professionals include CI system administrators, CI research support staff, CI research software engineers, data curators, and CI facilitators, and may also include computational research scientists and engineers who are not in traditional academic paths.

What is the SCI CIP Co-Op?

The SCI CIP Co-Op is a voluntary community of research computing and data experts at SCI working together in supporting and sustaining SCI’s world-class research efforts. These experts (CIP), hold various titles which include software developer or software engineer, and perform a wide range of advanced services fostering the growing SCI research enterprise.

The Co-Op provides researchers and CIP at SCI with a unified environment whereby software development, communication, training and planning efforts can be coordinated seamlessly across the various research projects at SCI. While the individual projects might use one or two CIPs, the Co-Op offers the support, collaboration, and resources of a larger development team by pooling the collective efforts of the dozens of CIP across SCI.

SCI’s CIPs provide high-quality, and reliable software in support of SCI research projects. The Co-Op will provide a stable lifecycle for software projects, maintain an efficient development process and create a community whereby CIP and research projects will continue to thrive.

What are the major components of the Co-Op?

While there are a wide range of benefits to CIP and PIs by participating in the Co-Op the primary components of the community include the following:
  • Skills training for existing and future projects
  • Bridge funding as ramp up or ramp down
  • Career planning and retention
  • Uniform annual goal setting and evaluation
  • SCI-wide coordination with PIs of personnel, workload and communication

Co-Op Training Events

These training events are free and open to anyone in the higher ed community in Utah. They are hybrid in-person and over zoom. Location details can be found in the event links.

Past events are archived on our youtube channel

Welcome to the Friends of the Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute program –
A synergistic convergence of academia, industry, and student talent for mutual benefit.

About the SCI Institute:

20 years on the cutting edge

Program Features:



  • Targeted talent acquisition
  • Facilitated access to student organizations and outreach programs
  • Personal introductions at numerous events
  • Campus visits and meetings with faculty and students
  • Networking with other industry affiliates


  • Web and print distribution of company, and company liaison profiles
  • Recognition in SCI Institute publications and at SCI Institute events
  • Presentation opportunities
  • Faculty forum lunches, e.g., Women in Engineering
  • Friends of SCI Institute board in high-traffic student area stocked with company profiles




  • One-stop shop for SCI Institute recruiting and research collaborations
  • Gateway facilitation to other disciplines and interests on campus

Financial Benefits

  • Tax-deductible
  • Efficient use of company resources on the University of Utah campus
  • Cost effective way to keep pace with the cutting-edge of research in scientific computing, imaging, and visualization

How To Participate:

  • Friends of SCI Institute annual contributions at $25,000 are tax deductible.
  • To request approval to become a Friends of SCI Institute partner, simply identify a possible SCI Institute faculty contact and send an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Upon acceptance into the program, please make your SCI contributions at –

Once your application is approved and your contribution is documented, you will receive an acknowledgement "Thank You" letter. You will also be contacted to schedule a strategy meeting designed to assess areas of collaboration and focus.

We look forward to partnering with you and thank you for your interest and support!

The Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute maintains a recharge center for computer services. The current annual rate is $7,775 per year assessed at 1.0 FTE (full time equivalence status).

What is covered

  • The computer services cost covers servers, specialty software licensing, network disk space, hardware maintenance and high-speed gigabit network connections within the SCI Institute and externally to the Internet.

What is not covered

  • This cost does not provide workstations or other desktop hardware for use by individual project personnel. Additionally, this cost is not included in the University's indirect costs pool.

The SCI Institute cost allocation methodology was based on the University's Department of Computer Science's computing facility model, which was approved by DHHS in November 1994. The SCI Institute's facility model was approved by the University Governmental Accounting Department on October 21, 2002.

Fresh Tracks Newsletters

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Fall 2022
In this Issue:

  • New Faculty
  • Democratizing Data Access
  • Accelerating Visual Computing via oneAPI
  • Computational Electrocardiology Laboratory
  • MRgFUS: Imaging Biomarkers for Noninvasive Breast Cancer Therapy
  • Cyberinfrastructure Professionals Cooperative
  • SCI-Humanities Research Initiative

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Fall 2021
In this Issue:

  • Managing Petabytes of Scientific Data
  • Looking Forward: CIBC Legacy Transition
  • Deep Learning and AI: Insuring Fairness, Privacy and Security
  • OpenSpace Project Renewed for 5 More Years
  • Advancing Discovery in Flourescence Microscopy
  • Sustaining Rural Economies: Conversion of Utah Coal into High-value Carbon Products
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