Kurt Bendl

IT Professional IV-Advanced Computing


In Kurt Bendl's decade-plus tenure at NREL, he has filled several roles, including Linux systems infrastructure administrator, DevOps engineer, networking infrastructure admin, Private Cloud (OpenStack) systems admin, Identity Management architect and administrator, NetWare admin, storage admin, and web applications developer for high-performance computing infrastructure working mostly with Python tools. He currently serves as system owner for Computational Science security operations, working with the NREL Cyber Security team and several others within NREL on the DOE Authorization to Operate (ATO) and security tooling. In addition, other projects include infrastructure logging and Elasticsearch database administration, configuration management tooling, building a new private cloud architecture, and upgrading NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility's datacenter's network infrastructure. Kurt is currently studying for additional certifications that include cloud infrastructure and cloud security.

Research Interests

Software development

Cyber security within energy systems

Linux system engineering and administration



B.A., Adult Education, University of Louisville

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

Professional Experience

Freelance Security and Software Development Consultant, Internet Tool & Die (1995–present)

Knower of Things, Vega ECM Solutions (2016–2017)

Senior Developer, Titan Armor (2016)

DevOps Security Engineer, Churchill Downs Incorporated (2016)

Team Lead, University of Louisville (2002–2007)

Sales Representative, The Computer Store, Inc. (1984–1992)

Featured Work

AACE enclave authority to operate (2020)

ELK stack deployment (2019)

HPC enclave authority to operate (2017)

IDM deployment (2016)