About Me

Dr. Dirk Colbry is the Director of HPC Studies in the newly formed Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering. An alumnus of MSU, Colbry has a Ph.D. in Computer Science and his principle areas of research include machine vision and pattern recognition (specializing in scientific imaging). Dr. Colbry also does research in computational education and high performance computing. From 2009 until 2015, Dr. Colbry worked for the Institute for Cyber Enbled Research as a computational consultant and Director of the HPCC. Dr. Colbry collaborates with scientists from multiple disciplines including Engineering, Toxicology, Plant and Soil Sciences, Zoology, Mathematics, Statistics and Biology. Recent projects include research in Image Phenomics; developing a commercially-vable large scale, cloud based image pathology tool; and helping develop methods for measuring the Carbon stored inside of soil. Dr. Colbry has taught a range of courses, including; communication "soft" skills, introduction to computational modeling, microprocessors, artificial intelligence, scientific image analysis, compilers, exascale programing, and courses in programming and algorithm analysis.


Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering, Michigan State University, 2006.
Advisor: George Stockman

M.S.E. in Computer Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, 2001.

Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1997.

Academic Appointments

Director HPC Studies, Michigan State University, 2015-

Director HPCC, Michigan State University 2014-2015

Research Specialist, Michigan State University 2009-2014

Postdoc, Arizona State University, 2007-2008
Mentor: Sethuraman Panchanathan

Postdoc, Michigan State University, 2006-2007
Mentor: Fred Dyer

Research Interests

Improving large scale scientific workflows in exploratory image analysis. 

Study how students learn to use computation for scientific research. 

Engineering Experience

Algorithm Developer, Pixel Velocity Inc. 2015

Consultant, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, 2006-2009

Installation Engineer, FANUC Robotics North America, 1997-1999

Liaison Engineering Co-op, Delta Airlines, 1993-1996