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Michael Oudshoorn

Contact Information

Department of Computer Science

Montclair State University

1 Normal Avenue

Montclair

NJ 07043


USA
E-mail: oudshoornm@montclair.edu

Phone: +1 (973) 655-4166





Academic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. (Computer Science), The University of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1992.
    Thesis title: “ATLANTIS. A Tool for Language Definition and Interpreter Synthesis”
    Advisor: Prof. Chris D. Marlin

  • B.Sc. (Hons I) (Computer Science), The University of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1984.

  • B.Sc., The University of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1983.

Academic Appointments

  • September 2010 – Present
    Professor of Computer Science and Chair of Department, Department of Computer Science, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, USA.

  • September 2007 – August 2010
    Professor of Computer Science (tenured), College of Science, Mathematics and Technology, University of Texas at Brownsville, Brownsville, Texas, USA.

  • September 2007 – August 2008
    Dean, College of Science, Mathematics and Technology, University of Texas at Brownsville, Brownsville, Texas, USA.

  • January – July 2008
    Interim Chair, Department of Engineering, University of Texas at Brownsville, Brownsville, Texas, USA.

  • February 2003 – September 2007
    Professor and Head of Department of Computer Science (tenured), Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, USA.

  • January 1999 – January 2003:
    Associate Dean (International), Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, University of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

  • January 2002 – February, 2003:
    Associate Professor (tenured), Department of Computer Science, The University of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

  • January 1994 – December 2001:
    Senior Lecturer (tenured), Department of Computer Science, The University of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

  • May 1995 – June 1995:
    Professeur Invité, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Laboratoire d'Informatique Signaux et Systémes de Sophia Antipolis, Université de Nice, Sophia Antipolis, France.

  • March 1989 – December 1993:
    Lecturer (tenured), Department of Computer Science, The University of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

  • January 1992 – February 1992:
    Professeur Invité, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Laboratoire d'Informatique Signaux et Systémes de Sophia Antipolis, Université de Nice, Sophia Antipolis, France.

  • February 1984 – March 1989:
    Tutor, Department of Computer Science, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

  • 1983:
    Part-time tutor/demonstrator in the Department of Computer Science, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

Summary

10 years of senior university experience as a Department Head, Associate Dean, and Dean with operating budgets of up to $10 million and responsibility for 95 faculty members and over 100 adjunct faculty. Experience in supervision of faculty, administrative and professional staff. A track record in international student recruitment, curriculum improvement and development, process improvement, fiscal management, change management, mentoring of faculty and guidance of research students. Significant experience in a research oriented environment engaged in student centred learning. Successful fundraiser to build department and college through industry support.



Skills

Leadership

Energetic leader who promotes and achieves academic and professional excellence in all areas. Personal characteristics include ethics, honesty and integrity. Exercise independent judgement. Develop and articulate vision through strategic plans. Collaborative and consultative management style with a commitment to shared governance within the university environment. Develops an effective relationship with faculty, staff and students through collegiality and respectful treatment. Actively engage and encourage constituent involvement. Strong supporter of interdisciplinary collaboration and activity. An attentive listener with creative problem solving skills. Active contributor in professional societies and activities. Experienced in public and government relations through professional activities.



Management

Highly competent administrator with experience in improving processes and procedures to improve workflow without sacrificing accountability and client service. Successful experience with successful change management. Strong believer in shared governance. Significant budget and resource management aligning resources with strategic priorities. Experience with accreditation bodies at both the professional level (both as an evaluator and having programs evaluated) and at the regional level. Responsible for hiring and evaluating faculty, professional and classified staff. Monitor and evaluate faculty workload and manage space needs of departments and the college. Established industry advisory boards to gather feedback and engage constituents while establishing and strengthening academic and community/industry collaboration. Experienced performance management of faculty and conflict resolution. A commitment to professional development. Developed and deployed policies and procedures governing faculty tenure and promotion. Supportive of diversity. Strong complex problem solving skills and negotiation skills to deal with delicate issues such as inter college space and resource needs. Managed enrolment fluctuations through international and out-of-state student recruitment.



Financial Acumen

Identified financial opportunities (e.g., international student revenue) and put programs in place to generate significant new revenue for the university. Experienced in financial planning, management and budgeting including creative leadership in attaining institutional and academic fundraising through the establishment of named chairs and industrial cooperatives. Budgets managed within acceptable variances – i.e., no over-expenditure or unauthorized/inappropriate spending.



