Faculty Bios

Meet the Cluster 1 Faculty:

Curt Schurgers
Curt Schurgers received his Ph.D. from UCLA in integrated circuits andsystems, and his MS in EE from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (KUL). Before coming to UCSD in 2002, he was a lecturer at UCLA in VLSI System Design and a postdoctural associate at MIT. He also held research assistantships at UCLA Networked & Embedded Systems Lab and the Interuniversity Microelectronics Center (IMEC) in Belgium. From 2004 until 2010, he was an Assistant Professor at the ECE Department at UCSD, leading the Wireless Information Systems Lab. Since December 2010, he has been appointed as a Project Development Engineer at Calit2, leading a large NSF program on underwater networked systems.

Leo Porter
I am an Assistant Teaching Professor of Computer Science at UC San Diego interested in computer science education research and computer architecture. I was co-PI on an NSF-TUES grant which studied the impact of Peer Instruction (an active learning pedagogical technique) in Computer Science. In computer science, we've found Peer Instruction reduces failure rates, improves student performance on exams, improves retention (particularly when combined with Media Computation and Pair Programming), and is desired over lecture by a vast majority of students in a diverse set of courses at a diverse set of institutions. Along with two other teaching professors at UC San Diego, Christine Alvarado and Mia Minnes, we were funded to develop an Intermediate Software Engineering Specialization available on Coursera. Topics include: Object Oriented Programming, Basic and Advanced Data Structures, Algorithm Analysis, and Technical Workplace Communication (including how to succeed in a technical interview). I am co-Chair of Lightning Talks and Posters for ICER 2016. My computer science education research interests include Peer Instruction, concept inventories, student outcomes, CS1, CS2, media computation, active learning, flipped classrooms, and program evaluation. My architecture research interests include speculative multithreading, transactional memory, thread-level parallelism, branch-prediction, cache-design, chip-multiprocessors, simultaneous multithreading, process scheduling, architecture-aware scheduling, and cache coherence. I was previously an Assistant Professor at Skidmore College and an instructor at the University of San Diego. I received my Ph.D. in 2011 in computer architecture, superbly advised by Dean Tullsen at UC San Diego.

Shirley Miranda
Shirley earned her B.S. in Computer Engineering at UCSD then worked as a software development engineer. Her continued volunteer work with high school students through the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair (GSDSEF) inspired her to go into teaching. At the University of San Diego, she earned her M.Ed. focusing on technology in education. She taught Statistics 1-2, AP Statistics, Robotics and AP Computer Science at Morse High School in San Diego for fourteen years. Presently, she is a secondary resource teacher for the San Diego Unified School District. This is her eleventh summer as a Teacher Fellow at UCSD COSMOS. She served as the Director of the GSDSEF and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair's Advisory Council. Currently, she serves on the COSMOS Statewide Advisory Board and the All Girls STEM Society Board. She was recognized with the 2014 National Council of Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Educator Award for her contributions to the computer science educational community. She was San Diego Unified School District's 2015 Teacher of the Year Runner-Up for high schools. Shirley was honored as the 2016 San Diego County Teacher of the Year and the Scottish Rite Freemasons Teacher of the Year. She spends her free time writing and visiting the San Diego Zoo with her husband and three-year-old daughter. She has published four books Falling, Winter Solstice, Wintering, and Springing of her Bits and Pieces series. She is currently writing her fifth book.


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