Research Interests

The faculty in Computer Science have interests as seen in the following list:

Kevin Buffardi

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Computer Science, Virginia Tech: Interest/Expertise: Computer Science education research, software testing, eLearning technology and learning science, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and User eXperience (UX), free and open source software (FOSS)

Judy Challinger

Associate Professor

Ph.D. (Computer and Information Systems), University of California-Santa Cruz Interest/Expertise: computer graphics, parallel programming, computer architecture, software design, object-oriented programming, user interfaces

Bryan Dixon

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. (Computer Science), University of Colorado at Boulder Interest/Expertise: Mobile Security, Security, Mobile Design and Development, Systems

Todd A. Gibson

Associate Professor

Ph.D. (Computational Bioscience), University of Colorado Denver Interest/Expertise: models of network evolution, biological networks

Elena Harris

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. (Computer Science: Bioinformatics), University of California, Riverside Interest/Expertise: bioinformatics, data mining, artificial intelligence, algorithms

Tyson Henry


Ph.D. (Computer Science), University of Arizona Interest/Expertise: computer science education, work group formation, web programming, systems programming, domain specific languages

Brian Herring


M.S. (Computer Science), California State University, Chico Interest/Expertise: web application development, web-based user interface design, enterprise search engines, search engine optimization, web analytics, software as a service, cloud computing

Jaime Raigoza

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. (Computer Science), Nova Southeastern University, Florida Interest/Expertise: Operating systems memory management, temporal database management and query optimization

Melody Stapleton

Professor, Chair and Graduate Coordinator

Ph.D. (Math), University of California-Riverside Interest/Expertise: Database systems security and performance tuning (especially Oracle), Data architecture, Big Data Analytics, Software IP Patents and Litigation