Department: Computer Science
Jody Paul, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences at Metropolitan State University of Denver. His areas of expertise include artificial intelligence, software engineering, user-experience design and management of software development. He teaches Computer Science I, Introduction to the Theory of Computation, Software Development Methods and Tools, and Software Engineering Principles.
Paul began teaching at MSU Denver in 2001. Prior to teaching, he worked as a senior computer scientist with the Rand Corp. Paul spent time working in research and development at Quark and MapQuest. He was also a professor and director of learner-centered technology at the University of Colorado Denver. During his time at CU Denver, Paul founded the Children’s Literacy Project, a collaborative partnership with the Tattered Cover Book Store that helped involve university students in the development of software that promotes literacy among children. Paul has worked with the College Board since 1993, where he has helped develop scoring standards for Advanced Placement testing and was a faculty consultant. He currently works for the College Board as a workshop consultant.
His research areas include software engineering, cognitive science and artificial intelligence, knowledge assessment and computer-science education.
Paul received his doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1986, 1980 and 1978, respectively.
Steve Beaty, Ph.D., has an extensive background in both the theoretic and pragmatic aspects of computers and networks. He wrote compilers at Cray Computer, managed a large group of developers and was a software test architect at Hewlett-Packard. He was also the security team lead at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder.
At Metropolitan State University of Denver, Beaty is currently a professor of Computer Science and has served as chair of the Mathematical and Computer Sciences Department and interim vice-president for Information Technology. He works on a number of open-source projects, consults with a variety of businesses and interviews regularly with the media.