Having been through Graduate School, what advice can you give a budding academic?
I always tell students who are considering going to graduate school, particularly to Ph.D. programs, that their reason for going should not be to improve their job prospects or their earning potential. To put up with some of the experiences they will have in a graduate program and to push through and prevail, the degree needs to be something they really want to have for no other reason than it is important to them.
What is your favorite class or topic to teach?
We have a graduate-level course on Project Management that focuses on managing information technology projects. The course touches on project integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resource, communications, risk, and procurement management. My favorite section is the section on human resources, because I enjoy the psychology of team building and managing the project team.
How would you sum up your program in one sentence to a potential graduate student?
If you are interested in enhanced professional opportunities in computer science, information systems, or software engineering or in furthering your academic career, our M.S. degree program in the School of Computing will provide you with the advanced study, laboratory work, and research that you will need.
What do you do when you need a break from students and research?
I like to read and I enjoy spectator sports of all kinds. I also like to get out and swim or bike.
If you had not become an academic, what would you have done?
I wanted to be a veterinarian, but I was not confident in my ability to make it through the required education and training. Looking back on it, I regret I did not at least make an attempt at a program in veterinary medicine.