Department of Computer Science

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Dr. A. Frank Ackerman


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Associate Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering

B.S. University of Chicago, 1961
Ph.D. University of North Carolina, 1972

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Academic Interests:

  • Educating the next generation of computer scientists and software engineers that will build the more intelligent, more robust, and more useful software of the future

  • Developing and assessing processes and techniques for constructing reliable software

  • Becoming a resource and research center for Robotic Software Engineering tools



  • Completed

    • Co-author: "A New Simulator and IDE for Teaching CS220: Computer Architecture"
    • Co-authof: "Ecommerce System Design Course Using Java Servlets"
    • "Computer Science for Fun and Profit" presentation at the Montana MEA-MFT 2007 Conference
    • Creator of Tech CS REAL Scholarship Program Module 3: An Introduction to Programming
    • Creator and manger of Tech CS REAL Scholarship Program Module 5: Competitive Programming
    • Author: Introduction to Spring 2012 Senior Seminar
    • Co-author: "Learn These Sums or Die" (presented at CCSC Rocky Mountain Conference)
    • Co-author: Software Engineering Education Needs More Engineering" (co-presentor at ASEE 2012)


  • Underway


  • Planned
    • A survey paper on proving programs correct and using program proofs coupled with software inspections on software engineering projects
    • A overview of Java for programmers

Personal Highlights:

A third generation industrial software engineer veteran with more than 50 years of academic and industry experiences who exercises almost daily, helps his life partner maintain a century old miner’s cottage, and manage several family portfolios of stocks and bonds, is learning to hunt, reads widely, enjoys many types of movies and videos, is a Human Awareness Institute Assistant, and keeps in touch with four daughters, six grandchildren, and many close friends via face-to-face visits, email, and Facebook.