vSURF Organizational Structure

Organizational Structure of the Virtual Sanford Underground Facility (vSURF)


A crucial part of vSURF is to make it easy for scientists and researchers to participate, interact, and share with the varied audiences. Infrastructure, support and processes will be put in place so that every experiment and researcher can easily become part of vSURF.  vSURF will require an organizational framework that is dynamic enough to allow vSURF E&O development to attract and accommodate a diverse collection of cross-cutting expertise while at the same time providing a well defined, cohesive, and accountable structure .


The Administrative unit will consist of a director and support staff, along with an advisory board.  It will be responsible for the overall vSURF effort and will be under the direction of the appropriate SCSE (Sanford Center for Science Education)  governing unit.  An important responsibility will be to coordinate vSURF with other E&O efforts by SCSE, the State of South Dakota and other entities. Assessment of the overall vSURF will also be a strong focus.


Three leadership teams (Education/Virtual/Operations) will be created to help set the direction in their areas of expertise.  Teams will be comprised of active researchers along with senior advisers (sages) and other technical experts (as appropriate).  The goal of each team will be to promote and facilitate the overall efforts of the vSURF E&O research community at large.  Teams will be directly answerable to the vSURF Administrative unit.  An early effort by each team will be to identify specific projects and funding sources within their areas and as collaborative efforts with other teams. These teams are in the process of being formed, with collaborators invited from across South Dakota and across the nation.


Project teams will be formed with membership from among the SURF scientists and vSURF E&O researchers. These “bridge teams” will include: scientists -- content experts -- in fields such as physics, geology, engineering, and microbiology; researchers in learning and education; curriculum and assessment specialists; and software and multimedia designers. The vSURF core teams will provide people, access to data and other resources, and coordination for these efforts.


Note:  vSURF was formerly known as vDUSEL


vSURF Organizational Chart


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