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The majority of the faculty was comprised of members or alums of the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science and the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab. Two instructors came from the ranks of ArsDigita Corporation.

The former director of the university, Shai Simonson, who was the instructor for three courses, is a professor at Stonehill College, where he has taught in every area of the CS curriculum.

"Am I barking up the wrong bologna tree?"
- Shai Simonson, Director and Instructor

Mark Dettinger. Recitation instructor for "Algorithms", a course that he has taught at the University of Ulm. Dettinger has a PhD in computer science from University of Ulm.

Alan Frank. Recitation instructor for "Object-oriented Program Design". Frank studied mathematics at Oberlin College and as a graduate student at Brown University. He has worked as a professional programmer for over 20 years, most recently with Dynamic Healthcare Technologies, and is an avid puzzle player.

David Goddeau. Instructor for "Object-oriented Program Design". Goddeau is an alumnus of the MIT Spoken Language Group. Since leaving MIT, he has worked on speech recognition software at Compaq's Cambridge Research Lab and Speechworks.

Philip Greenspun. Instructor for "Software Engineering for Web Applications", a course that he initially developed for MIT and that has subsequently been taught at Caltech, Stanford, Berkeley, University of Massachusetts, and University of Hamburg. Greenspun has a PhD in computer science from MIT.

Tara Holm. Instructor for "Mathematics for Computer Science". Holm has extensive experience as a calculus TA at Dartmouth College and as a graduate student TA at MIT. She is working towards her PhD in mathematics at MIT (June 2001).

Ravi Jasuja (ravi@arsdigita.com). Instructor for "Database Management Systems".

Tina Kapur. Instructor for "Probabilistic Systems Analysis". Kapur has a PhD in computer science from MIT: Model based three dimensional Medical Image Segmentation. She was a TA at MIT and at Mount Holyoke for Math and Computer Science courses. Kapur has been Chief Scientist at Visualization Technology Inc., an image-guided surgery company, since getting her PhD.

John Pezaris. Instructor for "Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs". John has taught the full suite of core undergraduate computer science and electrical engineering courses at MIT, and was recognized for his teaching abilities by promotion to Instructor-G while a graduate student at MIT. Pezaris has a master's in computer architecture from MIT and a PhD in computational neuroscience from Caltech. He is currently doing post-doctoral work on artifical eyes at Harvard Medical School.

Gill Pratt. Instructor for "How Computers Work". Gill has been heavily involved in the development and teaching of MIT's core computer architecture subject, 6.004, and is considered one of the best teachers in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Pratt has a PhD in computer science from MIT. He is currently a principle investigator with the MIT Leg Laboratory.

Luis Rodriguez. Instructor for "Systems". Luis was a popular teacher during his graduate school career at MIT. He was a recitation instructor for 6.001 ("Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs") and a TA for 6.033 ("Systems"). He also worked at Xerox PARC for a year after completing his S.M. at MIT. Rodriguez has a PhD in computer science from MIT.

Shai Simonson. Instructor for "The Theory of Computation", "Discrete Mathematics", and "Algorithms". From 1991 through 2000 Simonson was a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Stonehill College, where he taught in every area of the CS curriculum. Prior to taking over CS instruction at Stonehill, Simonson was a professor in the EECS department at University of Illinois. He received a BA in mathematics from Columbia University and a PhD in computer science at Northwestern University.

Rajeev Surati. Instructor for "Probabilistic Systems Analysis". Rajeev has extensive experience as a graduate student TA in many core computer science classes at MIT. Surati has a PhD in computer science from MIT.

Patrick Henry Winston. Instructor for "Banzai AI", a field in which he has been a pioneer. Patrick is the author of six undergraduate computer science textbooks, including Artificial Intelligence. Winston is renowned for his teaching of 6.034 at MIT and for his teaching of "How to Speak" during IAP. He is the past president of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and former director of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Winston has a PhD in computer science from MIT.

Holly Yanco. Instructor for "Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs". Yanco was the recipient of the Frederick C. Hennie III Teaching Award for her work in teaching this course at MIT while studying for her PhD in computer science (June 2000).


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