About Me

I’m currently a Teaching Professor in the Khoury College of Computer Sciences (KCCS) at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, and I serve as the Assistant Dean of Student Experience. I work closely with KCCS administration on all things undergraduate, and I work closely with student clubs and organizations.

Before coming to Northeastern, I was a Clinical Professor in the Department of Computer Science of the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University in Dallas TX. Over my 17 years there, I was a faculty academic advisor, served on committees at the department, school, and university level. I had the opportunity to lead the First Year Interdisciplinary Engineering Design course in Lyle for several years. I also served as a Founding Faculty-in-Residence, living on campus for 6 years – first in Cockrell-McIntosh and then Loyd Commons.

 I hold a BS and MS degree in Computer Science from McNeese State University and SMU, respectively and a PhD in Applied Science from SMU.  My research interests are in engineering education with a focus on innovativeness and innovative work behavior of undergraduate students.

I have a wide range of interests including:

  • Higher education
  • Secondary education and its impact on college student’s success
  • Out-of-classroom teaching and learning in a university
  • Engineering education and pedagogy
  • Innovation and creativity education
  • Computer science education
  • Database systems and data management

Outside of academia, I enjoy musical things, specifically piano and classical organ. I’ve played the piano since kindergarten and organ since roughly the age of 13. I also love reading about and trying new things in the personal productivity and personal knowledge management space. And last, but certainly not least, I enjoy spending time with my doggo, Winston the Shih Tzu.