Judy Robertson Wins UndergraduateTeaching Award

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 7 December, 2009 – Scottish computer science professor Judy Robertson has been named the 2009 recipient of the Computer Science and Engineering Undergrad Teaching Award.

Robertson is senior lecturer in computer science at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. Her research interests include technology-enhanced learning, particularly exploring new and motivating ways to engage learners of all ages with the use of computing concepts. Her recent research has focused on the use of virtual world-building to facilitate the learning process.

Robertson is also the principal investigator of a grant, funded by Britain's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, that provides support to high school teachers in the use of game-making projects with their students. She received her BSc in computer science and artificial intelligence at the University of Edinburgh in 1997 and a PhD in artificial intelligence at the same university in 2001.

Robertson’s citation reads: “For outstanding contributions to the undergraduate education through teaching and the innovative use of pioneering technologies in teaching.”

Colleagues describe Robertson as an inspiring lecturer who freely shares her experiences, ideas, and knowledge, and embeds her research into her undergraduate teaching. Particularly noted was her ability to mentor, enthuse, and motivate her students so they achieve higher than average results.

The Computer Science and Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award recognizes outstanding contributions to undergraduate education through both teaching and service. This award is intended to highlight the Computer Society’s commitment to undergraduate education, as well as affirm its support for excellence in undergraduate education.
Any faculty member in a degree program in computer science, computer engineering, computer information systems, or a similar program is eligible to be nominated. The award consists of a stipend of $2,000, a plaque, and certificate.

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