I am an associate professor of Computer Science at Washington & Lee University. I take pride in using innovative educational techniques in the introductory computer science courses and advanced software development courses. I also enjoy working with motivated undergraduates on research problems with practical outcomes.

I collaborate on digital humanities projects, such as The Ancient Graffiti Project. The Ancient Graffiti Project is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


I completed my Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Delaware in August 2007. I was a 2000 NSF Graduate Research Fellow and was featured in the 60th anniversary retrospective.

I graduated with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and computer science from Gettysburg College and with a master's degree in computer science from Duke University.


My Teaching Philosophy and All Courses


My research interests are in software testing and distributed systems, specializing in automated testing techniques for web applications. I often collaborate with Lori Pollock's Software Analysis and Compilation Lab. I am also developing collaborations in digital humanities. See my research page for more information about my work and projects you can get involved with.

My Google Scholar Profile

One of my papers was selected as #4 of the best papers of the last 20 years at HPDC! I really enjoyed working on that paper with my wonderful co-authors. It's gratifying that the paper has had such an impact.

Undergraduate Research Projects

I enjoy working with motivated undergraduates on research problems with concrete outcomes. Some examples of past undergraduate research projects include


Professional Service


Increasing Diversity in Computing


Useful Information

I'm creating a Wiki with information for W&L students and others.

Student Groups

The following links are for the University of Delaware, but they contain information and links that are useful to students at other schools as well.


I volunteer for Rockbridge Animal Alliance.

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