Computing Education Center

The Computing Education Center promotes research and learning activities related to computing education, bringing together researchers and practitioners to foster collaborations and develop interventions that encourage adoption of computer technology across campus.


Yu Cai

  • Professor, Department of Applied Computing
  • Associate Chair, Department of Applied Computing
  • Affiliated Professor, Computational Science and Engineering

Center Members

Todd O. Arney

  • Associate Teaching Professor, Applied Computing
  • Faculty Advisor: Linux Users Group (LUG)
  • Faculty Co-Advisor: DevOps, Open Source Club, Epsilon Pi Tau - Honors Society (EPT)

Research Interests

  • Wireless security
  • Virtual computing
  • Cybersecurity

Teaching Interests

  • Linux administration
  • Ethics and technology
  • Microsoft administration
  • Wireless systems
  • Scripting
  • Infrastructure services
  • Cybersecurity

Jung Yun Bae

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Assistant Professor, Applied Computing

Links of Interest

Faculty Webpage

Research Interests

  • Robotics, Multi-robot systems
  • Coordination of Heterogeneous Robot Systems
  • Vehicle Routing Problems
  • Multi-robot System Control and Optimization
  • Autonomous Navigation
  • Unmanned Vehicles
  • Operational Research for Autonomous Vehicles

Briana Bettin

  • Assistant Professor, Computer Science
  • Assistant Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Research Interests

  • User experience
  • Human factors
  • Human-computer Interactions
  • Mental models
  • Information representation
  • Rural digital literacy
  • Education, engagement, and retention
  • Digital anthropology 

Laura E. Brown

  • Associate Professor, Computer Science
  • Director, Data Science Graduate Program

Area of Expertise

  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Data Mining and Data Science
  • Applications of AI and ML to Energy (microgrids, power systems), Health, and other domains

Bo Chen

  • Associate Professor, Computer Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Mobile Device Security
  • Cloud Computing Security
  • Named Data Networking Security
  • Big Data Security
  • Blockchain
Nagesh Hatti

Nagesh Hatti

  • Director, The Enterprise Program and Chair, Enterprise Governing Board
  • Advisor, ITOxygen


  • Corporate/Industry Sponsorship
  • Program Management

Kedmon N. Hungwe

  • Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Research Interests

  • Cultural foundations of cognition 
  •  Media theory and criticism
  • Lifespan development theory
  • STEM education

Jean Mayo

  • Professor, Computer Science
  • Graduate Program Director, Computer Science

Area of Expertise

  • Distributed Systems
  • Operating Systems
  • Security
  • Computer Science Education

Aurenice M. Oliveira

  • Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Professional Activities

  • IEEE Region#4 Section#27 Chair
  • IEEE Student Chapter Advisor
  • ABET Evaluator

Areas of Interest

  • Vehicular Communications: inter-vehicle (VANETs, V2X) and intra-vehicle (CAN, Automotive Ethernet, LIN, FlexRay, MOST)
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
  • Communication Networks and Systems
  • Wireless Communications
  • Network Security
  • Signal Processing

Nilufer Onder

  • Associate Professor, Computer Science
  • Associate Chair, Computer Science
  • Undergraduate Program Director, Computer Science

Area of Expertise

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Automated Planning and Scheduling
  • Computer Science Education
  • Student Persistence in STEM

Jon Sticklen

  • Associate Professor, Engineering Fundamentals
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Links of Interest

Jon Sticklen CV

Innovation in Education

  • Infusion of systems viewpoints to applied engineering sciences
  • Growth in enrollment achievement
  • Led a strong faculty team to systemically reimagine and implement the Tech First-Year Engineering Program

Research Interests

  • Factors enhancing student engagement in their own learning
  • Systemic approaches to distance learning that enhance active learning, and 
  • Applications of Design Thinking as an exemplar of client-centered design with application to Problem/Project-based learning

Sarah Tan

  • Research Assistant Professor, Engineering Fundamentals
  • Affiliated Research Assistant Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Education Assessment Specialist, IDEAhub

Research Interests

  • Cognitive Psychology

  • Educational Research and Assessment

  • Project Evaluation

  • Culture Difference

  • Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis

  • Statistical Analysis

  • R Programming Language

Leo C. Ureel II

  • Assistant Professor, Computer Science
  • Assistant Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Coordinator, College of Computing Learning Center

Area of Expertise

  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Science Education
  • Intelligent Tutoring Systems

Jeffrey Wall

  • Associate Professor of Management Information Systems, College of Business

Teaching Interests

  • Business Process Analysis
  • AI and machine learning for business
  • Information Security
  • Systems analysis and design

Research Interests

  • Information security behavior
  • Power and control
  • Individual and organizational deviance
  • Business applications for AI and machine learning

Charles Wallace

  • Associate Professor, Computer Science
  • Associate Dean for Curriculum & Instruction, College of Computing
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • software usability & accessibility
  • gerontechnology
  • smart & connected communities
  • communication in software development
  • agile development methods
  • applied formal methods
  • computing ethics
  • sustainable computing
  • computer science & software engineering education