IT&E Faculty Honored at Spring Awards Banquet

Posted: April 29, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Three members of the School of Information Technology and Engineering (IT&E) faculty were honored, along with outstanding students, at the school’s annual spring awards banquet held earlier this month. The awards were sponsored by area companies and foundations.

Harry Wechsler, professor of computer science and director of the Center for Distributed and Intelligent Computation, was named Outstanding Research Faculty, and he received an award presented by CACI International Inc.

Wechsler has achieved worldwide attention for his research in biometrics and face recognition. He also does research in data mining, pattern recognition, and human-computer interaction. He currently serves as a consultant on biometrics for enhanced security at U.S. ports of entry, and he is working on a U.S. Department of Defense homeland security program on face recognition in video images.

Jeff Offutt, associate professor of information and software engineering, was named Outstanding Teacher, and his award was presented by CEXEC Inc. He has taught students at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels and receives extremely high ratings from student evaluations.

In addition to having outstanding teaching skills, Offutt has developed a popular graduate course on Software Engineering for the World Wide Web as well as a companion undergraduate course for computer science students. He has also developed two Ph.D. courses, Analysis of Software for Testing and Software Engineering Experimentation, and led the development of a new certificate in web-based software engineering and a new software engineering track in the Ph.D. in Information Technology program. He is the graduate coordinator for the master’s program in software engineering and directs the Software Engineering Research Laboratory.

The Outstanding Adjunct Faculty award, presented by webMethods Inc., went to John Matusik, a registered engineer with more than 20 years of experience in civil engineering and surveying, specializing in hydraulics and hydrology for urban projects. He is the director of water resources and is the Loudoun branch manager for The Engineering Groupe. He has been an adjunct in IT&E for the past seven years, teaching in the Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering (CEIE) Department.

Matusik teaches two or three courses each year, including some with lab sections. Two years ago, he and CEIE Chair Tomas Arciszewski received a grant to develop a course called Introduction to Design and Inventive Engineering, which provides undergraduates with a foundation in the engineering design methodology of inventive problem solving.

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