Dr. Gursimran Walia recently awarded an NSF grant

August 1, 2014
Dr. Walia’s research employs the tried-and-true perspective of Human Error (i.e., mistakes in the human thought process) to address a serious problem in software engineering: mistakes made during software development. His work integrates research from software engineering with research from psychology to develop a deeper understanding of the human errors that occur during the software development process and to develop techniques that detect and prevent those errors early in the software development lifecycle. Through the application of human error research from psychology, Dr. Walia’s work will improve developers’ ability to identify, classify, and eliminate software development errors and provide a solid structure and theoretical basis upon which to build. In addition to its impacts on software quality, this project will provide a venue for software engineering researchers to interact with cognitive psychologists, producing more diverse PhD students.

The link to the NSF grant

Outstanding Advising Award

February 25, 2014
Joan M. Krush has been awarded Winner of the Outstanding Advising Award - Primary Advising Role category by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).  Established in 1983, the NACADA Annual Awards Program for Academic Advising honors individuals and institutions making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising.  NACADA is a representative and advocate of academic advising and those providing that service to higher education.

The NACADA Association has grown to over 10,000 members and hosts an Annual Conference each fall that has attracted over 3,000 attendees, as well as 10 Regional Conferences, and intensive study of advising through various other events held throughout the year. NACADA publishes a scholarly Journal, a quarterly e-Publication, and occasional special publications. Most of all, NACADA provides a network and professional identity for the thousands of faculty, full-time advisors, and administrators whose responsibilities include academic advising.

A member of NACADA since 2005, Ms. Krush has been involved as a Region Conference Proposal Reader (2009, 2010), Conference Volunteer (2008- 2015), Steering Committee Member – ND Liaison (2012-2015). Various conference planning: Winter Drive-In Conference Planning Committee Chair (2012),  National Conference Planning Committee - Concurrent Session Chair (2014) and Region Conference Chair (2015). In addition to presentations at regional conferences, she co-authored an article in Academic Advising Today. Professional Advisors and Faculty Advisors: A Shared Goal of Student Success. December 2010. Volume 33, No. 4.

In addition to the application, CV, and philosophy of advising statement, letters of support were provided by advising colleagues, Computer Science department faculty, the college dean, current students and recent alumni of the Computer Science program.

As a NACADA Outstanding Advising Award Winner in the Primary Advising category, Ms. Krush will be honored at the special Awards Ceremony and Reception being held at the annual NACADA Conference in Las Vegas this fall as part of the 2015 Annual Awards Program for Academic Advising.

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