Adrienne Decker - Education Contents
As of June 1, 2007, I have officially completed my Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering
right here at the University at Buffalo. My
Dr. William J. Rapaport.
The title of my dissertation is How Students Measure Up:
An Assessment Instrument for Introductory Computer Science. My dissertation
focuses on the creation and validation of an assessment instrument that can
be used to evaluate introductory sequences that use any of the programming-first
approaches outlined in CC2001 Computer
Science Volume. You'll find links to
my proposal and other presentations about my dissertation work on my Research page.
I received a Masters of Science in Computer Science and Engineering from the
University at Buffalo. My Masters project was completed under the direction
of Dr. Bina Ramamurthy and
was entitled ASPAS: A Solution for Providing Application Services.
It was a proof-of-concept construction of a platform independent application
I also received my Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from the University
at Buffalo (Summa Cum Laude). I was the first graduate of the department's
4-year BS/MS program. Back then it was not a combined degree per se. You had to fulfill all the requirements of the BS as well as all the requirements of the MS, no reduction in credit hours. I only know of one other student who has completed the program in 4 years, so I guess that makes me
the first, one of only two, and the only female.