Newsmaker: Frank Pfenning
By Debra Erdley
Published: Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Noteworthy: Named chairman of Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Science Department
Residence: Squirrel Hill
Family: Wife, Nancy, and three children
Background: Pfenning joined CMU as a research scientist after completing his doctorate. He became an associate professor in 1999 and full professor in 2002. He was instrumental in a recent update of CMU's introductory computer science curriculum. His research interests include the design of programming languages and logics for enhancing computer security.
Quote: “I'm not sure what the greatest challenge in providing our students with a solid grounding to move computer science forward is, but my top three are a lack of understanding of computer science among high school teachers, a still rapidly evolving field and a consequent lack of stability in teaching materials and programming languages.”
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