Patricia McDermotte Wells Portrait

Patricia McDermott-Wells

Associate Teaching Professor

Over 45 years as a professional software developer and system software specialist, from mainframes to PCs. Now sharing my passion for technology to help launch the next generation of experts.

Honors and Awards
  • KFSCIS Faculty Service Award, Knight Foundation School of Computing & Information Sciences, 2021
  • CEC Faculty Service Award, FIU College of Engineering and Computing, 2019
  • FIU College of Engineering Excellence in Teaching award, 2016
  • Nominated for FIU Faculty Senate Excellence in Teaching award, 2016
  • SCIS Excellence in Teaching Award, 2013-2014
  • FIU Adjunct Faculty Excellence-in-Teaching Award, 2011-2012
  • Nominated for President’s Award for Access & Diversity, FIU Service & Recognition Awards, 2010
  • Nominated for President’s Award for Access & Diversity, FIU Service & Recognition Awards, 2009
Research and Educational Interests

Software/technology for blind students to do math; alternative input technologies

Background Education

2015 Ph.D., Computer Information Systems, Nova Southeastern University
1979 M.S., Management Science/Operations Research, University of Miami
1977 B.A., Mathematics, University of Miami

Professional Activities
  • ACM member
  • Faculty Advisor for FIU STARS (Students in Technology, Academia, Research, and Service)
  • FIU KFSCIS Undergraduate Program Curriculum Committee
  • FIU Senate Academic Integrity Committee
  • FIU KFSCIS Chair, Academic Integrity Committee
  • FIU Tech Integrity Workgroup
Professional Experience
  • FIU SCIS Instructor since 2000: IT, CS, and Math courses
  • Senior Consultant, Mega-Data Services, Inc.: mainframe software development, training, and consulting; PC software development; instructional resources developer; courseware developer
Selected Publications
  • McDermott-Wells, P. M. (2015). Math in the Dark: Tools for Expressing Mathematical Content by Visually Impaired Students. Doctoral dissertation. Nova Southeastern University. Retrieved from NSUWorks, College of Engineering and Computing. (61)
  • McDermott-Wells, P. M. (2006). Evaluation of Three Stylus-Based Text Input Methods on a Pocket PC Mobile Device. Proceedings of IEEE SoutheastCon 2006 Conference, Memphis, TN. March 30-April 2, 2006.
  • McDermott-Wells, P. M. (2004). What is Bluetooth? IEEE Potentials 23(5) 33-35. Ranked in top 10 most accessed articles in IEEE Potentials for December 2004, and top 100 in April 2005.
  • McDermott-Wells, P. M. (2004). Bluetooth Scatternet Models. IEEE Potentials, 23(5) 36-39.
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