Dr. Karthikeyan Umapathy is an associate professor in the School of Computing. His research interests include complex software development, data science, data-driven decision making, system interoperability, systems integration and more. Umapathy is a Florida Campus Compact STEM Fellow, Florida Campus Compact STEM Certified Scholar and UNF Community Scholar. He is a recipient of the FIS Distinguished Professor in Computing Award.
Get to Know Dr. Karthikeyan
What courses do you teach?
I teach web application development as well as systems analysis and design courses. One course that I am proud of is the Senior Project course. In this, I work with nonprofit organizations to find web application development projects for students. Creating public sector-industry-academic partnerships are critical for developing cost-free solutions for nonprofits, while developing a stronger computing workforce pipeline — and it helps me to stay current with industry best practices.
What research are you doing?
My research spans the entire spectrum of the web. The focus includes investigating standards that form the backbone of the web, designing complex software applications using the technical standards and studying the user experience aspects of designed artifacts.
What’s the most rewarding academic experience you’ve had at UNF in or out of the classroom?
In mother tongue (Tamil), we have a saying “siru thuli, peru vellam,” i.e., "small drops creates a flood." For me, Florida Data Science for Social Good (FL-DSSG) has been a rewarding experience because we are creating opportunities for faculty, students and professionals alike to help nonprofits make data-driven decisions. Each of us doing small acts, but as a group, we are making a substantial impact on the public sector organizations.
What is your personal philosophy?
Start small, but work towards making it big. I always start things on a smaller scale and do it periodically to accomplish bigger things.