Academic Programs

Developed, marketed and recruited students for new academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to cater for needs of the community and industry. Responsibility for curriculum development and reform, student retention and diversity. Serve as an ABET accreditor for Computer Science and experience with university accreditation at the regional level. Developed 2+2 twinning programs and articulation agreements. Experience with a multi-campus environment including off-shore campus. Experience in diverse academic environments within comprehensive research-based institutions, as well as diversity in student populations (the University of Texas at Brownsville is a Hispanic serving institution and the University of Adelaide’s student population is over 30% Asian in origin). Over 20 years of experience as an effective educator designing and delivering challenging and relevant curriculum content to students.



Significant Achievements

  • Working with Bionics America, UniSys, Congressman Solomon Ortiz, the Port of Brownsville, the Brownsville Airport and Homeland Security to develop a research and test center in security technologies at the University of Texas at Brownsville.

  • Secured $315,000 in donor funding to advance the Department of Computer Science at Montana State University.

  • Negotiated a change in the funding model between the College of Engineering and Montana State University so that tuition sharing of income derived from international students takes place.

    • Actively recruited students for the College of Engineering and generated significant additional revenue.

    • Facilitated the establishment of dual degree programs between Istanbul Technical University and Montana State University. This covers Chemical and Biological Engineering as well as Biotechnology (in collaboration with the College of Letters and Sciences).

  • Generated a significant increase in international student numbers within the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Adelaide – over an 80% increase between 2000 and 2002. This generated an additional A$2,600,000/year revenue into the Faculty (College).

  • Doubled the number of international students in Computer Science at Montana State University between 2004 and 2006.

  • Successfully led the Computer Science Department at Montana State University through an ABET accreditation visit. Involved in the SACS regional accreditation visit to the University of Texas at Brownsville.

  • Architect of the degree rules for the Master of Software Engineering (1996) after extensive industry consultation.

  • Architect of the degree rules for the Master of Information Technology (1999) after feedback from International Students regarding their needs.

  • Co-architect of the degree rules for the Bachelor of Business Information Technology (2000) after feedback from international students and industry. The degree is jointly offered with the Department of Commerce and is extremely popular. Students gain membership into professional societies in Computer Science and Business.

  • Key figure in the establishment of the delivery of the articulation program into the B.Comp.Sc. at the University of Adelaide from a Singapore polytechnic diploma through the Ngee Ann Adelaide Education Centre in Singapore. This initiative stands to generate some A$472,000/year income to the University of Adelaide.

  • Key figure in the establishment and management of the University of Adelaide B.Comp.Sc. degree at the Sepang Institute of Technology, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. This was a twinning arrangement where the first two years of the degree were taught in Malaysia and the students completed their degree at the University of Adelaide.

Professional Experience

Montclair State University

Montclair State University is a comprehensive state-supported institution of approximately 18,000 students located in Montclair, NJ (part of the New York City greater metropolitan area). It is a doctoral grating institution.

Academic Duties

    • Professor, Computer Science (2010–)

    • Chair, Department of Computer Science (2010–)

  • Courses taught:

CMPT109 Introduction to Computer Applications: Fluency with Information Technology (Freshman) (Fall 2010)
University of Texas at Brownsville

The University of Texas at Brownsville is a Hispanic serving institution (95% Hispanic) located on the border between Texas and Mexico. It attracts students from both sides of the border and offers several classes in Spanish and through distance education. It has a population of approximately 15,000 students. It offers degrees at the Associates, Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral level.

Academic Duties

    • Professor, Computer Science (2007–)

    • Dean, College of Science, Mathematics and Technology (2007–2008)

    • Interim Chair, Department of Engineering (2008)

    • Member of:

      • Honors College Creation Committee (2010–)

      • University of Texas Regents Teaching Award Selection Committee (2010)

      • Chair, Computer and Information Science Personnel Committee (2009–)

      • College of Science, Mathematics and Technology Personnel Committee (2009–)

      • University Council (2007–2008)

      • Dean’s Council (2007–2008)

      • University Senate Committee (2007–2008)

      • University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (2007–2009)

      • University Graduate Committee (2007–2009)

      • Research Data Committee (2007–2008)

      • SACS Committee/QEP Committee (committees dealing with the regional accreditation body) (2007–2008)

      • MBR RISE Advisory Committee (Health Sciences research advisory committee) (2007–2008)

      • UTB/TSC Research Symposium Organising Committee Co-chair (2007–2008)

      • UTB/TSC Academic Partnership Committee (2007–2008)

      • P-16 Advisory Council (2007–2008)

      • Sigma Xi Honor Society

    • As Dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology:

      • Review and recommend promotion and tenure of faculty members.

