The Department of Computer Science seeks to provide an environment that encourages innovative thinking, academic rigor and the pursuit of scholarship in an atmosphere that promotes high ethical and moral values and mutual respect, embracing diversity, and working towards a goal of instilling a life-long love of learning.
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Chair, Departmment of Computer Science
Born in the United Kingdom and educated in both the UK and the US, Dr. Cooper has an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia (1993) and has taught 13 years in secondary education and 18 years in higher education. Dr. Cooper teaches Networking, Network Security, Programming in Java and C++, Computer Organization and DSP.×
University Articulation Coordinator
Dr. David Burris received two B.S. majors in Physics and Math in 1969, and a M.S. in Physics in 1972 from Southwest Texas State University. His early jobs as a physicist / electrical engineer included emergency shut-down systems for nuclear reactors, petrochemical process control and applications in thermodynamics. The computational difficulties in solving thermodynamic problems lead to his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Texas A & M University in 1976. Dr. Burris has also attained many professional designations from the Institute for the Certification of Computing Professionals (ICCP). Areas of interest include software engineering, translator design, data structures, design of programming languages, operating systems, database, steganography, and user level cryptography.×
Dr. Smith holds a B.S. in Computer Science, Texas A&M University, M.S. in Computer Science, Oklahoma State University, Ph.D. in Computer Science. Prior to this he was a Lecturer at Texas A&M University and an Engineer at General Dynamics Corporation. He teaches courses in Operating Systems, Programming Languages, Data Structures, Real-Time Programming and Introductory Programming and maintains other interests in networks, database, GIS, and computer security.×
Dr. Ji graduated from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China majoring in Mechanical Engineering. She obtained her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Computer Science from Nanjing University (China) and University of Houston (U.S.). Dr. Ji's specialty areas are Software Engineering, Parallel Processing, Neural Netoworks and Data Mining. As the graduate advisor, Dr. Ji welcomes applicants from all over the world to join the Master of Science program in Computer Science, Information Science or Information Assurance.×
Dr. McGuire earned his B.S.(Mathematics) from LeTourneau College; M.S. (Mathematics) from Colorado State University, and Ph.D. (Computer Science) from Texas A&M University. Prior to his arrival at Sam Houston State, he was an Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems at West Texas A&M, Director of Academic Computing at Pillsbury College, and Senior Computer Scientist at Stata Corporation. He was named NASA Faculty Fellow in 1997, 1998, and 2003. Dr. McGuire teaches courses in Computer Organization, Operating Systems, Data Structures, Parallel Computing, and Introductory Programming. Dr. McGuire is editor-in-chief of the ACET Journal of Computer Education and Research.×
Dr. Chen earned his B.Eng.(Computer Science) from Nanjing University of Technology (China) in 2000. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Auburn University in Aug. 2007. During his graduate study at Auburn, he taught undergraduate courses and was a GTA of multiple graduate courses for 5 years. He joined the Department of Computer Science at Sam Houston State University as an assistant professor in Aug. 2007. He teaches Network, Network Security and Information Security courses in the department. Dr. Chen has been actively engaged in research on computer networks, network security, wireless and multimedia networking. He was a graduate research assistant for 5 years at Auburn University and worked as Vodafone Research Fellow in the last year of his Ph.D. study. In the years of 2005 and 2006, he had 5 papers published in major IEEE and ACM conferences. He welcomes any research/project collaboration on the above research topics.×
Dr. Cho received his B.E. in Computer Engineering from Chonbuk National University, Korea and M.A. in Computer Science from Korea University, Korea. He then obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Sciences from The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining the CS Faculty at Sam Houston State University, he was an Assistant Instructor of Computer Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. His research interests are in Data Mining, Statistical Pattern Recognition, Machine Learning, and related topics. His dissertation focuses on Co-clustering Algorithms and their extensions and applications to various tasks in Text/Web Mining, Bioinformatics, and Pervasive Computing. Previously, he worked on Soft Computing, including Neural Networks, Evolutionary Computations, Fuzzy/Rough Set Theories, and Linear Matrix Inequalities.×
Dr. Shannon received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership (2007), M.A. in Industrial Technology,and minor in Vocational Education (1995) from Sam Houston State University. She graduated in Civil Engineering from Dahan Institute of Technology in Taiwan (1988). In her early career, prior to 2000, she worked as a computer programmer on survey databases, as an engineer assistant in Civil Engineering, and as a high school math teacher. She taught Computer Aided Drafting, Cisco Network, and MCSE programs at the Technology Department from 2000 - 2003. Since 2003, Dr. Shannon teaches Introduction to Computer and Educational Multimedia graduate courses at Computer Science Department. Areas of research interest include computer and technology curriculum alignment from secondary to graduate levels, educational multimedia research, and international technology development in education.×
Mrs. Varol earned her B.S. Degree from Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Firat University, Elazig, Turkey in 2003. She received her M.S. degree in Applied Science from University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2011. She is currently pursuing Doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering at Lamar University. She joined the Department of Computer Science at Sam Houston State University as an instructor in Fall 2011. She teaches Programming Fundamentals - I in the department. Her research interests are Network Security and Signal Processing.×
Dr. Bing Zhou received her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from University of Regina, Canada, in 2012. She joined the Department of Computer Science at Sam Houston State University as a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in September, 2012. In 2008, Dr. Zhou was the recipient of the very prestigious NSERC CGSD3. The competition of these awards is national-wide and across all disciplines in the Natural Science and Engineering. She was also the first recipient of the Verna Martin Memorial Scholarship in Doctoral Studies at the University of Regina. Prior to her graduate studies, Dr. Zhou had eight years of working experience in the information technology industry as senior software developer and program analyst, which gave her many hands-on experiences to share with the students.
Dr. Zhou’s Ph.D. dissertation was aimed to provide a hybrid solution for ternary classification using Bayesian inference and rough set theory. She applied the proposed model to Email spam filtering systems, which is a challenging problem in web security. Dr. Zhou’s external examiner wrote, “The research questions addressed in the thesis are significant with both theoretical and practical considerations”. Dr. Zhou has authored and co-authored eighteen publications during her graduate studies, among which six papers were published in peer-refereed journals, ten papers were presented at national and international conferences and two were published as book chapters.
Dr. Zhou’s research interests focus on intelligent security data analysis, which examines issues related to the research and applications of computational intelligence techniques in security data analysis. She is interested in using soft computing tools to solve problems that involve incomplete, vague or uncertain information. Dr. Zhou’s research area also includes data mining, machine learning, information retrieval and cognitive informatics. Dr. Zhou was reviewer of scientific journals including Applied Soft Computing, Neurocomputing, Journal of Computers and Mathematics with Applications, Journal of Approximate Reasoning, and Numerous conferences.
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Andy is a native Texan who enjoys water sports in his spare time. He has almost fifteen years of experience in IT ranging from back office tech at a mom and pop computer store, to project consulting for a Fortune 500 company. He is currently pursuing a Ph. D. in Education Technology at Pepperdine University.×
Retired from the U.S. Navy, Kathryn joined the staff of Sam Houston State University in 2002 where she worked with three educational federal grants at the College of Education and later joined the Department of Computer Science as the Department Secretary in September 2004.×