Briana Morrison is an Associate Professor, Academic General Faculty in Computer Science at the University of Virginia. Prior to joining UVA, Briana worked for IBM for 8 years as a software developer and then transitioned to academia. She was an Assistant Professor at Southern Polytechnic State University (now Kennesaw State University) for 20 years in the Computer Science department. She was the Undergraduate Coordinator for the Computer Science and Software Engineering programs, helped to found the Computer Game Design and Development degree program, and served as the lead for 2 successful ABET accreditation visits. She has a PhD in Human-Centered Computing from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a master’s in Computer Science, and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering. She also was an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska Omaha for 5 years where she taught programming courses and classes in the Masters of Computer Science Education Program. She has served on the ACM SIGCSE Board and the ACM Education Committee and is co-editor of EngageCSEdu. Her research area is Computer Science Education where she explores cognitive load theory within programming, broadening participation in computing and expanding and preparing computing high school teachers.
Lauren Margulieux is an Assistant Professor of Learning Technologies at Georgia State University. She received her Ph.D. from Georgia Tech in Engineering Psychology, the study of how humans interact with technology. Her research interests are in educational technology and online learning, particularly for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. She focuses on designing instructions in a way that supports online students who do not necessarily have immediate access to an instructor or professor to ask questions or overcome problem solving impasses.
Adrienne Decker is a faculty member in the newly formed Department of Engineering Education at the University at Buffalo. She has been studying computing education and teaching for over 15 years, and is interested in effective teaching methods, engagement practices, and assessment techniques, particularly in introductory programming courses, as well as what impact exposure to computing in K-12 has on student outcomes at the university level. She has received more than $1M in NSF funding for her work in computing education. She currently serves on ACM SIGCSE board (chair), and AP CSA development committee (co-chair).
Farhad Mohammad Afzali graduated from Kardan University with a Bachelor of Computer Science. He completed his Master of Science in Management Information Systems at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and went on to pursue a Ph.D. in Information Technology at UNO. As a doctoral student, Farhad is part of the instructional team teaching Java programming and database classes. In 2007, Farhad worked with the International Rescue Committee as a Database Officer prior to joining the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in 2008. He worked for UNAMA for six years as an Application Developer. He left UNAMA in 2014 when he moved to the United States of America to continue his education.
Karthik Venkatesh is a UNO Alumni with a Masters in Management Information System with 5 years of Industry experience. Karthik has a mix of working in both MNC’s and Startups as a Quality Analyst. He is keen to find solutions that impact communities through Information systems.He is a Data Science enthusiast , with a desire to understand how to bridge the gap between information systems and Business Processes. He loves to travel the world and explore its pristine treasures.
Abby Langner is a graduate student seeking a Masters in Computer Science Education at UNO. With over 20 years experience as a web developer and 10 as an educator, Abby enjoys writing web dev curricula and teaching many software, programming, and math topics for kids and adults of all ages.
Hari Ramilison has her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Finarantsoa, Madagascar. She pursues her study at UNO for her Master of Science in Management Information Systems. Hari has more than 4 years of experience in software development and design. Very passionate about data, she loves data modeling and data manipulation.