      • Review and recommend cases of exceptional merit.

      • Annually review faculty performance.

      • Responsible for curriculum content and conformance to the guidelines provided by the University of Texas Board of Regents.

      • Hire and evaluate classified and professional staff.

      • Directly supervise chairs of the Departments of:

        • Biology

        • Chemistry and Environmental Science

        • Computer Science

        • Engineering

        • Mathematics

        • Physics and Astronomy

      • Collaborate closely with the directors for the Centers for:

        • Biomedical Studies

        • Gravitational Wave Astronomy

      • Set strategic direction for the College and determined metrics to monitor progress.

      • Refined the College mission and vision.

      • Reviewed and clarified the College Promotion, Tenure and Exceptional Merit documentation.

      • Created an industry advisory committee for the College of Science, Mathematics and Technology.

      • Engaged student representatives (undergraduate and graduate) in college-level committees as a means of including more constituent input through shared governance.

      • Empowered department chairs by not requiring the Dean’s signature on all paperwork.

      • Dealt with various difficult faculty issues including failure to secure tenure or retention, sexual harassment claims against a department chair, and student complaints against faculty members.

      • Facilitated Ph.D. in Physics through the University of Texas at San Antonio and delivered on the University of Texas at Brownsville campus.

      • Facilitated interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Biotechnology offered by the University of Utah and delivered on the University of Texas at Brownsville campus. This program involves collaboration between Biology, Computer Science and Engineering.

      • Moving toward a Ph.D. in Computer Science offered at the University of Texas at Brownsville campus through the University of Texas at Arlington.

      • Involved in the creation of a Forensic Science program as a joint collaborative effort between Computer Science and the Criminal Justice departments.

      • Secured funds for two new faculty lines within the College.

    • Initiated program and curriculum enhancements in preparation for ABET accreditation visit for Computer Science and Engineering programs.

    • Chair of the Search Committee for Academic Advisor

    • Member of Search Committee for 2 faculty positions.

    • Chair of the Department of Computer and Information Science Personnel Committee.

    • Member of Department of Computer and Information Science Curriculum Committee.

    • Courses taught and developed:

      • COSC4342 Database Management Systems (Spring 2009)

      • COSC4346 Software Engineering (Fall 2009)

      • COSC4300 Compiler Construction (Spring 2010)

      • CIST4346 Systems Analysis and Design (Spring 2010)

      • COSC5342 Database Management Systems (Graduate) (Spring 2009)

      • COSC5346 Software Engineering (Graduate) (Fall 2009)

      • COSC5300 Compiler Construction (Graduate) (Spring 2010)

      • CIST5346 Systems Analysis and Design (Graduate) (Spring 2010)

Montana State University

Montana State University is the land grant institution in Montana and is recognized as a student-centered research university with an enrolment of approximately 13,000 students on the Bozeman campus – the main campus of the four campus Montana State University system. Montana State University at Bozeman was recently recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a very high research activity institution within the US. The Bozeman campus employs approximately 3,000 classified professional and faculty members. The other three campuses enrol approximately 7,000 students and employ 1,500 faculty and staff.

Academic Duties

  • Courses taught and developed:

    • CS350 Theory of Computation (Junior/Senior) (Spring 2003)

    • CS351, Software Engineering and Project (Junior/Senior) (Fall 2003–04)

    • CS351, Software Engineering I (Junior) (Fall, 2005–07)

    • CS352, Software Engineering and Project (Junior/Senior) (Spring 2004–05)

    • CS451, Software Engineering II (Senior) (Spring, 2006–27)

    • CS460, Senior Design Project (Senior/Graduate) (Fall 2003–05)

    • CS461, Senior Design Project (Senior/Graduate) (Spring, 2004–06)

    • CS460/CS461 Senior Design Project (Senior) (2005)

      • A year-long interdisciplinary project sponsored by Boeing. 4 students worked with Computer Engineering students to build a prototypical wireless gaming environment for use in Boeing’s 787 due for production in 2008. The project involves the design and implementation of a software architecture to allow multiple players (up to 300 passengers to utilize state of the art games within the aircraft cabin. The architecture is constrained by power limits etc.)

      • A year-long interdisciplinary project with the Western Transportation Institute to develop a prototype smart message board system. The system is connected to roadside sensors and autonomously decides if warning messages need to be displayed.

      • A year-long project with OrbitOne to develop software operating on Nextel phones to permit the Bridger Fire service to know the location of all of their units. Overlays of fire ground and weather maps permit incident controllers to determine the safety of the fire crews.

    • CS470, Individual Problems (Senior) (2003–07)

    • CS570 Individual Problems (Graduate) (2004–07)

    • CS476, Internship (Spring, Summer, Fall, 2004–07)

    • Delivered a guest lecture on Computer Science to the ENGR100 class, Fall 2003.

  • Administration/Service

    • Head of Department of Computer Science (2003–07).

    • Invited participant in the Coalition for National Science Funding’s congressional visit to Washington D.C., September 12–13, 2006. I was the only representative from Montana that was invited to attend. The invitation was extended through the Computer Research Association.

    • Fundraising.

      • Secured $315,000 in support from Greg Gianforte, founder and CEO of RightNow Technologies to create the RightNow Distinguished Professorship in Computer Science.

      • Secured a gift of 14 servers and 2 telecommunications switches from Intel. Approximate value $30,000.

    • Established and industry advisory board to assist the department with ABET accreditation, curriculum development and to gather constituent feedback.

    • Created and established an industry affiliates program to secure funds for students and faculty while partnering with industry to solve computational problems relevant to their needs. Membership was set at $25,000/year.

    • Member of the University’s International Programs Advisory Committee (2003–07).

    • Chair of the College of Engineering Facilities and Resources Committee (2003–07).

    • Chair of the College of Engineering International Education Committee (2005–07).

    • Member of the University Computer Security Steering Committee (2006–07).

    • Member of the College of Engineering Graduate Committee (2003–2007).

    • Member of the University Administrative Information Systems Steering Committee (2004–07).

    • Member of the Computer Funds Administration Committee (CFAC) (2003).

    • Operations Section Chief in the MSU Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) (2004–07).

    • Member of the Task Force on Graduate Studies as part of the MSU 5 year Strategic Plan (2004–05).

    • Team Leader in the Banner Strategic Directions Committee (2004–05).

    • Member of the Classroom Scheduling Committee. Required to represent academic interests on all four campuses (2004–2007).

    • Member of the Presidential Medal Committee (2005–07). This committee evaluates nominations for the MSU presidential medal and makes appropriate recommendations to the Provost and the President.

    • Hiring authority for all hires in Computer Science (2003–07).

    • Member of the search committee for the Assistant Chief Information Officer (2006).

    • Member of the search committee for the Student System Lead Systems Analyst (2005).

    • Faculty advisor to students involved in the test-bed project with TechRanch. This is a project getting students involved in technology transfer from the Department of Defence to industrial partners.

    • Travel to India in February 2006 and September 2006 to recruit students for the College of Engineering and deliver talks at several universities and schools. This resulted in a 96% increase in international students in the College of Engineering between 2005/06 and 2006/07.

    • Represented the College of Engineering on a visit to Turkey to finalize international education opportunity (2004).

    • Review and recommend promotion, tenure and exceptional merit cases of faculty members.

    • Responsibility for attraction and retention of high calibre faculty with a view to increasing research productivity and stature of the department.

    • Development of relationships with industry and government organizations.

    • Leadership in curriculum development and reform.

    • Development and growth of the research program.

    • Enforced faculty accountability.

    • Financial management of the department.

    • Mentoring of faculty.

    • Supervision of professional staff.

    • Supervision of graduate and undergraduate research.

    • Instigated a campus-wide grid computing initiative. This involved identifying and gathering all potential stakeholders, explaining the initiative and securing buy-in through the provision of computing resources. Idle computing resources are now available for research and teaching purposes through the use of Condor and Globus.

University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide is the 3rd oldest university in Australia and regarded as one of the “Great Eight” Australian research universities – ranked in the top 200 universities in the world by the Times Higher Education Supplement. The University of Adelaide ha a student population of approximately 20,000 students with 2,000 employees. The Universities strengths include Engineering, Sciences and Business. The university has a very high profile in International Education having in excess of 4,000. It offers several degree programs in Singapore through the Ngee Ann Adelaide Education Center.


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